Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Seattle Mariners are listening to offers for star closer Edwin Diaz. Morosi believes the Mariners could continue their selling off after dealing ace James Paxton to the New York Yankees earlier this week.
Morosi also notes that the Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in Diaz (and Jean Segura). The Braves have shown interest in Diaz too, and Morosi believes the Mets could as well.
Diaz, 24, led the major leagues with 57 saves in 2018 while posting a 1.96 ERA, 1.61 FIP, 0.79 WHIP and had 124 strikeouts compared to only 17 walks in 73.1 innings. His 3.5 fWAR ranked him second among relievers in 2018, and his 3.2 bWAR ranked fourth.
The young right-hander is under control through the 2022 season and will be first-time arbitration eligible after the 2019 season. In 191 major league innings, he has allowed only 6.1 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 3.0 BB/9 and struck out 14.2 K/9.
One of the biggest keys for the Mets this offseason is the overhaul of a bullpen that had a 4.96 ERA this past season.