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MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'not overly impressed' with Edwin Diaz amid struggles

MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'not overly impressed' with Edwin Diaz amid struggles

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.

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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Sports world mourns Pete Frates, who died at 34 after battle with ALS

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Sports world mourns Pete Frates, who died at 34 after battle with ALS

Pete Frates' courageous battle with ALS ended Monday.

The former Boston College baseball star has died at age 34, his family confirmed in a statement early Monday afternoon.

Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012 at the age of 27. Over the next seven years, the Beverly, Mass., native dedicating himself to raising awareness about ALS, most successfully through the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a viral movement in the summer of 2014 that helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for ALS research.

Frates was active on social media and had avid supporters on the Boston sports scene, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz and many more. He also received a custom World Series ring from the Red Sox in 2019 following their 2018 title.

Frates leaves behind his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Lucy.

Frates' death Monday prompted an outpouring of condolences on social media, as teams and prominent sports figures highlighted the legacy he left behind.

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What are Red Sox's offseason plans? We'll start to find out at MLB's Winter Meetings

What are Red Sox's offseason plans? We'll start to find out at MLB's Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO — Baseball's Winter Meetings are underway at the Manchester Grand Hyatt overlooking scenic San Diego Bay, and don't be surprised if the Red Sox kick into gear this week.

Most of the front office and media flew out Sunday afternoon on JetBlue, where malfunctioning TVs kept the 150-odd passengers from watching the Patriots and Chiefs. That just meant CEO Sam Kennedy, GM Brian O'Halloran, and a host of others could work without distraction.

There is decidedly little buzz around the Red Sox at the moment, with most attention focused on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes. The Yankees and Dodgers have emerged as frontrunners for the former Astros co-ace, with New York reportedly planning to offer him a record $245 million contract that would trump David Price's for the largest ever given to a pitcher.

Some early market developments are working against the suddenly cost-conscious Red Sox, particularly the four-year, $64 million contract infielder Mike Moustakas signed with the Reds that is more than triple what he had been projected to receive by MLB Trade Rumors. While the Reds signed Moustakas to play second, it still makes you wonder why there was no market for J.D. Martinez, who almost certainly would've opted out of his contract had he felt motivated suitors existed.

As a means of comparison, the Moustakas contract is expected to drive up the price on free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos, a solid hitter entering his prime at age 27 who's coming off a 58-double season between the Tigers and Cubs. Castellanos is a nice offensive player, but he's nowhere near as impactful as Martinez, and while he's technically a corner outfielder, he's not a particularly good one.

It just reinforces the notion that between David Ortiz and Martinez, the Red Sox have consistently owned the biggest edge in the league at DH, where many clubs still refuse to spend real money.

The other Red Sox question, which we'll put to chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom later on Monday, is if the Red Sox can expect to act aggressively or reactively this week. Will they need to let some higher-end pieces fall into place before picking through what's left? Or can they start knocking over some dominoes a little farther down the line?

An offseason thus far marked by uncertainty should start to form some clarity this week, even if it's around the margins. The big stuff — pondering trades for Mookie Betts and/or David Price — won't happen in the next few days unless there's a marked change in baseball's approach to the offseason, which has unfolded at a glacial pace in recent years.

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