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Matt Diaz gets 2-year deal


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Pirates early today added some right-handed pop to their lineup by signing outfielder Matt Diaz to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Diaz, 32, became a free agent after being non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves. He has one year of arbitration eligibility left. This year, he made $2.55 million and hit .273, but played in just 84 games due to an infected thumb.

In five seasons as a platoon outfielder with the Braves, Diaz hit .305 with an .815 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). From 2007-09, he hit .369 with a .975 OPS against left-handers.

Diaz represents a likely upgrade over Lastings Milledge, last season’s starting right fielder who managed just 34 RBI in 113 games and eventually fell into a backup role.

Although most of Diaz’s experience is in left field, he likely will platoon in right for the Pirates. Two days ago, general manager Neal Huntington said Ryan Doumit could open the year as the starting right fielder. Diaz’s arrival could be a precursor to another move, perhaps a trade of Doumit or Garrett Jones.



  1. Rudy Guy says:

    This is a typical Huntington move, Diaz will be a Pirate until mid to late July. He’ll be traded to a contending team for more useless prospects. This organization needs to ante-up and spend some cash on some genuine star material. Under Nutting ownership I doubt if that will ever happen. He’s making money thanks to corporate seat purchases and most of his payroll is handled via his profit-sharing from MLB. Why should he give Pittsburgh another winning team?

  2. Pat says:

    Would someone please explain to me why Jeff Franceur was not a better fit in right field than Diaz? I mean this guy has a cannon for an arm and is always good for about 18- 25hrs a year. Plus he is at the top of the assist category every year!

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