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MLB Rumors: Why Red Sox, Mets may have 'comfort level' in Edwin Diaz trade talks

MLB Rumors: Why Red Sox, Mets may have 'comfort level' in Edwin Diaz trade talks

Shortly after winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox suffered their first loss of the offseason when longtime executive Allard Baird joined the New York Mets as an assistant general manager.

Eight months later, might there be a silver lining for Boston in Baird's departure?

The Red Sox reportedly are among the teams interested in Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline. For New York, it's a matter of what assets Boston can offer in return.

As the New York Post's Joel Sherman pointed out Monday, few front offices have a better understanding of those assets than the Mets, who plucked Baird and Jared Banner from the Red Sox last winter.

Prior to joining the Mets, Baird (a New Hampshire native) had been with the Red Sox since 2006, serving as vice president and director of professional scouting before rising to senior vice president of player personnel under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Banner, a graduate of Amherst College in Mass., spent over a decade with the Red Sox and was the team's vice president of player personnel when the Mets hired him last December.

ESPN's Buster Olney recently suggested Boston would have to include either third base prospect Bobby Dalbec or 2018 first-round pick Triston Casas in a deal for Diaz. Baird and Banner should have a strong idea of what both prospects bring to the table -- as well as a familiarity with Dombrowski that may aid Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen if he's looking to deal with their former boss.

Baird and Banner aren't the only former Sox staffers in New York, either: Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (2015 to 2017) and first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. (2016 to 2017) both spent time in Boston's organization recently, although they likely didn't have much contact with Dalbec, who spent 2016 and 2017 in Single-A.

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Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.