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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .253 3 24 24 5 .255 0.2
Birth Date3-3-1978
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age36 years, 7 months, 18 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.12010
-1.02011
-0.22012
-0.22013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 TBA 25 4 10 9 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .200 .111 .123 -1.4 0.2 -0.1
2004 TBA 26 10 24 21 3 4 1 1 1 10 1 6 2 0 0 3 0 0 .190 .292 .476 .317 2.2 0.3 0.2
2005 KCA 27 34 97 89 7 25 4 2 1 36 4 15 2 1 1 9 0 1 .281 .323 .404 .276 2.8 0.7 0.3
2006 ATL 28 124 322 297 37 97 15 4 7 141 11 49 9 4 1 32 5 5 .327 .364 .475 .290 17.6 11.4 2.8
2007 ATL 29 135 384 358 44 121 21 0 12 178 16 63 4 5 1 45 4 0 .338 .368 .497 .287 18.5 4.1 2.2
2008 ATL 30 43 140 135 9 33 2 0 2 41 3 32 1 1 0 14 4 2 .244 .264 .304 .209 -3.3 1.0 -0.2
2009 ATL 31 125 425 371 56 116 18 4 13 181 35 90 13 1 5 58 12 5 .313 .390 .488 .307 24.9 -5.9 1.9
2010 ATL 32 84 244 224 27 56 17 2 7 98 13 44 4 1 2 31 3 1 .250 .302 .438 .276 8.2 2.2 1.1
2011 ATL 33 16 37 35 2 10 1 0 0 11 1 8 0 1 0 1 1 0 .286 .297 .314 .209 -1.6 0.1 -0.2
2011 PIT 33 100 231 216 14 56 12 1 0 70 11 44 3 1 0 19 4 2 .259 .303 .324 .231 -3.5 -4.6 -0.9
2012 ATL 34 51 118 108 10 24 6 0 2 36 9 21 0 1 0 13 0 0 .222 .280 .333 .225 -3.1 0.9 -0.2
2013 MIA 35 10 19 18 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .211 .222 .157 -1.5 -0.2 -0.2
Career736205118812125469814458071063783816102263316.290.338.429.27159.710.46.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 HUD A- 0 220 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 STP A+ 0 414 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAK A+ 131 571 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 122 499 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 4 10 .123 .303 .370 .486 .291 .167 97 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2003 ORL AA 60 258 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DUR AAA 67 280 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TBA MLB 10 24 .317 .277 .348 .433 .268 .214 100 1.5 0.7 -0.3 0.3 0.3 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2004 DUR AAA 134 548 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 34 97 .276 .258 .317 .403 .254 .324 104 1.6 2.8 -0.9 0.7 0.2 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2005 WIC AA 7 30 .235 .274 .341 .429 .260 .300 122 -0.8 0.9 -0.4 0.1 0.6 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2005 OMA AAA 65 277 .348 .285 .357 .444 .272 .418 88 22 6.7 -1.7 0.4 -2.0 24.9 2.3 24.9 2.3
2006 ATL MLB 124 322 .290 .268 .337 .434 .268 .367 94 11 9.7 -2 11.4 -1.3 17.6 2.8 17.6 2.8
2007 ATL MLB 135 384 .287 .261 .326 .417 .256 .378 101 11.4 11.4 -2.4 4.1 -0.6 18.5 2.2 18.5 2.2
2008 ATL MLB 43 140 .209 .268 .335 .423 .268 .304 98 -7.7 4.0 -0.9 1.0 1.4 -3.3 -0.2 -3.3 -0.2
2008 MIS AA 7 28 .251 .264 .347 .390 .255 .250 97 -0.3 0.8 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2008 RIC AAA 4 13 .148 .253 .307 .397 .257 .222 86 -1.7 0.4 -0.2 -0.0 -0.7 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3
2009 ATL MLB 125 425 .307 .258 .330 .412 .264 .383 95 21.1 12.2 -3.7 -5.9 -3.7 24.9 1.9 24.9 1.9
2010 ATL MLB 84 244 .276 .259 .327 .409 .272 .282 92 3.9 6.7 -1.4 2.2 0.7 8.2 1.1 8.2 1.1
2010 GWN AAA 3 12 .194 .250 .311 .399 .238 .333 117 -0.9 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2011 ATL MLB 16 37 .209 .239 .303 .375 .253 .357 95 -1.9 1.0 -0.3 0.1 -0.3 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2011 PIT MLB 100 231 .231 .253 .319 .393 .261 .324 98 -6.7 6.2 -1.7 -4.6 -0.8 -3.5 -0.9 -3.5 -0.9
2012 ATL MLB 51 118 .225 .252 .312 .397 .256 .256 101 -4.1 3.2 -0.7 0.9 -1.6 -3.1 -0.2 -3.1 -0.2
2013 MIA MLB 10 19 .157 .246 .306 .374 .249 .200 99 -1.9 0.5 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2013 NWO AAA 24 91 .277 .257 .328 .388 .265 .355 86 1.7 2.6 -1.1 -0.3 -2.4 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 HUD A- 220 22 51 15 2 1 20 6 43 6 2 .245 .286 .351 .106 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 STP A+ 414 37 106 21 3 6 53 11 54 2 3 .270 .309 .385 .115 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAK A+ 571 79 172 40 2 17 81 24 73 11 5 .328 .371 .510 .181 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 499 71 123 28 1 10 50 34 72 31 9 .274 .337 .408 .134 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ORL AA 258 32 87 21 0 5 41 19 24 9 5 .383 .447 .542 .159 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DUR AAA 280 35 83 18 3 8 45 16 45 6 2 .328 .386 .518 .190 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .111 .200 .111 .000 .123 -1.4 0.2 -0.1
2004 DUR AAA 548 81 167 47 5 21 93 26 96 15 4 .332 .379 .571 .239 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TBA MLB 24 3 4 1 1 1 3 1 6 0 0 .190 .292 .476 .286 .317 2.2 0.3 0.2
2005 WIC AA 30 6 7 0 0 1 6 3 5 1 0 .269 .345 .385 .115 .235 -0.0 0.1 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 97 7 25 4 2 1 9 4 15 0 1 .281 .323 .404 .124 .276 2.8 0.7 0.3
2005 OMA AAA 277 48 96 22 4 14 56 12 49 10 3 .371 .409 .649 .278 .348 24.9 0.4 2.3
2006 ATL MLB 322 37 97 15 4 7 32 11 49 5 5 .327 .364 .475 .148 .290 17.6 11.4 2.8
2007 ATL MLB 384 44 121 21 0 12 45 16 63 4 0 .338 .368 .497 .159 .287 18.5 4.1 2.2
2008 ATL MLB 140 9 33 2 0 2 14 3 32 4 2 .244 .264 .304 .059 .209 -3.3 1.0 -0.2
2008 MIS AA 28 5 6 0 0 1 4 2 5 1 0 .231 .286 .346 .115 .251 0.8 -0.3 0.1
2008 RIC AAA 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .167 .231 .167 .000 .148 -3.1 -0.0 -0.3
2009 ATL MLB 425 56 116 18 4 13 58 35 90 12 5 .313 .390 .488 .175 .307 24.9 -5.9 1.9
2010 GWN AAA 12 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .333 .083 .194 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1
2010 ATL MLB 244 27 56 17 2 7 31 13 44 3 1 .250 .302 .438 .188 .276 8.2 2.2 1.1
2011 ATL MLB 37 2 10 1 0 0 1 1 8 1 0 .286 .297 .314 .029 .209 -1.6 0.1 -0.2
2011 PIT MLB 231 14 56 12 1 0 19 11 44 4 2 .259 .303 .324 .065 .231 -3.5 -4.6 -0.9
2012 ATL MLB 118 10 24 6 0 2 13 9 21 0 0 .222 .280 .333 .111 .225 -3.1 0.9 -0.2
2013 NWO AAA 91 8 29 4 0 2 10 6 7 6 0 .341 .385 .459 .118 .277 1.8 -0.3 0.2
2013 MIA MLB 19 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .167 .211 .222 .056 .157 -1.5 -0.2 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 472 0.4534 0.5847 0.6957 0.7570 0.4419 0.7778 0.5789 0.3043
2009 1442 0.4958 0.5173 0.7279 0.6909 0.3466 0.8117 0.5635 0.2721
2010 785 0.5146 0.5523 0.7898 0.7252 0.3675 0.8635 0.6357 0.2079
2011 962 0.5218 0.5509 0.8170 0.7112 0.3761 0.9048 0.6358 0.1830
2012 395 0.4861 0.5367 0.7925 0.7292 0.3547 0.8857 0.6111 0.2075
2013 59 0.4915 0.5254 0.8710 0.8276 0.2333 0.8750 0.8571 0.1290
Career41150.49960.54150.76510.71540.36760.84750.60470.2345

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-19 2013-09-30 60-DL 134 119 Left Knee Contusion - -
2012-07-20 2012-10-06 15-DL 78 71 Right Thumb Surgery Infection Foreign Bodies 2012-08-15 -
2011-05-19 2011-05-19 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-05-15 2010-06-29 15-DL 45 42 Right Thumb Surgery Palm Tree Frond Foreign Body and Infection 2010-05-19
2009-10-01 2009-10-04 DTD 3 3 Right Thumb Surgery Infected Cyst In Thumb 2009-10-02
2009-01-26 2009-01-26 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery -
2008-05-28 2008-09-24 60-DL 119 106 Left Knee Sprain PCL -
2007-03-19 2007-03-24 Camp 5 0 Left Shoulder Strain -
2005-06-11 2005-07-18 15-DL 37 31 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $
2012 ATL $2,125,000
2011 PIT $2,125,000
2010 ATL $2,550,000
2009 ATL $1,237,500
2008 ATL $1,225,000
2007 ATL $395,000
2006 ATL $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$9,987,500
7 yrTotal$9,987,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 136 dLarry Reynolds1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/26/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. May earn additional $0.8M in performance bonuses. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by NY Yankees 3/17/13. Signed by Miami as a free agent 3/25/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Miami 5/2/13.
  • 2 years/$4.25M (2011-12). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/8/10. $0.25M signing bonus. 11:$2M, 12:$2M. $0.125M in annual performance bonuses based on PAs. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Pittsburgh 8/31/11.
  • 1 year/$2.55M (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 12/12/09 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Atlanta 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$1.2375M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/16/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.225M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $12,500 each for 450, 500 PAs. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for WS MVP, All Star, MVP. $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2007). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2006). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from KC 12/05 after being DFA. Signed 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Signed as a free agent 2/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Kansas City 4/05.
  • Drafted 1999 (17-505).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 514 59 137 27 3 8 52 37 95 13 3 .296 .356 .421 .294 26.6 LF 0, RF -4 2.5
80o 492 54 125 25 3 7 48 34 93 11 3 .281 .339 .399 .280 18.8 LF 0, RF -4 1.7
70o 476 51 117 23 3 7 45 32 92 11 3 .270 .326 .383 .269 13.5 LF 0, RF -4 1.1
60o 463 48 110 22 3 6 42 30 91 10 2 .260 .316 .370 .261 9.3 LF 0, RF -3 0.6
50o 450 46 103 20 2 6 40 28 90 9 2 .251 .306 .357 .253 5.5 LF 0, RF -3 0.2
40o 437 43 97 19 2 6 38 26 88 9 2 .243 .296 .345 .245 1.9 LF 0, RF -3 -0.1
30o 424 40 90 18 2 5 36 25 87 8 2 .233 .286 .331 .236 -1.7 LF 0, RF -3 -0.5
20o 408 38 83 16 2 5 33 23 85 8 2 .223 .273 .316 .226 -5.7 LF 0, RF -3 -0.9
10o 386 34 74 15 2 4 30 20 82 7 2 .208 .256 .295 .212 -10.6 LF 0, RF -3 -1.5
Weighted Mean456471062126412990102.256.311.363.2567.2LF 0, RF -30.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 31% 9% 16% 76%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201537250245212122017534.229.288.316.226-0.7-4.7-0.9-0.79.0-12.1-1.8
201638250235210121915553.227.282.306.223-0.8-6.0-1.0-0.89.2-13.5-1.8
20173925024519132015563.221.279.306.218-1.2-9.4-1.1-0.811.4-18.8-1.8
20184025023509121914522.216.269.288.213-1.9-15.3-1.2-0.914.9-28.2-1.8
201941250235110121815561.218.273.288.211-2.0-16.3-1.2-1.014.9-29.0-1.8
20204225022499111714571.216.268.279.206-1.3-10.3-1.2-1.07.1-15.1-1.8
20214325021489101614581.209.262.260.199-2.8-23.7-1.1-1.114.9-36.5-1.8
20224425021489101614580.208.261.258.197-2.7-22.8-1.0-1.213.6-34.2-1.8
20234525020489101514580.207.259.254.195-3.0-26.2-1.0-1.314.9-38.9-1.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
26.320.69.35.50.80.662.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Mark DeRosa 2011 .267
2 87 Jose Cruz 1984 .319
3 86 Minnie Minoso 1962 .210
4 85 Moises Alou 2003 .271
5 85 Jason Michaels 2012 .000 DNP
6 84 Raul Ibanez 2008 .293
7 84 Garret Anderson 2008 .258
8 83 Ben Oglivie 1985 .295
9 83 Bob Elliott 1953 .272
10 83 Monte Irvin 1955 .250
11 83 Billy Williams 1974 .302
12 83 Lonnie Smith 1992 .287
13 82 Jacque Jones 2011 .000 DNP
14 82 Brian Jordan 2003 .292
15 82 Gary Matthews 2011 .000 DNP
16 82 Gary Matthews 1987 .217
17 81 Dusty Baker 1985 .299
18 81 Reed Johnson 2013 .233
19 80 Rondell White 2008 .000 DNP
20 80 Johnny Damon 2010 .265
21 80 Brian Downing 1987 .309
22 80 David Dellucci 2010 .000 DNP
23 80 Dave Winfield 1988 .332
24 79 Lee Lacy 1984 .291
25 79 Lou Piniella 1980 .257
26 79 Carl Furillo 1958 .285
27 79 Randy Winn 2010 .247
28 79 Kirby Puckett 1996 .000 DNP
29 78 Bob Watson 1982 .258
30 78 Jay Payton 2009 .000 DNP
31 78 Greg Norton 2009 .207
32 78 Robin Yount 1992 .280
33 78 Al Smith 1964 .222
34 78 Paul O'Neill 1999 .273
35 78 Ken Griffey 1986 .291
36 78 Charlie Maxwell 1963 .293
37 78 Al Oliver 1983 .266
38 78 Lou Brock 1975 .274
39 77 Ronnie Belliard 2011 .000 DNP
40 77 Michael Tucker 2007 .000 DNP
41 77 Doug Decinces 1987 .265
42 77 Mike Sweeney 2010 .285
43 77 Felipe Alou 1971 .282
44 77 Paul Molitor 1993 .313
45 77 Don Buford 1973 .000 DNP
46 77 Michael Young 2013 .249
47 77 Melvin Mora 2008 .277
48 77 Pedro Guerrero 1992 .207
49 77 Bob Allison 1971 .000 DNP
50 76 Hal McRae 1982 .322
51 76 Tony Oliva 1975 .266
52 76 Harold Baines 1995 .310
53 76 Don Baylor 1985 .278
54 76 Rich Aurilia 2008 .261
55 76 Scott Podsednik 2012 .243
56 76 Ken Boyer 1967 .263
57 76 Gene Woodling 1959 .326
58 76 Tony Phillips 1995 .297
59 76 Bob Cerv 1961 .251
60 76 Johnny Bench 1984 .000 DNP
61 76 Julio Franco 1995 .000 DNP
62 76 Jim Dwyer 1986 .296
63 76 Carl Everett 2007 .000 DNP
64 76 Jerry Mumphrey 1989 .000 DNP
65 76 Pat Kelly 1981 .235
66 76 John Mabry 2007 .163
67 75 John Wockenfuss 1985 .170
68 75 Hank Bauer 1959 .250
69 75 Cecil Cooper 1986 .243
70 75 Javy Lopez 2007 .000 DNP
71 75 Phil Nevin 2007 .000 DNP
72 75 David Justice 2002 .278
73 75 B.J. Surhoff 2001 .266
74 75 Luis Gonzalez 2004 .286
75 75 Andre Dawson 1991 .284
76 75 George Hendrick 1986 .288
77 75 Chet Lemon 1991 .000 DNP
78 75 Brady Anderson 2000 .275
79 75 Steve Finley 2001 .260
80 75 Norm Cash 1971 .325
81 75 Rocky Nelson 1961 .241
82 75 Ellis Burks 2001 .300
83 75 Orlando Cepeda 1974 .206
84 75 Joe Carter 1996 .263
85 75 Aaron Boone 2009 .053
86 75 Bernie Williams 2005 .244
87 75 Ivan Rodriguez 2008 .240
88 75 Sid Gordon 1954 .312
89 74 Keith Hernandez 1990 .199
90 74 John Lowenstein 1983 .316
91 74 Rod Carew 1982 .293
92 74 Brandon Inge 2013 .166
93 74 Jim Rice 1989 .229
94 74 Will Clark 2000 .323
95 74 Ray Boone 1960 .226
96 74 Andre Thornton 1986 .267
97 74 Mickey Vernon 1954 .300
98 74 David Segui 2003 .252
99 74 Fred Lynn 1988 .292
100 74 Carlos Guillen 2012 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .281 .331 .414 .268
11 vs R (Multi) .207 .259 .284 .191
18 Split (Multi) -.073 -.073 -.130 -.077
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .167 .231 .250 .184
31 vs R (2013) .167 .167 .167 .064
38 Split (2013) .000 -.064 -.083 -.120
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Diaz was once known as a lefty masher, but his stock has slipped over the past two years. An infected thumb ended his season in July, but even before the ailment, Diaz couldn't hitchhike his way up to replacement level. He has not shown his trademark power since 2010 and he turns 35 before Opening Day. The Yankees signed him to a minor-league deal in December in their search for some right-handed power for their all-lefty outfield.
2012 Lassoed from Pittsburgh late in the season to serve in reserve, Diazís uncharacteristic trouble with southpaws worsened upon re-arrival in Atlanta. Fredi Gonzalez used Diaz better than Clint Hurdle had by maximizing his exposure to leftiesó78 percent of his plate appearances, as opposed to 49 percent in Pittsburgh. Diaz managed to hit for average vs. lefties, so the culprit was a ghostly slugging percentage. A return to hitting lefties will make him the haute piece of bench decoration he served as during his first tour in Atlanta.
2011 Diaz has become the Brett Saberhagen of fourth outfielders, and next year is an odd-numbered one, so he should be good if you believe in trends you shouldn't believe in. He doesn't have power, he's a bad defensive outfielder, and he can't run. What he can do is look like an all-star when facing left-handers, against whom he boasts a career .335/.373/.533 line. As long as you know his limitations (and can read a calendar), it's easy to get value out of him. The Pirates signed him to a two-year, $4.25 million contract to (at least initially) platoon in right field with Garrett Jones. Given Jones' second-half disappearing act, there is a huge risk for Diaz to suffer from overexposure.
2010 Diaz's 2009 season will be remembered for a brutal baserunning gaffe that ended the Braves' long-shot chances at a post-season slot, but the Braves wouldn't even have been in position to make a bid for October without Diaz's hot hitting down the stretch, commencing with the .404/.467/.681 line he put up in August after the Francouer deal freed him to play every day. Nothing about Diaz's game is pretty. He doesn't run well, is a bad outfielder, doesn't work the count, and has middling power, but he's also a career .310 hitter. Though in a perfect world Diaz would get only 300 at-bats a year as part of a stronger overall outfield, there's still plenty of value here.
2009 Diazís 2008 season was a complete loss after h tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a collision with the wall in Milwaukee on May 27, effectively finishing his season. He didnít hit in 11 rehab games in July and August, appeared in just one more game for the Braves, and would have been a non-tender candidate if the Braves had even one reliable outfielder coming out of the 2008 season. Although a platoon asset (.328/.361/.508 career vs. LHP), Diazís days in the majors could be numbered.
2008 Matt Diaz has batted .401 on contact over the past two seasons, sixth-best in MLB. That is an extremely high figure that, coupled with his a 6:1 K/UIBB ratio, indicates that his batting average will be coming down. Because Diaz's high batting average represents so much of his value-he has middling power, no speed, and very little defensive skill-you can expect his playing time to be reduced accordingly. Still, Diaz should have a long career as a pinch-hitter and platoon corner guy.
2007 After being discarded by two of the worst organizations of the decade, Diaz fell into a relationship with the Braves that left both parties ecstatic. The only drawback to his season was that he did most of his hitting in May and August, batting a combined .429/.467/.696 in those months and .265/.300/.341 in the others. It`s not surprising that a player like Diaz slipped past the Royals and Devil Rays; bad teams are often so focused on their lack of star power that they miss the useful role players in their midst.
2006 The Good Allard Baird: he signed Diaz, who had hit .354 and .332 with good power in the high minors the previous two years. The Bad Allard Baird: he let Buddy Bell confine Diaz to the bench in his September call-up after Diaz had hit .371 with even more power in Omaha. Sure, he doesn`t take a walk, but a guy whose average over the past three years is .348 has earned a chance to prove he`s better than Terrence Long. Instead, the Royals sent Diaz to the instructional league to work on--we`re not making this up--becoming a catcher. Traded to the Braves for pitcher Rico Rodriguez, the Braves will give him a shot to be a fourth outfielder or even a platoon starter.
2005 A late bloomer, maybe too late. Drafted out of college, Diaz wasn't seen as a top prospect (not athletic enough) and consequently moved slowly (i.e., a normal pace for any other organization) through the Rays' system. He was already 25 when he had his breakthrough season in 2003, hitting .383. Now he's facing 27, he hasn't established himself in the majors, and he has to look over his shoulder at a pile of athletic outfielders, the kind the team prizes, coming up behind him. If he can squeeze past Jose Cruz, he might get an opportunity to be the placeholder, and you never know what can happen if given a chance. More likely he ends up a Triple-A regular and occasional call-up for the next few years.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard losing Granderson is a devastating blow to the Yankees. I've also heard that it will be 30-odd games and that they will be fine. Which side do you believe?
(Alex from Anaheim)
I don't think it's the end of the world, Alex, unless the injury somehow hinders Granderson's power-hitting for the rest of the season. PECOTA projects Granderson for 2.4 WARP, so shaving a month off his playing time only costs the Yankees about half a win, if they can find an adequate replacement. The biggest concern, for me, is whether they can find a left fielder with the ability to handle right-handed pitching, because Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera cannot. A short-term platoon partner might be the most sensible addition, if they choose to look outside of the organization; there's no need to press the panic button and deal for Soriano. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, Detroit's looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with Dirks. . . assuming that resigning Delmon I-don't-want-to-DH Young is out of the question, who is available? Do they have any depth anywhere for trading?
(John Carter from Toronto (Tigers fan originally from the New York a)
Glad to see you in the queue again, John Carter.

Jon Morosi reported (and then retracted) yesterday that the Tigers had a two-year offer out to Scott Hairston, and while that report proved inaccurate, I think Hairston could be a fit there. Cody Ross is another possibility, though his price would need to come down if he's going to serve in a platoon role, and they could also consider Andruw Jones or Matt Diaz.

In terms of pieces the Tigers could trade, Brennan Boesch and Andrew Oliver were mentioned yesterday by CBS Sports' Danny Knobler: https://twitter.com/DKnobler/status/275663979584552962. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat) Any chance George Constanza is the Braves 4th OF and steals 25?
(Tony Danza from Italy)
Tough to bank on 25 steals from a 4th OF, and manager Fredi Gonzalez says he might only be the 5th OF (the team has a more potent Eric Hinske bat around plus Matt Diaz). As a 5th OF, I think you're looking at more of 10 SB, but he does have good speed and could steal more with some injuries or good play that nets him more PT. (Derek Carty)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)3 NL only guys - Matt Diaz, Seth Smith, Mark DeRosa. Should I cut bait on them?
(Carl from Boston)
I don't play fantasy baseball, so I'm not really sure that I have a good sense of what replacement level is in NL only leagues. Matt Diaz seems like he is in a BABIP funk. His other numbers seem pretty much okay, and he's usually the type to have a very high BABIP, so I'd expect him to be the most likely to bounce back. DeRosa hasn't really shown any power this year, so I'm inclined to think that could be a problem. His BABIP should rebound a bit, but I'd be concerned. Seth Smith isn't walking this year, which I'm guessing is his main problem. His BABIP is low too. All three of these guys seem to be partly unlucky and all have low BABIPs which are drawing your attention. I think DeRosa is the one to be most concerned about if I had to guess. (Matt Swartz)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Diaz kills left-handed pitching. Isn't it easier to find him a righty-masher platoon mate than to find a full-time left fielder?
(Christopher from Nashville)
How many lefty platoon mashers are there, though? Not as many as you'd think, and many of them wind up employed as everyday players already, given the roster crunch that favors employment of fourth-tier relievers at the expense of tactical weapons on offense. They just tried it with Garret Anderson, after a fashion, and that flopped. Trying it again with Ryan Church or seeing if there's anything left with Brian Giles? The best best might be to get in on any offers for Brad Hawpe. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, who will be manning LF and RF for Atlanta next year? That outfield is a mess, even with the addition of McLouth...
(steveomd from GA)
Not Francoeur! Bwahahaha.

Schafer will probably get another shot out there, don't you think? They have been big on platoons involving Matt Diaz the past few years too, so maybe some more of that with a new partner. The key to this whole thing is really that Jeffrey is gone. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, how do the Braves fix their absolute mess of an outfield, now and down the road?
(steveomd from Ohio)
Start by pulling the ol' switcheroo the next time the traveling secretary hands out plane tickets to Jeff Francoeur and Garret Anderson, maybe something along the lines of a flight to Tijuana via Nova Scotia.

I'd start with the assumption that McLouth should be playing a corner position (does he have the arm for right?), platoon Gregor Blanco and Omar Infante in center, at least until you're satisfied Schafer is ready, and try to find a lefty bat that can match with Matt Diaz in left. And look forward to the day when Jason Heyward is ready (two years?). (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Matt Diaz being effective if given regular at-bats against LHPs and RHPs, or is all his value connected to only starting against southpaws? A connected question - who do you see receiving more major league at-bats this season, Brandon Jones or Josh Anderson?
(abernethyj from Chapel Hill, NC)
If the Braves want to win ballgames, Brandon Jones, with Diaz remaining in the role he's best suited for, picking the rookie up against the league's tougher southpaws. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can Brandon Jones start over Matt Diaz in LF for the Braves? If so, what kind of numbers do you expect?
(jchilds from philly)
He's more fourth outfielder for me than starter. You could platoon the two, although Diaz doesn't have much of a split. I'm not sure why you'd want to replace Diaz, necessarily, although he does need a caddy on defense. (Joe Sheehan)


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