As far as Díaz? The numbers speak for themselves. Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano, who is older than Díaz, had an awful showing in the playoffs — recording a 10.80 EA through 1 2/3 innings pitched. Adding Díaz would allow Toronto some much-needed late-inning flexibility of inserting Romano in a setup role.
San Francisco Giants
While the Giants need to address a plethora of roster voids in order to return to their 107-win form in order to compete with the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers, one area for sure the front office needs to improve is San Francisco’s bullpen.
While the Giants currently have a closer in right-hander Camilo Doval, Díaz would serve as a massive upgrade. Last season, San Francisco’s bullpen posted an average ERA of 4.08 while allowing the most base hits (653) out of any team in all of baseball.
Considering the Giants are likely planning on partaking in a bidding war for the AL home run champ Aaron Judge, who knows where bullpen addition(s) sit on the front office’s list of priorities?
Last season the Mariners showed that they’re far from a pushover in not just the AL West division, but in all of the AL. Getting swept in three consecutive games by the Houston Astros in the ALDS — which was more so a representation of subpar management from skipper Scott Servais — became a deceiving end to a convincing 2022 campaign from the Mariners.
Before taking the mound in Queens, New York at Citi Field, Díaz became a household name in the list of most dominant relief pitchers, as a Mariner. In 2018, Díaz was named the AL reliever of the year and led the AL in saves with 57 alongside his 1.96 ERA and career-high 124 strikeouts. That season, which served as his first All-Star season, put Díaz on the map.
With the Mariners holding leads in two of three postseason contests against the Astros, an arm out of the bullpen like Díaz’s could have surely altered the outcome(s) of that series entirely — giving Servias a logical bullpen option rather than deferring to Robbie Ray to toss Yordan Alvarez a right-down-the-middle fastball with Game 1 on the line.