It's no longer a secret that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Edwin Diaz.
But acquiring the All-Star closer from the New York Mets may require some negotiating.
In his notebook for MLB.com on Monday night, Mark Feinsand reported the Red Sox have "already had conversations" with the Mets about Diaz ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline. But Feinsand noted the Red Sox are hesitant to part with their top two prospects: infielder Triston Casas and third baseman Bobby Dalbec.
"The Red Sox have no plans to deal Triston Casas," Feinsand wrote, adding Dalbec "might be difficult to pry away."
That may be a sticking point for the Mets, who are in the market for third basemen and likely would demand Casas or Dalbec in trade talks, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
But Feinsand reported Boston is willing to deal any other of its prospects -- and also threw out another interesting name.
"The Mets would demand a big haul to trade Diaz, but Michael Chavis could be a good start to a potential package," Feinsand wrote.
Chavis is enjoying a strong rookie season with Boston -- 16 home runs and 55 RBIs through 83 games -- while platooning at second and first base. The 23-year-old has plenty of upside, but the Red Sox also don't have a permanent spot for him, and trading him for a proven closer like Diaz may be worth the price for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
Diaz's contract also is a plus; the 25-year-old is making just $607,425 this season and is under team control for the next three seasons, and Boston will be more tempted to acquire him if it can stay under the $246 million luxury tax.
Either way, expect Dombrowski to be active over the next 30 hours: Feinsand adds the Red Sox are "expected" to add one or two relievers before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
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