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Red Sox out on Edwin Diaz? Mets reportedly may not trade closer

Red Sox out on Edwin Diaz? Mets reportedly may not trade closer

It appears no one will win the Edwin Diaz sweepstakes.

The current "belief" is that the New York Mets won't trade their closer before the MLB trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Diaz had garnered interested from several teams -- including the Boston Red Sox -- and was considered one of the biggest names on the 2019 trade market after a 2018 All-Star campaign in which he led the league in saves with 57.

But the 25-year-old closer is having an abysmal season for the Mets that hit a new low Tuesday, when his fifth blown save ballooned his ERA to 5.05.

Heyman reported earlier Wednesday the Red Sox were "not overly impressed" with Diaz so far this season, and it seems other clubs have come to the same conclusion.

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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 'unlikely' to trade for Edwin Diaz, eyeing 'lesser names'

MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'unlikely' to trade for Edwin Diaz, eyeing 'lesser names'

Are you hoping the Boston Red Sox make a big splash ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline? You may have to settle for a small ripple.

The Red Sox now are "unlikely" to trade for New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz and instead plan to target "lesser names" on the bullpen market, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

That's a notable development, as the Red Sox reportedly were the team "most invested" in landing Diaz as of Monday night. Boston owns the worst save percentage in baseball, and Diaz is on a relatively cheap deal ($607,425 in 2019) with team control through 2022.

But for that reason, the Mets likely would demand a hefty trade package for the 25-year-old closer. And as The Boston Globe's Alex Speier wrote Monday night, the Red Sox may be hesitant to deplete their farm system or deplete their core to acquire him.

"One person familiar with the Red Sox’ thinking suggested that they felt a smaller deal to supplement the bullpen was more likely than a target who would come with long-term control such as Diaz," Speier wrote.

Raisel Iglesias and Shane Greene also are under long-term control, which would raise their price tags. But president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski still could target a quality rental such as San Francisco Giants left-hander Will Smith or Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles.

It appears the defending World Series champs aren't willing to spend big to address their reliever need, however.

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