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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 third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers doesn't always have the easiest time preparing for games. 

After a breakout season in 2019 (.311, 32 homers, 115 RBI, .916 OPS), the 23-year-old has turned into one of Boston's best at the plate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't experience anxiety. 

The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato sat down with Devers for an interview before the MLB postponed its season due to the coronavirus, and Devers indicated that he still feels a rush before games begin.

“The hardest thing I still go through is every game I still get this anxiousness of the game starting," Devers said, according to Mastrodonato. "It’s this happiness of being out there and being on the field and playing and getting over that anxiety. I’m just over-emotional about the opportunity and being out there playing.

“Because it’s not like a nervous thing, it’s more of an excited thing. That first inning is a big rush. But after that first inning settles, I get an at-bat and it’s like, alright, the game kind of settles. It’s just me being overly emotional about how happy I am.”

“It’s something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here. I’ve been working with previous people in the organization that led me to some of my breathing techniques that I do now. But it’s all about controlling myself. I know it. It’s still there and I’m still working on it. But I have gotten much better at it.”

Of course, you can tell that Devers can't wait to take the field -- he lights up like a kid on Christmas -- but you'd never know truly how emotional he gets. 

In three seasons with the Red Sox, Devers has hit .282 with 211 RBI, 63 home runs and a 5.8 WAR. Based on his 2019 stats, those pregame jitters must've been a little easier to deal with last season. 

Whatever's in store for the Red Sox in 2020, and whenever the baseball season begins, we should expect some big things from Devers in his fourth season.

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

R.I.P. Bill Buckner. Ten months later.

Why was the former Red Sox first baseman, who died on May 27, 2019, trending on Twitter Friday night?

It can apparently be traced to New York Times political writer Maggie Haberman on Friday afternoon tweeting a link to Buckner's obit from ESPN.com from the day he died of complications from Lewy body dementia at 69.

Haberman has 1.2 million Twitter followers and it appears some of them thought this was new news.

Former Boston Globe columnist and current MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle tweeted a Buckner tribute a few hours after Haberman's tweet. 

R.I.P Bill Bucker tweets followed well into Friday night, along with plenty informing the tweeter that Buckner had passed away months earlier. 

Haberman appeared to acknowledge her odd timing in a follow-up tweet.

No matter. As Barnicle points out, Buckner ought not to be remembered for the error that was the first line in his obit, but as a terrific hitter (2,715 hits, .289 career batting average, National League-leading .324 in 1980) in a 22-year major league career with five teams (Dodgers, Cubs, two stints with the Red Sox, Angels and Royals). 

And really, anytime is a good time to look back at that.