New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz has established himself as one of the best relievers in MLB, and he reportedly will get paid as such after this season.
ESPN's Jeff Passan said on The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday that Diaz's performance could earn him the first nine-figure contract for a closer in MLB history.
"This was a guy who got traded to the Mets for Jarred Kelenic a couple years ago, it looked like a complete disaster of a deal," Passan said. "But this is his free-agent year right now, and he's been the best reliever in baseball. And he's gonna go out and he may this offseason become the first 100-million-dollar closer."
Diaz is in a three-way tie for fourth in the majors with 29 saves this season. Through 52 appearances, the right-hander has a 1.38 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with 100 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched. It's his first time reaching 100 strikeouts since his career-high 124 in 2018, which was his last season with the Seattle Mariners.
Amid Diaz's stellar performance on the mound, he's grown into a fan favorite because of his entrance music.