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Edwin Diaz | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 165
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details
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Mets acquired RHP Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in a multi-player trade.
Robinson Cano has received most of the attention in the deal, but Diaz is the real prize for New York. Arguably the best closer in the game today, the 24-year-old posted a dominant 1.96 ERA with 57 saves and a 124/17 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings this past season. The bullpen has been a major issue for the Mets in recent seasons and Diaz is a big first step toward turning that around. He won’t be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after the 2019 season Mon, Dec 3, 2018 03:42:00 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano trade to the Mets is "close."

Rosenthal says that the deal could be announced as soon as Friday. This backs up a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post that trade talks between the two teams are intensifying. Keep in mind that there's likely going to be money between the two clubs involved, and the Mariners will need Cano to waive his no-trade clause in order for this to happen. All that being said, there's a really good chance that Diaz and Cano are (essentially) Mets very soon.
Thu, Nov 29, 2018 08:21:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets, Yankees, Braves, Phillies, and Red Sox have expressed the "strongest interest" in Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.

But it sounds like the rebuilding Mariners will only consider trading Diaz if he is attached to a deal involving veteran second baseman Robinson Cano, who is owed $120 million on a contract that runs through 2023. Diaz was brilliant this past year in Seattle, delivering a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 124/17 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings while racking up an MLB-best 57 saves. It's going to require both young talent and the willingness to take on most (if not all) of that Cano cash to pluck the 24-year-old Diaz away from the M's.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 09:20:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Braves and Phillies have expressed interest in acquiring Edwin Diaz from the Mariners.

While the Mariners are playing the role of seller this winter as they attempt to reload their system, Diaz is one of the two players that has been deemed nearly "untouchable". Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Sunday that the club would need to be "completely overwhelmed" to consider a deal for Diaz -- that doesn't stop interested teams from trying, though.
Sun, Nov 25, 2018 07:51:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Mariners "continue to indicate to other teams that Edwin Diaz and Mitch Haniger are the closest they have to untouchable."

Olney adds that the Mariners "would have to be completely overwhelmed to consider a deal of either." Seattle has already traded James Paxton and would like to unload more as they punt on 2019 and gear up for future seasons, but it looks like they'll probably still have Diaz and Haniger on Opening Day. Diaz and Haniger are both under team control through 2022 and have yet to reach salary arbitration.
Sun, Nov 25, 2018 08:20:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Mariners intend to hold on to Edwin Diaz, Mitch Haniger, and Marco Gonzales.

Heyman was told that "everyone else is up for grabs." James Paxton and Jean Segura would seem to be highest in demand. Teams will surely call about Diaz, Haniger, and Gonzales as well, but there's not a sense of urgency to deal them due to the minimal cost involved. None of the trio are even arbitration-eligible just yet, so they could potentially be a part of the team's next contention cycle. The Mariners would have to be blown away.
Tue, Nov 6, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Edwin Diaz has been named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year.

This was mostly a formality after Diaz lapped his peers this year, recording a league-best 57 saves with a microscopic 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 124/17 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings. His arrival came a year after most, including us at Rotoworld, expected it, but oh boy, it came. He'll enter next spring as one of the first relievers expected to go off the board.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 07:39:00 PM

Edwin Diaz notched save No. 57 by striking out three of the four batters he faced Saturday against the Rangers.

Diaz tied Bobby Thigpen for the second highest single-season save total in MLB history. He was on pace to challenge Francisco Rodriguez's record of 62 for much of the season, but the Mariners' late-season struggles changed that. Still, he's had a year for the ages.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 12:48:00 AM

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his 56th save of the season on Monday against the Astros.

Diaz didn't strike anyone out, but it's tough to strike anyone out when you throw just five pitches -- four of them for strikes. Diaz is now just six saves away from tying Francisco Rodriguez's record of 62. There just aren't enough games left to project him to tie or beat the record, but considering how many close games the Mariners seem to play, it's not completely out of the realm of possibilities.
Mon, Sep 17, 2018 11:28:00 PM

Edwin Diaz allowed a solo homer to Justin Upton on Saturday, but managed to hang on for his 55th save of the season.

Upton brought the deficit to one when he went deep against Diaz with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that’s as close as the Angels would get. The M’s closer bounced back by getting Andrelton Simmons to line out and Jose Fernandez to fly out. Diaz has been scored upon in each of his last two experiences, but he has successfully converted each of his last eight save chances.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 01:43:00 AM

Edwin Diaz allowed a run on three hits and took a loss against the Padres on Tuesday.

Diaz was summoned to face the heart of the Padres order with the score tied in the ninth inning and allowed a run for the first time since August 18. The 24-year-old righty got into trouble immediately, surrendering back-to-back singles to Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer, before serving up a go-ahead RBI double to Wil Myers later in the frame. With the loss, Diaz falls to 0-4 with a 1.95 ERA and 119/16 K/BB ratio in 69 appearances. He's on the precipice of a historic season and needs just nine saves to break the all-time single-season record.
Wed, Sep 12, 2018 02:22:00 AM

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 54th save on Sunday in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Diaz did hit Andrew McCutchen, but there were no other runners. Diaz also struck out one, bringing his season total to 118 in just 68 innings. It's been a sensational season for the 24-year-old right-hander, but he'll need eight saves in the next 19 games to tie Francisco Rodriguez's record of 62. That's not impossible, but it's not close to probable, especially with the Mariners struggling. Nevertheless, this is one of the most impressive closing seasons in this century.
Sun, Sep 9, 2018 07:21:00 PM

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two to pick up his 53rd save in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles.

Diaz struck out the first two hitters he saw, and got a weak fly to right to give him his 53rd save in 57 tries. He's now struck out a whopping 117 hitters in 67 1/3 innings, and his ERA drops to 1.87. Diaz is on pace for 61 saves now, which would put him one behind the all-time record of 62 behind Francisco Rodriguez.
Thu, Sep 6, 2018 01:18:00 AM

Edwin Diaz struck out the side and picked up his 52nd save of the season on Monday in a 2-1 victory over the Orioles.

This was unfair. Diaz faced the top of the Baltimore lineup, but he was still able to strike out the side and pick up his 52nd save in 56th save. He threw 15-of-23 pitches for strikes, and the three punchouts gives the 24-year-old stopper 115 in just 66 innings. He's no longer on-pace to break the save record of 62 set by Francisco Rodriguez, but he's still having one of the best closer seasons we've seen. He's sensational.
Mon, Sep 3, 2018 11:48:00 PM

Edwin Diaz wasn't at his best but he managed to get the last four outs of the game for a save against the Athletics on Saturday.

He was called upon to squelch a bases-loaded threat with two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a bases-clearing double to Marcus Semien, with all three of those runs being charged to Alex Colome. Diaz came back out for the ninth and walked the leadoff hitter before striking out the next three batters swinging. He leads the majors with 51 saves (14 more than anyone else) and owns a cool 1.93 ERA on the season.
Sun, Sep 2, 2018 01:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Travis d'Arnaud
3Tomas Nido
1B1Todd Frazier
2Jeff McNeil
3J.D. Davis
4Dominic Smith
2B1Robinson Cano
2T.J. Rivera
3Dilson Herrera
SS1Amed Rosario
3B1Jed Lowrie
LF1Michael Conforto
2Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Juan Lagares
2Keon Broxton
3Rajai Davis
4Gregor Blanco
RF1Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Zack Wheeler
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Corey Oswalt
7Kyle Dowdy
8Hector Santiago
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Jeurys Familia
3Robert Gsellman
4Seth Lugo
5Paul Sewald
6Daniel Zamora
7Luis Avilan
8Drew Smith
9Tyler Bashlor
10Tim Peterson
11Eric Hanhold
12Drew Gagnon
13Ryan O'Rourke