Early reports on New York Mets star closer Edwin Díaz pending free agency

Ryan Moran
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Jul 26, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after getting the last out during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2022 season coming to an end, all focus now turns to the New York Mets offseason. It will be one that is very busy. The Mets have many key players set to be free agents. One of the top Mets set for a big, new contract is star closer, Edwin Díaz.

The 28-year-old is coming off of a special year. He finished eighth in Major League Baseball in 2022 with 32 saves. Diaz pitched in 61 games finishing with a 3-1 record. He concluded the year with a tremendous ERA of 1.31 (career best), along with 118 strikeouts.

Interest between New York Mets, Edwin Díaz seems mutual:

The big question after Diaz’s incredible season is what happens next with his pending free agency. Luckily, for Mets fans, the interest seems mutual.

Starting from the Mets end of things, Andy Martino of SNY had this to say.

“I think Díaz will return on a big contract because the mutual interest is strong.”

Andy Martino, SNY

Then, from Díaz’s perspective, he seemed interested in signing with the Mets when he met with reporters following the conclusion of the season. He stated the following.

“I hope [the Mets] come to me quick to talk. I will take the best offer for me and my family.” He also had this to say, “I hope I can come back here. If not, I understand it’s a business. We’ll go the best way with my family.”

The comments from Díaz come as no surprise. He will, of course, take the best deal that he gets offered. However, it is certainly promising to hear him state how he hopes he stays with the Mets and that they approach him with an offer fast. Retaining arguably the best closer in baseball in a bullpen full of concerns and unknowns should be a no-brainer for the Mets. Let’s hope the Mets and Díaz can agree to a contract as soon as possible.