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Yankees sign Matt Diaz to minor league contract

Dec 26, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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From Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that the Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Matt Diaz.

It includes an invitation to spring training, where Diaz will be in the hunt for an Opening Day roster spot.

Diaz batted just .222/.280/.333 with two home runs and 13 RBI across 118 plate appearances this past season for the Braves. But he can play both corner outfield spots and the 34-year-old right-handed hitter owns an outstanding .324/.364/.498 career slash line against left-handed pitching.

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UPDATE, 6:57 PM: Marc Carig of Newsday says Diaz could make up to $2 million if he cracks the major league roster, remains on it for the entire season and triggers certain performance-based incentives.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    On a minor league deal it’s a low risk high reward possibility. Even if he makes the team he’s definitely looking at being the 4th outfielder behind: Gardner, Granderson and Ichiro. It won’t be the first time Cashman has caught lightening in a bottle. Rumor is IF Diaz make the big league team his contract is for $1.2MM

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      So now we know how they plan to replace Ibanez.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        I don’t think Diaz will be their only option when all is said and done and the Yankees break camp and head north in the spring.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Its a no risk low money signing. Decent enough depth move. How is his glove?

  3. knowlegeforyou - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    if you gave Ludwick, Ichiro’s arm you have Matty D

  4. tfbuckfutter - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Went to school with this guy’s wife. Apparently he’s a huge Yankee fan.

    The only thing is….both my wife and I remember his wife having a different name than his actual wife has.

    So we might have just gone to college with a crazy person who thought no one would challenge her for saying she was married to a marginal ballplayer very few people had heard of (at that point…it was when he played for the Royals)

    • paul621 - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      I sat behind her at a Nats-Braves game in DC once. I didn’t catch her name, though, so I can’t help you out.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Crazy skinny (like marathon runner skinner) with short kinda curly brown hair (obviously that could change)?

        A little…umm….I don’t mean this in a bad way, but kind of energetic and a little goofy?

      • paul621 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Sorry, all I remember is her looking incredibly bored all game, except when he was batting.

  5. pisano - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Good God, I was hoping for a little more than this, how about someone that can hit .275 or better.

    • Charles Gates - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Which is why, just for you, Drew wrote owns an outstanding .324/.364/.498 career slash line.

      • Charles Gates - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        dropped the against lefties part by accident.

  6. mazblast - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    It’s a very un-Yankee-like signing, low-risk, medium-reward and possibly a fine fit. Instead of throwing a lot of money at someone, they’re going the “if you produce, you stay” route.

    However, they still need someone as an outfield spare who can play every day if needed. Diaz has mashed lefties in the past, but he’s overmatched vs. RHP.

  7. JMil_ATL - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    He’ll be a good pick up for you. I always liked him as a Brave. A lot of hustle and good character.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I look forward to seeing you in the summer in Scranton Matty. Maybe you can sign something for a Braves fan who always liked having you on the roster.

  9. jayscarpa - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    The Yankees seem to do well with role players: Ibanez, Chavez, Jones (2011), Thames (2010). They need a good RHH badly.

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