MLB Rumors: Mets Tried To Unite Brothers At Trade Deadline

The New York Mets are facing a huge challenge this offseason as they're all-in on re-signing their impending free agent closer, Edwin Diaz. He'll be seeking a contract worth as much as $100M according to reports. 

Now revelations indicate they were perhaps already thinking ahead about this back at the trade deadline: sources say they tried to trade for Diaz's younger brother Alexis from the Cincinnati Reds. 

The Diaz brothers are extremely close, and Edwin is, as noted by Andy Martino of SNY, "nearly as engaged in Alexis Diaz’s career as he is in his own." He followed his little bro's exploits closely, and a reunion of the two on the Mets would have likely cinched New York's ability to re-sign Edwin. 

It should be noted that a move to acquire Alexis by the Mets wouldn't just be nepotism in any way, shape or form. He was nearly unhittable for the Reds in this, his rookie season, allowing just 28 hits in 63.2 innings. He had a sterling 1.84 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP along with 10 saves. 

The Mets could be losing several members of their bullpen to free agency this winter (Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo, Mychal Givens are all free agents), and would certainly do well to re-visit the Alexis Diaz trade talks on a number of fronts. 

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