Mets Already Worried About Edwin Diaz’s Workload
Spring Training is only a few weeks old, and the New York Mets are already worried about Edwin Diaz's workload.
In particular, they are concerned with how often he'll be asked to pitch during the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 8.
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The Mets fear that their All-Star closer will be asked to pitch on consecutive days during the tournament for Team Puerto Rico, which could mess with his throwing schedule and potentially lead to injury as he ramps up for the season.
It's understandable that New York wants to be cautious with the 28-year-old right-hander after signing him to a five-year, $102 million deal in the offseason -- the largest contract ever for a relief pitcher. The Mets are trying to win the World Series this year and don't want to see their top reliever overextend himself during meaningless exhibition games.
New York's fears may be unfounded, though. Diaz previously pitched in the 2017 WBC without any negative effects, going on to have a strong season with a 3.27 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 66 innings for the Seattle Mariners that year.
Diaz will probably be fine, but that won't stop the Mets from holding their breath until the tournament's over.