“If you come out of the bullpen, the game is over”…Expectations bet on the ‘bullpen highest’ free agent closer

 Expectations for Edwin Diaz 스포츠토토(29) of the New York Mets are rising.

On the 4th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball, selected the best players by position in the 2023 season. A total of 10 players were named, and the bullpen pitcher was Mets closer Diaz.

The media said, ‘Diaz had an overwhelming year in the 2022 season. Recorded 57 saves. He had a 1.31 earned run average in 61 appearances, and achieved a 50.2% strikeout rate. When Diaz comes out of the bullpen, the game is over,’ he said, predicting that Diaz will continue to play this year.

Diaz was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round, 98th overall, in the 2012 draft. After his maturation, he made his big league debut in 2016. He boasted an unprecedented strikeout ability and showed rapid growth. Diaz, who continued to improve, settled for the Mets through a trade ahead of the 2019 season.

And Diaz showed off his skills in full bloom in the 2022 season. He pitched 62 innings in 61 games, going 3-1 with 4 holds, 32 saves and 118 strikeouts. The Mets have a strong back gatekeeper. They invested an astronomical amount in Diaz and secured his contract extension.

Diaz signed a five-year, $102 million contract with the Mets. He became the first bullpen pitcher in major league history to sign a $100 million contract. Looking at the contract in detail, it included an opt-out in which the contract is terminated if both the club and the player agree after the end of the 2025 season. Not only that, Diaz has the right to opt out of trades he doesn’t like.

Skill and ransom are directly proportional. The size of the contract also includes the expectations of the club. Attention is focusing on whether Diaz, who has established himself as the best closer, can continue to play an active role this season.

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