Orioles - Claimed Diaz
Baltimore Orioles - Claimed OF Matt Diaz off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Hooray! This is the first time I’ve really been excited in a good sense about something the Orioles did for a little over a year. Diaz has little star potential, but he’s a solid, overlooked player, on the verge of being a Phelpser, and is probably the 2nd best outfielder in the Orioles’ organization. There’s no reason that Diaz can’t have a solid little career of the pre-suck Marty Cordova or Bobby Higginson variety.
Sure, the Orioles will screw it up somehow, but at least let me enjoy the brief, shining moment in which I can dream about an overachieving young player making and Surhoff being sent to Timbuktu or Duluth or Bullamanka or wherever mediocre outfielders go to die. Maybe to Tampa Bay for Jorge Cantu? They do still employ Chuck LaMar and Cam Bonifay, though sadly Syd Thrift was asked to “retire.”
Diaz, Matt - 2005 ZiPS Projection
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
497 78 149 39 3 16 82 31 90 13 .300 .348 .487
Posted: February 23, 2005 at 09:20 PM | 50 comment(s)
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