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LA Dodgers Reportedly Linked to Mets Closer Edwin Diaz, Per Buster Olney

Edwin Diaz is a perfect fit for the Dodgers.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 18: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Dodgers have been indirectly linked to the services of New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, according to the Buster Olney of ESPN.

The Dodgers’ main focus at this deadline is to acquire upper-tier relief help and Edwin Diaz would be an ideal candidate.

Diaz was traded in the off-season from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Mets alongside Robinson Cano. On the season, Diaz holds a 3.06 DRA and is striking out 35.5% of batters this season.

Last year, Diaz had one of the best seasons for a relief pitcher in MLB history, posting a 1.77 DRA and striking out 44.3% of batters with a whopping 57 saves. He is just 25 years old and is amongst the most feared relievers in the sport.

The Dodgers would be smart to take a look, but beware that the cost of Diaz may start with a prospect of the caliber like catcher Keibert Ruiz with strong secondary and tertiary pieces attached.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Keibert Ruiz for Diaz is not going to happen. Perhaps Tony Gonsolin, Connor Wong, and Jordan Sheffield. The Dodges might be willing to part with Ruiz and others for Syndergaard.

    • Hello SoCal, interesting ideas here. Of course not many would object to getting Syndergaard, but for Diaz, it ,cost likely would take at least 1 of the top 5 prospects and a couple of other. lower tier players but WSS. It appears Dodgers have been ‘linked’ to several relievers as you probably know but at what cost so it remains to be seen what takes place. Less than a week to go before deadline too.

      • With Stripling hurting and Hill still not back with the squad, Syndegaard might not be out of the realm. It is something I would give serious consideration to, though cost is the main issue. As far as relievers, it is really a crap shoot at this point as most teams want our upper tier players. To that I say, no way!!! Ruiz and some B-level names for Syndegaard – that would be doable. Ruiz should be available for less, I hope. Go Blue!!!

  2. This is nonsensical. Nowhere in Olney’s tweet was there mention of any negotiations going on.
    It is simply him giving an OPINION on who might be a good fit for the Dodgers. I heard him say the same thing on a podcast.
    Please stick to reality.

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