NEW YORK (AP) — Closest All-Star Edwin Díaz and the New York Mets on Wednesday finalized their five-year, $102 million contract — the largest for a reliever in baseball history.
Díaz can retire after three seasons, and the deal includes a team option for 2028.
The 28-year-old right-hander became a free agent on Sunday after a sensational season with the Mets. Needing to rebuild most of their pitching roster, they started in the back of the bullpen and quickly locked Díaz in with a record-breaking contract before other teams were allowed to negotiate with him.
“Edwin has all the attributes we look for in a combination,” chief executive Billy Eppler said in a press release. “He’s a tremendous competitor, he has a burning desire to be the best and he has the stuff to rival any hitter in the league. We are excited to have him anchor our bullpen going forward.
Díaz went 3-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 32 saves in 61 appearances this season, making his second team All-Star. He had 118 strikeouts, sniffing out more than 50% of the batters he faced as New York won 101 games — the second-most in franchise history — and earned the league’s top wildcard. National League for its first playoff berth in six years.
Along the way, Díaz became a Citi Field fan favorite with his catchy entrance in Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet’s song “Narco.”
“Blow the trumpets!” It’s official. Edwin Diaz deal done,” Mets owner Steve Cohen tweeted Wednesday after Díaz passed his medical.
The Mets’ aggressive move takes one of the best arms out of the market before baseball’s free agent frenzy even begins this offseason.
New York also asked Tayler Saucedo to waive Toronto. The 29-year-old southpaw had no records and a 13.50 ERA in four appearances with the Blue Jays this season.
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