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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams interested in Mets closer Edwin Diaz

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams interested in Mets closer Edwin Diaz

It's no secret that the Boston Red Sox are missing a piece in their bullpen. Throughout the season, they have struggled to close out games and have the worst save percentage in the entire MLB (53.9 percent).

While Brandon Workman, Matt Barnes, and Nathan Eovaldi could end up being quality late-inning arms, the team still seems likely to look for a closer in the lead-up to the MLB trade deadline. They have started to click, especially on offense, as July comes to a close, so Dave Dombrowski may want to solidify what is appearing to be the biggest weakness of the reigning World Series Champions.

And according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Red Sox may be among the teams that are demonstrating an interest in New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz.

Diaz, 25, posted a 1.96 ERA, 124 strikeouts, and 57 saves for the Seattle Mariners in 2018 before being traded for a haul of prospects during the offseason. Diaz's 2019 hasn't been nearly as good, as he has logged a 4.81 ERA with the Mets while making just 22 saves and striking out 61. He has also blown four saves this year which is as many as he recorded in 61 chances last year.

Still, Diaz is young, controllable, and has shown high-level upside. If Dombrowski and the Red Sox think that he could be a long-term answer in the back-end of their bullpen, they could attempt to acquire him, even if it means sacrificing some top prospects.

Of course, that might be the problem. The Red Sox have a fairly thin farm system as a part of Dombrowski's previous trades. So, unless the Mets sell low on Diaz -- a highly unlikely outcome given what they paid for him -- the Sox may have trouble putting together an enticing enough package to land him.

As our own John Tomase recently pointed out, the Red Sox may look towards acquiring more of a veteran option to close, like Kirby Yates of the San Diego Padres. Either way, we'll soon see if Boston elects to bolster its bullpen ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline.

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Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Two more Boston Red Sox players have contracted COVID-19, including their projected Opening Day starter.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and third baseman Bobby Dalbec have tested positive for COVID-19, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Tuesday.

Rodriguez currently is home in Miami and hasn't joined the team after recently being around someone who was sick. The 27-year-old still is "not feeling 100 percent," per Roenicke, but is feeling "better" than he has in recent days and has told his manager he still wants to pitch on Opening Day.

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The Red Sox begin their shortened 2020 season July 24 against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, and Rodriguez was set to start as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter with Chris Sale sidelined due to injury.

Dalbec also hasn't reported to Fenway Park for training camp and is asymptomatic, according to Roenicke.

The Red Sox now have had four players test positive for COVID-19, as pitchers Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor received positive tests last week.

Boston has been less impacted by the coronavirus than clubs like the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, who had to close their spring training facilities due to multiple positive tests. But the Red Sox haven't steered clear of the virus and will have to take precautions as Opening Day draws nearer.

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

How do you shorten each team's regular-season schedule by 102 games while maintaining parity?

The simple answer: You don't.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2020 regular season schedule Monday, in which teams will play 60 games total: 40 against division opponents and 20 against teams in the corresponding geographic division of the other league.

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This format obviously benefits clubs that play in weaker divisions while hurting teams that have to see more of their difficult opponents.

As you'll soon find out, for example, the Boston Red Sox will have their hands full playing three series apiece against the American League East rival New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in addition to facing several quality teams in the National League East.

So, who are the biggest winners and losers of MLB's unprecedented 60-game schedule? Let's dive in.

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