News: 7 days agoManager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer Sunday and said, "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point," Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Rojas brought up Diaz, Dellin Betances, Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia as potential options for the ninth inning, and he also floated the possibility of utilizing a committee approach. Diaz should remain the favorite given his pedigree and what the team gave up to acquire him, but his 2019 struggles (5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while blowing seven of 33 save chances) are unlikely to be forgotten quickly.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Say hello to your 2020 poster boy for ?don't pay for saves,? though the pendulum has a good chance of swinging so far in the opposite direction that Diaz might be a relative bargain at the draft table. His 39.0% strikeout and 8.7% walk rates were right in line with his 38.8%/8.3% combined numbers from his first three big league seasons, as much of his 2019 trouble was caused by the homer-happy baseball as well as the absurd .413 BABIP generated against him by right-handed hitters. Diaz's numbers should rebound closer to his 2016-18 levels, and the Mets remain committed to him as their closer after not moving him during the offseason. If he slips deep outside the top 10 at his position, scoop him up and reap the rewards of all that potential profit.