Samson: Mets Made "Worst Deal Of The Offseason"

The Mets acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from Seattle – and David Samson wasn't a fan

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 18, 2018 - 8:23 am

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Craig Kimbrel has been one of the best closers in baseball for years. He’s a seven-time All-Star and helped the Red Sox to a World Series title this past season. Now a free agent, he is reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth at least $100 million.

Former Marlins President and current CBS Sports HQ analyst David Samson doesn’t think he’ll get it – and if he does, it’s a mistake.

“Relievers are very rarely consistently good over a long period of time,” Samson said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You’ve got Mariano Rivera, the Hall of Famer, who was good every single year without fail, but it’s very rare. So I caution the Mets. The worst deal of the offseason, it’s the Mets with Cano and Edwin Diaz.”

The Mets acquired Robinson Cano and Diaz from the Mariners for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects. Diaz, 24, had 57 saves, a 1.96 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 73.1 innings last season.

“I think Edwin Diaz is the classic case of players who are going to regress,” Samson said. “He can’t be better than he was last year. With Kimbrel, he’s been so good for so long, it’s going to be very hard for him to be more valuable in the contract that he’s asking – and that’s really how you’re going to win: by having more players play over their head. The Red Sox, even with their payroll, they had players paying better than what they were being paid.”