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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Indians - Signed Diaz

Cleveland Indians - Signed C Einar Diaz to a minor-league contract.

A good case can be made that Einar Diaz is the most valuable catcher in baseball - what other backstop can fetch Travis Hafner and Chris Young?  I think they’re going back to the well one too many times - I don’t think anyone really values Diaz anymore.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Einar Diaz
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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210 17   44   9 1   1 18   9 19   1 .210 .257 .276
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 24, 2005 at 05:31 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. peter21 Posted: December 25, 2005 at 04:30 AM (#1793485)
I did a very basic study of Catchers' ERA for a class I took once. It basically showed that CERA was random and fluctuated a lot and probably wasn't a skill of a catcher...except for Einar Diaz. Einar was on the bottom of the list for three years in a row, if I remember correctly.
   2. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2005 at 04:19 PM (#1794428)
I think they're going back to the well one too many times - I don't think anyone really values Diaz anymore.

I suspect they're bringing in Diaz and Tim Laker so they'll have backup catcher options if they move Bard. There's been some talk of Bard going to Colorado in a deal, but it's been a bit quieter lately.

I'm not really convinced Einar Diaz and Tim Laker are any better than Dusty Wathan, but I'm pretty sure that's why they're bringing in the scrub brigade at backup catcher.

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