“At the beginning, it affected me for sure,” Diaz said, via interpreter José Corrales. "It was intense. The whole trade, all the talking about Manny Machado — one of the best players in the game — and I was involved in that trade. It was a lot of pressure on me. At the beginning, I had a lot of pressure, but after that, I stopped thinking about it, and I relaxed a little more, and I was performing better after that.