The Puerto Rican reliever highlighted the signings that the Mets have made for the upcoming season and hopes that the work stoppage will be resolved.
Article translated and edited from Endi.com
Naguabo – The Puerto Rican closer for the New York Mets, Edwin “Sugar” Díaz, is highly motivated with his team for the new Major League season, following the signings of owner Steve Cohen.
These include ace Max Scherzer, who signed a lucrative $ 130 million three-year contract to join Jacob deGrom on the rotation; and those of Eduardo Escobar and Starling Marte. The owner of the Queens team is looking for a competitive team that can return to the Fall Classic, something they have not achieved since 2015 and win the World Series, which has not happened since 1986.
Likewise, Cohen brought in Buck Showalter to lead the team to replace Luis Rojas, who was fired after finishing the season 77-85 and failing to make the postseason.
Puerto Rican Joe Espada – along with Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro – were considered for this position.
“I feel super happy,” said the Naguabo native pitcher when talking about his team.
He added, “Owner Steve Cohen is moving the pieces to win, and that motivates us knowing that we have an owner who wants to win. The team is good, after we stay healthy, the Mets will have a good team to reach the playoffs and compete for the championship.” Díaz made the comments during an activity to deliver school supplies for the boys and girls of the Daguao neighborhood, in Naguabo.
Díaz grew up in that place, and as he has done for the last few years, he joined his family to help the neighbors of that community with the distribution of 200 packages and supplies this Sunday.
As for Showalter, he said he was a veteran manager who has been successful in the majors. He added that he has not been able to speak with him due to the job closure in the Majors but acknowledged that he was eager to meet him.
He also maintained that he was very happy with the signing of Puerto Rican Joey Cora as a third base coach. He shared that he met him last season during a game between the Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I was able to share with him. He is a tremendous person. I am happy to have a Puerto Rican coach with us”.
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