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Red Sox reportedly interested in Mariners closer Edwin Diaz

Red Sox reportedly interested in Mariners closer Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz is one of the best closers in baseball, and the Red Sox are reportedly interested in acquiring him. According to the New York Post, Boston joins the Mets, Yankees, Braves, and Phillies as teams that have expressed the "strongest interest" in Diaz.

Seattle's 24-year-old closer is coming off a career, and historic, season. He struck out 124 batters in 73 1/3 innings (15.2 K/9), recorded a 1.96 ERA, and saved 57 games, tied for the second highest total in baseball history. Diaz made his first All-Star team and finished eighth in the AL Cy Young voting. 

Diaz features an upper 90's fastball and a devastating 90 mph slider that opponents hit just .133 against, according to Brooks Baseball.

The major road block to acquiring Diaz, assuming current closer Craig Kimbrel walks in free agency, would be Robinson Cano. 

Wait, what? Yep, former Yankee, Robby Cano. 

Cano, 36, is entering his sixth year of a ten year, $240 million contract he signed with Seattle prior to the 2014 campaign. 

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The second basemen's production has been pretty much up to the high standards of his contract, but he still has five years left making $24 million a season. 

The Mariners, who already traded ace James Paxton to the Yankees, are beginning a rebuild. Cano is not part of the future and Seattle doesn't want to pay out his contract. Cue an "I'll told you so" from everyone who said it was a bad idea to sign a 31 year-old, no matter how good he was/is, to one of the largest contracts ever.

Any team interested in acquiring Diaz is reportedly being asked to potentially take on Cano, and a large portion of his remaining contract. Just yesterday, a Cano-Ellsbury salary dump swap fell through. The Mets have dangled Jay Bruce in talks for Cano. 

It's hard to believe Boston, already balancing the luxury tax highwire, would be willing to acquire Cano.

Let's see what Dave Dombrowski cooks up. 

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MLB Rumors: Rick Porcello, Mets agree to one-year contract worth $10M

MLB Rumors: Rick Porcello, Mets agree to one-year contract worth $10M

The Rick Porcello reunion is off the table.

The free-agent right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Mets pending a physical, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris reported Thursday.

The one-year deal is worth $10 million, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

The Red Sox were rumored to be interested in re-signing Porcello after his contract expired in 2019, but New York also was eyeing the 30-year-old veteran and appears to have gotten its man.

Porcello was a workhorse during his five seasons in Boston, starting 32 or more games in four of those campaigns. His brilliant 2016 season -- 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA -- earned him American League Cy Young Award honors.

The New Jersey native struggled to a 5.52 ERA last season, though, and with the Red Sox looking to cut payroll, it seemed unlikely they would open their checkbooks for a starter north of 30.

Porcello's departure leaves a hole in Boston's rotation behind Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi.

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Chaim Bloom reacts to Gerrit Cole signing with Yankees

Chaim Bloom reacts to Gerrit Cole signing with Yankees

Chaim Bloom is well-aware of just how big of a move the Yankees made when they signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract on Tuesday. But the Red Sox chief baseball officer is staying patient.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, Bloom addressed the Cole signing and noted the importance of the front office not being too reactionary in their approach to the offseason.

"Look, we want to beat the Yankees as badly as anybody, trust me,” Bloom said. “I think it’s just a question of us being able to step back and say, ‘What is the best approach for us to do that?’ The more we feel like we’re being reactive to other teams’ moves, I think the more we’re playing their game. We might be pushing ourselves further from that objective rather than helping ourselves.”

Bloom was the Tampa Bay Rays' senior vice president of baseball operations prior to joining the Red Sox, so he's no stranger to seeing both Boston and New York making noise in the offseason. His experience with a much lower payroll in Tampa helped him learn to not be distracted by the big splashes made by division rivals.

“Having had the good fortune of being in this division for a long time, I’m kind of used to seeing the Yankees, and the Red Sox for that matter, do things over the years,” Bloom said. “It didn’t change things that much in terms of how I reacted to that. I think it’s one of the great things about the challenges of being in, what has been over the course of time probably the toughest division maybe in all of pro sports. You expect the standards to be very high and you expect your rivals to be constantly looking to improve, constantly find ways.

"The approach from team to team might vary, but you expect them to constantly be doing things to make themselves better. It’s important to not get distracted by that. It’s important to focus on your own club and how you can accomplish your goals.”

The Red Sox have made it clear they're aiming to shed payroll ahead of the 2020 season, so don't expect any Cole-like deals for Boston any time soon. Instead, prepare for stars like David Price and/or Mookie Betts to be shipped out of town before Opening Day.

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