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The Seattle Mariners have made it clear they're going into fire-sale mode this offseason and almost nobody is safe. Closer Edwin Diaz, who led the Majors with 57 saves last season, figures to be a valuable trade chip and is sure to generate plenty of interest around the league. Here are four ideal fits for the 24-year-old righty.
4. Chicago White Sox
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It's odd to put a rebuilding team on here, but the White Sox may surprise a lot of people this offseason. Based on the latest rumors surrounding the club, apparently the White Sox have serious plans in the works to potentially land both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. That could point to an aggressive winter, especially if they get just one of those two superstars. With one of the deepest Minor League systems and a proven need at closer, dipping into the farm to acquire Diaz would accelerate the South Siders' rebuild.
3. Chicago Cubs
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Staying in the Windy City, the Cubs could definitely use a little late-inning help themselves. Brandon Morrow was brought in to shore up the ninth inning for the North Siders last season, but they may want to move on from him after an injury-plagued first season in Chicago. The Cubs could choose not to exercise their team option on Morrow's contract and they have enough trade pieces to make a deal, one that could shore up the ninth inning for the foreseeable future.
2. Atlanta Braves
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A reunion with Craig Kimbrel has been a constant rumor since the season came to a close, but his contract demands may be higher than the Braves (and most of the Majors) are willing to pay. Diaz would provide a cheaper and arguably better alternative than any other closer on the market this offseason and, with a deep farm system that's rich with talent at the upper levels, Atlanta definitely has the right pieces to swing a deal.
1. Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox are likely going to let Craig Kimbrel leave in free agency, again due to his likely contract demands, and will have to find a new closer this winter. Diaz is young, won't be eligible for free agency until 2023, and is arguably better than Kimbrel at this point in their respective careers. The only hurdle in Boston's way is putting together a sufficient trade package with their depleted farm system.
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