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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Pirates - Signed Diaz

Pittsburgh Pirates - Signed OF Matt Diaz to a 2-year contract.

Note to the last 8 people who think Jeff Francoeur is a good signing:  Matt Diaz is the player you should be talking about when talking about a good right-handed side of a platoon.  Diaz is a 335/373/533 career against lefties and, in the rare situation where a team isn’t carrying so many pitchers that a true platoon can be done, he’s who you want to see with the smaller role.  The Pirates don’t really have a lot of need for role players, but Diaz won’t hurt the team if used correctly.

ZiPS Projection - Matt Diaz
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Year   AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS+
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2011   269   31   73 15   2   7   36   16   52   5 .271 .325 .420   99  
2012   203   23   54 11   2   6   27   11   38   3 .266 .315 .429   98
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Top Comps:  Hector Lopez, Roberto Kelly, Steve Henderson

 

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 08, 2010 at 06:57 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 08, 2010 at 11:28 PM (#3706133)
Don't know why the Yankees didn't get in on Diaz, if the rumored price of $4.25M total, is accurate.

He would have been a great bat to rotate in with Granderson and Gardner, and PH. Maybe they can get him in July.
   2. Greg Schuler Posted: December 10, 2010 at 04:46 PM (#3707950)
Media reports and quotes from the Pirates front office seem to indicate they plan on Diaz being a large part of the outfield, if the Pirates trade Doumit. Tabata and McCutcheon are locked in LF and CF, leaving RF to Doumit, with Diaz to spell him (or simply to be traded at the deadline for more prospects).

Seems like quite a bit for a team like Pittsburgh to pay for a qualified bit player unless Diaz was given assurances he'd play. A lot. Unlike his other opportunities (rumored as they were).
   3. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: December 10, 2010 at 05:00 PM (#3707971)
Diaz can be a pretty good regular OF. He's BEST used as a platoon guy, but he won't kill you as the regular starter. If the Pirates can flip Doumit for prospects and float with Diaz in RF, that's not a bad move. It's not like they're going to the WS this year anyway.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2010 at 05:22 PM (#3707993)
Definitely a good signing for Pitt.

At worst they should be able to get 250 PAs of an 850 OPS against LHP. That's worth ~$2M easy.

He could also definitely be a guy with trade deadline value. You could easily see getting a B- prospect from a contender that's struggling against LHP.

Can Diaz play 1B as well as corner OF?
   5. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: December 10, 2010 at 05:48 PM (#3708021)
Can Diaz play 1B as well as corner OF?


When Diaz came to Atlanta he was a "1B/OF." In Atlanta I don't recall him every playing a single defensive inning at 1B.
   6. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 10, 2010 at 07:05 PM (#3708109)
I think the 1B thing started because people didn't trust his range/routes in LF, thinking he 'should' be a 1B. [As we've covered many times over the years on this site, I thought/think those concerns that were unnecessary.]

Having said that, I suppose he could learn it.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2010 at 07:17 PM (#3708120)
2 career games at 1B for Diaz. Seems like he should learn it.

Might be a nice boost to his value. Given the number of LH 1B, it would be great to have a backup who kills LHP.
   8. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: December 10, 2010 at 07:42 PM (#3708141)
I think the 1B thing started because people didn't trust his range/routes in LF, thinking he 'should' be a 1B. [As we've covered many times over the years on this site, I thought/think those concerns that were unnecessary.]


Well, to be honest, Diaz *was* a horrific OF defender when he came to Atlanta. Then the Braves, unlike the Royals or Rays, gave him an eye exam, realized he had no depth perception, fixed that with contacts, and BAM! Decent defender. It's amazing what being able to track the ball with both eyes does for a player.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2010 at 08:03 PM (#3708149)
A guy named "Diaz" who pronounces it "Dye-az" is a perfect fit for the least Hispanic city in America.
   10. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 10, 2010 at 08:09 PM (#3708153)
I've long contended that Diaz was acceptable on defense pre-Atlanta - I watched him regularly in Durham + his range/fa #s (such as minor league defensive stats are) were fine. Bad routes, but made up for it. (Which is not to say that the eye thing didn't help.)

[Seriously, I'd talk about it, like, monthly. You'd think I was Andy and Diaz's detractors were Lee Atwater.]

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