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MLB rumors: Red Sox viewed as team 'most invested' in Edwin Diaz trade pursuit

MLB rumors: Red Sox viewed as team 'most invested' in Edwin Diaz trade pursuit

The Boston Red Sox need a closer, and New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz is one of the best candidates for the defending World Series champs to pursue as the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaches.

Diaz is struggling this season with a 1-6 record and a 4.95 ERA, but he did tally an American League-leading 57 saves for the Seattle Mariners in 2018. There's no question he's very talented, and playing behind an excellent Red Sox defense could benefit him tremendously.

The Mets are among the teams to keep a particularly close eye on at the trade deadline. They have several pitchers rumored to be available, including starters Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, in addition to Diaz.

The Red Sox reportedly have interest in acquiring Diaz, and ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted an update on the situation Monday night:

Diaz is under team control through 2022, and his $607,425 salary is ideal for a Red Sox franchise with the highest payroll in the league and very close to the luxury tax. 

What would the Red Sox have to give up for Diaz? Olney tweeted earlier Monday that 'Any Red Sox offer for (Diaz) would presumably include minor-league slugger Bobby Dalbec."

Dalbec is one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization, but with Rafael Devers establishing himself as the team's third baseman of the present and future, there probably won't be a ton of opportunity for Dalbec on Boston's major league roster in the coming years. 

Dalbec is a talented prospect with a bright future, but the opportunity to strengthen a team that could contend for another World Series title is one worth the taking. Improving the bullpen should be the No. 1 objective for Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski before Wednesday's deadline. Diaz, or another bullpen target such as San Francisco Giants closer Will Smith, would be an excellent acquisition for the Sox as the postseason races heat up.

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Hyundai releases Super Bowl commercial featuring David Ortiz, John Krasinski

Hyundai releases Super Bowl commercial featuring David Ortiz, John Krasinski

Hyundai will have a new commercial during Super Bowl LIV, but the car company released the full version of that ad Monday.

The commercial will be very relatable to anyone from Boston. 

The star-studded cast has plenty of Boston ties, including actors Chris Evans and John Krasinski, former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch, as well as Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who appears at the end of the ad. The commercial focuses on a new feature from Hyundai called "remote smart parking assist", or "smaht pahk," for anyone saying it with a Boston accent.

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Check out the minute-long commercial in the video below:

Sunday night's Super Bowl matchup in Miami will not include the New England Patriots for the first time since the 2015 season, but that doesn't mean the Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers showdown lacks Pats-related storylines.

Tomase: Sensing real momentum for a Mookie Betts trade

MLB Rumors: Mookie Betts, Red Sox had massive gap in 2019 contract talks

MLB Rumors: Mookie Betts, Red Sox had massive gap in 2019 contract talks

If you ask Lou Merloni, there's a reason the Boston Red Sox are actively looking to trade Mookie Betts before the season begins.

The Red Sox avoided arbitration with Betts settling on a one-year, $27 million contract with the outfielder earlier this month.

But that's after Boston failed on several occasions to sign Betts to a long-term contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

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According to Merloni, the two sides weren't even close.

The former Red Sox infielder reported Tuesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" that Boston offered Betts a 10-year, $300 million contract extension following the 2018 season. Betts countered with 12 years and $420 million, according to Merloni, and the deal fell through.

That gap of $120 million marked the third consecutive offseason the Red Sox and Betts were off by roughly $100 million in contract negotiations, citing the eight-year, $200 million offer Betts rejected following the 2017 season and the five-year, $100 million deal he turned down after the 2016 season.

Merloni added he's unsure whether the Red Sox made another offer to Betts this offseason -- but the fact that they're discussing a Betts trade with the likes of the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers should answer that question.

"They can't get it done," Merloni said on WEEI. "They know they can't get it done. When you go to a guy for three years in a row and you're off by almost $100 million -- in one instance over $100 million -- they know they can't sign him."

The 12-year, $420 offer Betts reportedly seeks is in line with recent major league megadeals: Slightly south of Mike Trout's 12-year, $430 million behemoth but north of Bryce Harper's 13-year, $330 million deal.

Boston reportedly was unwilling to shell out that kind of cash for Betts -- and may lose the former American League MVP because of it.