The first big move of the 2022-2023 MLB offseason was made on Sunday.
Diaz posted a 1.31 ERA in 2022 and saved 32 games.
Diaz was also a National League All-Star in July.
And so, after a historic season, Diaz and the Mets have struck a massive deal that will keep the right-hander fireballer in New York through the 2027 season.
The deal is historic for a number of reasons.
The contract shatters a previous record for the biggest contracts for relief pitchers.
The previous record was Aroldis Chapman, when he signed with the New York Yankees for five years and $86 million back in 2016.
A historic deal for Edwin Díaz. 🎺 pic.twitter.com/VNLwQlkiDn
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) November 6, 2022
Diaz Returns To New York
Diaz became a fan favorite in New York this year.
Every time he came out to the mound, the fans at Citi Field went insane as the Mets’ disc jockey played “Narco” by Blasterjaxx, which features an epic trumpet solo intro courtesy of and Mets fan “Timmy Trumpet.”
For the next five years, Diaz will enter the game with Timmy Trumpet’s epic solo playing at Citi Field.
Diaz has cashed in on a massive contract which is now the largest contract of all time for a relief pitcher.
The Mets enjoyed a 101-61 regular season in which they earned the top Wild Card spot in the National League, thanks in large part to the contributions of Diaz.
New York ultimately fell short in the Wild Card round against the San Diego Padres.
But Diaz being back could just be the first major move the Mets make this offseason.