The ascendent pronunciation of his ‘i’ got him an extra year than your typical Diaz, praytell.
Comment by Oddibe McBlauser — December 8, 2010 @ 3:51 am
Another one of my favorites changes teams this off-season. Dye-az hit pretty well in 2009, and one might speculate his weaker 2010 had something to do with his injury issues — although it was mostly OBA problems, as he was still swinging a good XBH stick. If the Bucs give him 300 PA, mostly against lefties, I’d bet he’ll post a OPS+ significantly above 100. It remains to be seen how much his glove drags him down in terms of WAR.
A note to Pirate fans: don’t be fooled by his swing; the man can hit.
As a Braves fan, I loved watching Diaz and his arched-back, awkward, lunging swing. He will look completely and totally clueless on one swing then square one up and crush the ball on the next. I understand that he was getting expensive but hate to see him go. Hopefully he and his balls to the wall playing style will do well in Pittsburgh.
Comment by neuter_your_dogma — December 8, 2010 @ 9:33 am
Reportedly a 2yr/$4.25M deal… not bad at all. Gives Hurdle a platoon option for G. Jones against LH SP and a righty PH from the bench. Plus the aforementioned opportunity to sell him at the deadline to a contender looking for a RH matchup bat.
I’d be worried about putting Diaz in Right Field, he can’t even handle left.. I agree a platoon partner with Garret Jones is probably warranted after Jones’ 2010 disappointment, but if you have a platoon in RF who plays Left?
Comment by DonCoburleone — December 8, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
Tabata should be set in left. PNC’s left field is huge, so they put their better corner OF there.
2/4.25 sounds quite good to me for someone who’s been significantly above average several times in the past like Diaz. I had no idea that he was so old, though – 33? I had him pegged as 29 or something, which is surely a major reason why this looks like such a bargain to me. I’m surprised that it was Pittsburgh that signed him, though, given that seemingly every team in baseball expressed interest in him, and he seemed sure to end up as a useful part-timer on a contender.
Fan Scouting Report probably isn’t going to treat Diaz fairly because I think he’s a better defender than he looks like. He looks awkward but he avoids really making mistakes. He takes good routes, and he moves faster than he looks like he’s moving because of his awkward stride. DRS and UZR are much more mixed about his defensive prowess. DRS actually liked him last year after really disliking him the year before. UZR had him right at average.
I’d say he’s below average defensively, but just barely. Put him next to a solid defensive centerfielder, which the Braves haven’t been able to do for the past three seasons, and he probably holds up pretty well.