Let the rumor mill begin to churn once again. After watching Edwin Diaz go down with an apparent knee injury after a post-victory celebration in the World Baseball Classic, it's only a matter of time before the Alexis Diaz trade rumors ramp up again.
Why? Because if this injury to the New York Mets closer is as bad as it appeared, Steve Cohen's hopes of raising the Commisioner's Trophy in the fall will have taken a major hit.
Plus, the Mets reportedly already attempted to land the Cincinnati Reds reliever last summer. According to Andy Martino of SNY, New York inquired as to the availability of Edwin's younger brother prior to the 2022 trade deadline.
Alexis Diaz to Mets rumors will intensify after Edwin Diaz's injury in WBC.
Alexis and Edwin Diaz are known to be very close. Prior to Edwin's dip into the free agent market this past offseason, it was thought that trading for Alexis would all but solidify the right-hander's decision to re-sign with the New York Mets.
As it turns out, $102-million can be a powerful motivator as well. Diaz signed a five-year extension with the Mets this past season and with it, the richest deal ever for a relief pitcher.
Our friends over FanSided's Rising Apple posted that Mike Puma of the New York Post is already citing sources that the Mets are looking at signing veteran pitcher in the wake of Edwin Diaz's injury. Zach Britton's name has apparently come to the surface.
But don't put it past Mets executive Billy Eppler to give Reds GM Nick Krall a phone call. While trading Alexis Diaz wouldn't be looked upon very favorably by the Cincinnati faithful, with the Reds in the midst of a rebuild, a desperate team like the Mets might be willing to give up a king's ransom in order to land the younger Diaz.
While Alexis Diaz is under team control for another five seasons, relievers are notoriously fickle; oftentimes having a successful campaign one year only to turn around an post a near-6.00 ERA the following season.
Nothing has been reported as of yet, and with the season set to begin in two weeks, it would surprising to see the Cincinnati Reds make such a drastic move. But the New York Mets are in win-now mode. Once the extent of Edwin Diaz's injury is determined, don't be shocked to hear Alexis Diaz's name emerge in trade rumors.