3 Most Likely Destinations for Edwin Diaz If Mets Move Closer Prior to MLB Trade Deadline

Dan Israeli
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The New York Mets have a lot of big decisions to make as we approach the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline. The first one will be whether or not they're sellers. If the Mets do opt to go in that direction, the next question will be who they'll deal from their handful of viable trade assets.

One of the most talked about names of late is closer Edwin Diaz. The electric reliever was one of two centerpieces in an offseason trade the Mets made with the Seattle Mariners, which also netted them second baseman Robinson Canó.

Considering what the Mets gave up two of their top prospects to acquire Diaz, the organization's asking price is reportedly very high for the struggling closer. If they ultimately get the haul they're asking for, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Diaz.

3. Boston Red Sox

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The Boston Red Sox have been doing a lot of bullpen shuffling this season, as they've had multiple ninth-inning options during the 2019 season. Currently, Brandon Workman is serving as the team's closer, after that role was originally split between Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes. Nathan Eovaldi's name is being thrown around too, as it appears the Red Sox are willing to try anything to close out games. And that may include a trade for someone like Diaz.

2. Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins have already been linked to the Mets, surrounding starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler. The Twins are also looking to sure up their bullpen by acquiring an impact reliever, and that's where they could target Diaz. If they pair one of those starters with the Mets' closer, it would be a monster deal, but one that could be a real difference maker at the deadline. No matter the trade structure, the Twins would most likely need to trade at least one of their top prospects in shortstop Royce Lewis (MLB's No. 7 prospect overall) or outfielder Alex Kirilloff (No. 16).

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are seemingly locked in on trading for a relief pitcher prior to the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline. While they are arguably the most complete team in the Majors, the Dodgers could use some more stable options in the pen to create the bridge to their All-Star closer, Kenley Jansen. As a result, they have been heavily linked to Diaz, and have a boatload of assets to entice the Mets with. Some names rumored as trade chips are shortstop Gavin Lux (currently in Triple-A) and outfielder Alex Verdugo, but it might take both to send Diaz to Los Angeles.

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