Braves - Acquired Diaz
Atlanta Braves - Acquired OF Matt Diaz from the Kansas City Royals for P Ricardo Rodriguez
Entertainingly enough, this move was made at the same that the other Ricardo Rodriguez was officially named the PTBNL in the Phillie trade.
Diaz isn’t going to put up the walk totals that statheads drool over, but mediocre-to-bad defense and low walk rate aside, if one can’t get a chance after hitting 371/408/649 and 332/377/571 in the minors, you’re simply sending the message to your organization that how they do at playing baseball is pretty irrelevant. If Ryan Howard or Jason Bay had been Royals, they’d still be in Omaha.
There’s no starting job open for Diaz, but he’s definitely worth a full-time RH 1B/PH/spare OF role with the Braves. This Ricardo Rodriguez isn’t really a prospect.
Thumbs up for Schuerholz, thumbs down for KC. I guess that all-important upgrade from Paul Phillips to Gabor Bako is far more crucial than a player that can hit. All hail the conquering impresario!
2006 ZiPS Projection - Matt Diaz
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
426 65 125 35 3 14 67 22 77 6 .293 .345 .488
Posted: December 20, 2005 at 06:20 PM | 30 comment(s)
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