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Report: Pirates sign Matt Diaz to a two-year contract

Dec 7, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

Matt Diaz running

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Matt Diaz has agreed to a two-year contract with the Pirates. Terms aren’t yet available.

Diaz, who turns 33 in March, was non-tendered by the Braves last week after batting .250/.302/.438 with seven home runs and 31 RBI over 224 at-bats this past season. He reportedly drew interest from several teams in free agency, including the the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Dodgers, Mariners and Blue Jays, among others.

Diaz has a .337 career batting average and 907 OPS against left-handed pitching, so he is best utilized as part of a platoon, but it’s not clear how the Pirates intend to use him. Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata are everyday players, so he’ll likely share playing time with Garrett Jones, who bats from the left side of the plate.

  1. mje3 - Dec 8, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Diaz could also platoon with Ryan Doumit, who saw 18 starts last year in RF, was a bit injury-prone as a full-time catcher, and who hits righties much better than lefties.

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