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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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426 65 125 35 3 14 67 22 77   6 .293 .345 .488

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 20, 2005 at 06:20 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. prhood Posted: December 20, 2005 at 06:59 PM (#1786646)
This trade seems like a rather strong indication that both Johnson and Langerhans lack the confidence of the coaching staff in terms of anything more than a part-time role.
   2. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:03 PM (#1786653)
I don't think it's a lock that the Braves will use Diaz - this is an all but costless move for them.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:07 PM (#1786655)
If Jim Thome were healthy, Ryan Howard would still be in Wilkes-Barre.
   4. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:08 PM (#1786658)
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.

But if they give a chance to Diaz, how are they going to give a thousand plate appearances to Terrence Long and Emil Brown?
   5. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:18 PM (#1786671)
It's yet another move where I'm left saying that I have to assume the Cubs could have easily beaten this offer but were asleep at the wheel.

Ah well, it's for the best. With our glut of great-hitting outfielders and impeccable bench, Diaz would have been all but useless.
   6. Spahn Insane Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:20 PM (#1786676)
Diaz looks like he'd've been, at worst, a decent stopgap for the Cubs in RF, and he certainly wouldn't have cost much. I realize, though, that paying him the minimum might've hindered their ability to sign some luminary like Jacque Jones or someone. It also would've required some creativity and freedom from the enslavement of "name players," which this organization doesn't do.
   7. Spahn Insane Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:20 PM (#1786677)
And I owe UCCF a coke, due to my usual long-windedness.
   8. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:28 PM (#1786696)
the Cubs could have easily beaten this offer but were asleep at the wheel.

Or they were too busy talking to Jim Bowden.
   9. Spahn Insane Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:42 PM (#1786713)
That rumor makes no sense to me. The Cubs need an OF and have a glut of second base candidates, so they trade for...Ryan Church and Jose Vidro? Is Church capable of being an everyday corner OF?
   10. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:50 PM (#1786729)
Where is Val Pascucci these days? Any invites?
   11. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:51 PM (#1786732)
Is Church capable of being an everyday corner OF?

He's played center, so I don't see why he couldn't play right.

The Nationals platoon him, but he's put up a .310/.383/.500 line in 50 PAs against lefthanders in his career, so he might not need to be platooned.
   12. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:59 PM (#1786746)
Not to continue the hijack, but why in the world would the Cubs want Jose Vidro? That makes less than no sense. They already have Walker, Cedeno, and Hairston to play second base, and I'd happily have any of them over Vidro after the injury problems that have sidelined him the last two seasons (particularly given his contract - $7M in 2006, $7.5M in 2007, and $8.5M in 2008).

They're already stuck trying to move Walker because they insisted on bringing Perez back. Let's please not add another middle infielder to the mix and waste whatever remaining salary room there is in doing it. Couldn't those $23M be better used put toward extending Lee (not to mention Zambrano and Prior)?

This franchise will be the death of me.
   13. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:02 PM (#1786758)
They already have Walker, Cedeno, and Hairston to play second base

Cedeno's a second baseman? Who's the Cubs shortstop?
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:05 PM (#1786766)
"Where is Val Pascucci these days?"

Japan, last I'd heard.
   15. laurent1056 Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:08 PM (#1786773)
   16. Kyle S Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:11 PM (#1786785)
Wow, the Padres offseason gets worse.
   17. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:11 PM (#1786786)
Who's the Cubs shortstop?

The Neifinator.
   18. RP Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:15 PM (#1786804)
I guess that isn't a bad trade for the Padres, but it doesn't look very good either. Is there a plan, or are they just shuffling players around?
   19. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:19 PM (#1786811)
Who's the Cubs shortstop?

The Neifinator.


Are you kidding?
   20. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:20 PM (#1786815)
Eaton is going to appear to be a little different with his home games at the Ballpark, instead of Petco. But he'll still be the same, 92+ ERA and all.
   21. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:21 PM (#1786818)
Are you kidding?

We all wish he was kidding, but Cub fans have all accepted that Neifi will get at least 400 AB as the starting shortstop. This hasn't been "announced" or anything, but it shall occur.
   22. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:23 PM (#1786830)
That trade now appears to be Eaton AND Ohtsuka for A.Gonz AND Terrmel Sledge AND Chris "The only starter guaranteed a place in the Rangers' rotation" Young.

Looks great for the Padres to me.
   23. laurent1056 Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:28 PM (#1786845)
I think the trade looks good on the Padres end. They get a young line-drive hitting first basemen that they need for Petco. They can get rid of the finished Klesko . Young is at least as good as Eaton if not better and he's two years younger. Sledge has some value should be available should an injury come up, Ohtsuka is 33 and was less effective last year. I am sure they will come up with the arm to replace him. If you can trade middle relievers for hitters you should. The starters in the trade are basically a wash with Young being a bit better than Eaton.
   24. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:31 PM (#1786853)
The starters are not a wash when you consider Young is entering his second year and Eaton is an impending free agent.
   25. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:33 PM (#1786855)
The starters are not a wash when you consider Young is entering his second year and Eaton is an impending free agent.

And when you consider the ballparks they've pitched in.

Young isn't great, but he's likely to be above-average, unlike Eaton, who's mediocre at best.
   26. laurent1056 Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:40 PM (#1786868)
Young went to Princeton after all so you even get some brains! Not that it helps (see Doug Glanville)
   27. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:45 PM (#1786878)
Pascucci has been released by his team in Japan - I suspect he'll come back to the US.
I haven't really looked into the Tex/SD trade yet, but my initial reaction is that this is a good deal for the Pads (I believe the Rangers also get Killian).
   28. RP Posted: December 20, 2005 at 08:48 PM (#1786887)
<strike>I guess </strike>that is<strike>n't</strike> a bad trade for the <strike>Padres</strike> Rangers<strike>, but it doesn't look very good either</strike>. Is there a plan, or are they just shuffling players around?

Fixed.
   29. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 09:00 PM (#1786907)
Who's the Cubs shortstop?

The Neifinator.

Are you kidding?


It's very unlikely that the Cubs paid him $6M over the next 2 years to sit on the bench.

Everyone in the press seems to think Cedeno and Walker would get the starting nods right now, but I wonder whether they even bothered to watch the team last year. Dusty is so smitten with Neifi he's probably spending his offseason drafting gay marriage legislation in Illinois. Remember (and this can't be emphasized enough) - Dusty said around the ASB last year that Neifi was the Cubs 1st half MVP (despite the fact that Lee was hitting around .375/.450/.725).

If Dusty's back on the bench this year, Neifi will play. It doesn't matter if Hendry tells him to start Cedeno - Dusty's made the point that no one tells him who to play or what to do and no one ever will, and Hendry's shown little interest in standing up to him to push him on some of his more asinine decisions (unless you count the repurposing of Wendell Kim away from the 3rd base coaching job).

The only open question is whether Cedeno, Walker, or Hairston gets most of the PT at second base.
   30. BravesNut Posted: December 20, 2005 at 09:55 PM (#1787061)
I don't think he is being looked at as a corner outfielder. I think Mr. Diaz may be the righthanded half of a firstbase platoon with LaRoche.

Hopefully he can hit enough to justify it. In his limited MLB time Diaz has mashed southpaws .370 .407 .463 and struggled against right-handers.

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