The New York Mets reportedly want a substantial haul for Edwin Diaz if they deal him before Wedneday's MLB trade deadline.
But the All-Star closer isn't helping their cause.
Diaz blew his fifth save of the season Tuesday night on the eve of the deadline, allowing one run while walking two and hitting a batter. After coughing up runs in consecutive outings, his ERA now sits at 5.05.
And the Boston Red Sox, one of the teams reportedly interested in Diaz, is starting to wonder if the 25-year-old is worth the cost, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Red Sox not overly impressed by the recent Edwin Diaz. Lot of teams need pen help but the timing makes it tough for a Diaz deal. Mets would have to have completely lost faith to trade him now.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019
Diaz had a stellar 2018 campaign with the Seattle Mariners, tallying an MLB-best 57 saves along with a 1.97 ERA. But he's been a disaster in New York this season, entering Wednesday with an ugly 1.463 WHIP and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.20, nearly half of his 2018 total.
Reports earlier this week suggested the Red Sox would have to part with top prospects Tristan Casas or Bobby Dalbec or even starting outfielder Andrew Benintendi to acquire Diaz, who's on a cheap contract with team control through 2022.
But it appears Boston is having second thoughts on whether it would even want Diaz in the first place.
It was reported Tuesday that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his staff are targeting "lesser" bullpen names than Diaz for a cheaper price, so the Mets' volatile closer seems to be off their radar as 4 p.m. ET draws near.
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