Edwin Diaz is open to a different role as the Mets tighten – NBC New York

Edwin Díaz is open to a move that will help revitalize the struggling New York Mets – even if it means losing his job as closer.

Amid a terrible start to the season that saw him miss two consecutive save opportunities and three of his last four, the star reliever with a $102 million contract said he would be willing to accept a different role if the team agreed considers it to be the best.

“I'm open to anything,” Díaz said Saturday after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning against one of the league's toughest teams, the Miami Marlins.

Díaz has a 10.80 ERA in his last eight appearances after hitting four home runs in 8 1/3 innings.

“I want to help my team win,” he said. “That’s my main thing. If they want to talk to me about it and it makes me feel good, I agree. I just want to win games no matter what position they put me in.”

The struggling Mets (20-25) were leading the Marlins 9-5 when Díaz entered the game in the ninth.

He allowed an RBI single by Jazz Chisholm Jr., who brought in Vidal Bruján, who led off with a double. Bryan De La Cruz hit an infield single with one out, and Josh Bell hammered Díaz's first-pitch slider 428 feet straight to center field for a three-run shot that tied the score.

That was it for Díaz, who wasn't charged with a blown save because he entered the game with a four-run lead. But in his last three appearances, he has given up seven earned runs, seven hits, three walks and two home runs over 2 1/3 innings.

New York lost 10-9 when Otto Lopez scored the winning goal against Jorge López in the tenth period.

Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said he was concerned about his closer's confidence. The 30-year-old Díaz, a two-time All-Star, believes the reasons for his struggles this season are mostly mental.

“I’m not going to lie, I think my confidence is at rock bottom at the moment,” he said. “I make pitches. I throw strikes. I try to do my best to help the team win. I’m not in that role at the moment.”

“Physically I feel 100 percent at the moment. My body is not a problem. I think now I have to think about what I'm doing and trust myself a little bit more when I'm on the mound. I think I think too much.”

Mendoza hinted that the team would consider moving Díaz out of the closer role to help him regain his confidence.

“It's one of those things, I need to talk to the coaching staff and to Edwin,” Mendoza said, “about whether we want to find some weak spots for him to get him going. He’s still our closer and he’ll get through this.”

Saturday was Díaz's first appearance at Miami's home stadium since he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee there while leading a win for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in March 2023.

The injury required surgery and cost him the entire 2023 season. He was the most dominant closer in baseball in 2022, striking out 118 batters in 62 innings, saving 32 games and posting a 1.31 ERA.

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