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Braves non-tender Matt Diaz after five years in Atlanta

Dec 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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Matt Diaz has been added to the non-tender pile, as the Braves cut the 33-year-old outfielder loose after five seasons in Atlanta.

Diaz has alternated good years and bad years for the Braves, and when his batting average slumps like it did this season his modest pop, swing-at-everything approach, and poor defense make him a liability.

However, he’s a career .301 hitter with an .806 OPS and if spotted primarily against left-handed pitching as a platoon corner outfielder he would be a very nice pickup for quite a few teams.

Diaz has hit .335 with a .907 OPS versus lefties, compared to .269 with a .710 OPS versus righties, so if paired with a left-handed-hitting platoon-mate and plugged into the lineup against southpaws he can provide about one-third of an All-Star caliber performance.

Plus, he also brings some value to the table as a crazy fan wrangler.

  1. sportsdrenched - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Is that Dayton Moore I hear picking up the phone?

  2. hackerjay - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Seems like a good fit for the Phillies.

  3. Walk - Dec 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Sad day, my favorite brave in recent memory. His slump this year was caused by an infection that was so bad his hand was almost amputated. He played through it until surgery was required. He returned from surgery and hit extremely well though. I saw the nickname magellan used a few times to describe his of defense but he always seemed to just get there and he also had a game saving assist at home in a big game this year as the braves were sliding out of first and into the wild card lead. It hard not to like players like him. Just to poke a bit of fun at us and him i believe he is a scrappy blue collar type.

  4. Tim's Neighbor - Dec 2, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    One of the nicest pro baseball players around. A tough choice for the Braves, but probably the right choice.

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