The trade that is set to send him and Robinson Cano to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista has reportedly been agreed upon, pending physicals and league approval.
According to Davidoff’s sources (Noel Sevilla, who scouted and signed Diaz, as well as Diaz’ current agent, Edwin Rodriguez) the 24-year-old’s condition caused the Puerto Rican native’s 2012 signing bonus to drop $185,000 below slot value ($485,000) to $300,000, the smallest signing bonus of all 33 players selected in the third round of that year’s draft.
Since making his debut in 2016, the right-hander has never made a trip to the disabled list and has pitched to a 2.64 earned-run average over 140 appearances (191 innings), racking up 109 saves, a 4.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio (14.2 strikeouts, 3.0 walks per nine), 1.016 WHIP, and a 156 ERA+.
Last season, Diaz had a breakout season, owning a 1.96 ERA and led the American League with 57 saves. He struck out 15.2 and walked 2.1 batters per nine innings, respectively, with a 1.61 fielding independent pitching rating, 0.791 WHIP, and a 208 ERA+ rating over 73 appearances (73.1 innings).