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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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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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