Edwin Diaz and the New York Mets formalized on Wednesday a five-year, $102 million contracttreatment that represents the largest for a reliever in baseball history.
Diaz28 years old, has an option to terminate the agreement after three seasonsplus a team option for extend it for the 2028 season.
The right-handed pitcher officially became a free agent on Sunday after a sensational season with the Mets. Nevertheless, New York was quick to ensure the permanence of its stellar closer and they offered him a record deal before any other team could get close to him.
Billy Epplergeneral manager of the Big Apple franchise, stated the following about the signing in a press release.
Edwin has all the attributes we look for in a closer. He is a great competitor, he has a burning desire to be the best and he has what it takes to compete against any hitter in the league. We are excited that he will lead our team from now on.
Diaz went 3-1 with 32 saves in 61 appearances on the hill of responsibilities, earning a place in the All-Star Game 2022. Got 118 strikeoutsstriking out more than 50% of the batters he faced so that the Mets will reach 101 wins, the most in franchise history.
Steve Cohenowner of the Mets, stated the following in a tweet announcing Diaz’s permanence:
Let the trumpets sound! It’s official, the Edwin Diaz deal is done.
Sound the trumpets! It’s official. Edwin Diaz deal is done.
— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) November 9, 2022
The Puerto Rican is also one of the fan favorites in the CitiField due to his imposing entrance to the rhythm of the song “Narco” by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet.
(With information from MLB)