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Yankees release outfielder Matt Diaz

Mar 17, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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As first reported by the YES Network, the Yankees have officially cut ties with outfielder Matt Diaz, who was in camp this spring on a minor league contract.

Diaz went 6-for-30 (.200/.250/.200) this year in the Grapefruit League, netting zero extra-base hits. The 35-year-old will hope to catch on with a new team that is willing to give him a shot at a bench spot.

The release of Diaz increases the odds of Ben Francisco cracking the Yankees’ Opening Day roster as a backup outfielder. Brennan Boesch is expected to start in left field until Curtis Granderson (forearm) returns and Juan Rivera is likely to take the majority of starts at first base until Mark Teixeira (wrist) is ready. Go Bombers?

  1. genericcommenter - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    They should’ve re-signed Swisher, though that would have angered commenters here who assert that he is inferior to slap-hitters with sub .300 OBP. At least he could have filled in at first, and then they would only have one reserve OF-er starting. Instead they have at least 3 positions being manned by reserves and marginal MLB roster spot holders, with not a lick of power and almost no on-base skills in the OF at all.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      The problem with Swisher wasn’t his quality, it was the 2014 Luxury Tax threshold. Most sane Yankee fans would have loved to have Swisher back if it wasn’t for that.

      • genericcommenter - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Good point.

      • bigharold - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        “… it was the 2014 Luxury Tax threshold. Most sane Yankee fans would have loved to have Swisher back if it wasn’t for that.”

        The other issue with Swisher was that he was 32 and wanted a 4-5 year deal for big money. I liked Swisher but I never thought bring him back for 4-5 years was smart at the money he’d command. I wish him well but I think the Yankees got all the good value from him and resigning him was going to prove a mistake.

      • cackalackyank - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Well, the issue with Swisher was not just his contract demands, and his age and the Luxury tax…there was the need to pick up Granderson’s option…bet they wish they had that one back.

  2. banger60 - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    no one could of predicted these injuries but they would of been lucky to make playoffs anyway.i’ m a yankee fan but I don’t see a lot going forward.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      “Have” not “Of”.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Oh, give cur back his monocle.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        That one just drives me nuts.

        I don’t even care about your/you’re but this one….rrrrggg

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Fine, we have you down with the anti-colloquialism crowd then.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        It’s not even a colloquialism….

        It’s the wrong word altogether which makes a sentence make no sense.

        “Hey, do you of a bag have sugar I can borrow?”

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I would of listened to you but that would of required taking off my headphones and I would of had to stop texting my bff. lol!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        But, it is a common phrase in spoken English (American) that is not proper. Now, I know how to troll you. :)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Gah! Uncle Mo beat me to it! I’ll get you for this, Green.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        You just didn’t of quick enough fingers.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Probably cuz I could of used some hair of the dog already.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        I guess if you think about it, for all intensive purposes it is a mute point.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I must of come down with Old-Timer’s disease or something, because I’m not following any of this.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Don’t you mean “any have this”?

        Goddammit, now I’m mistaking corrects.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        “not following any have this” you mean

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        You people make suitcase sense. Now gimme back that monocle….

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Did you just drop “you people”??

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Some have my best friends are ‘you people”.

      • indaburg - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        The correct term is “youse people.” Cretin.

      • jimbanks02 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Hey, half-assed grammarian-unless you intend the point to be silent, as in “hit the mute button” you should use “moot point”. Take the beam outa your own eye, pal!!

      • Kevin S. - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        That whoosh you hear going over your head is the joke you just missed, jimbo.

      • jimbanks02 - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        That’s what I get for going off half cocked(not to mention half-assed). Wrong I was. Sorry I am.

  3. stephenolszewski - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    You know you’re having a bad spring when you get cut by the Yankees

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Do you think that’s worse than being cut by the Royals or Astros?

      • blacksables - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Play nice with the Royals. Their ineptitude will ensure the tigers win the division again.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        That really wasn’t meant to be a big slam. I was really just trying to give some perspective there. Last year, the Royals mopped up on V pretty good one time. I appreciate them completely.

  4. pisano - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    “Yankees release Matt Diaz” stay tuned, Dan Johnson won’t be far behind him, Johnson is hitting .074 as of today.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    If you can’t make it here … you can’t make it aaaany-where

    • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      He might be an upgrade for those folks in Queens.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Now you’re just trolling Marlon Byrd.

  6. mazblast - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    You get what you pay for. The Yankees went cheap for once–and are paying the price in a different way.

    Ben Francisco, Brennan Boesch, Juan Rivera. Yeah, those are names that inspire fear in the hearts of opponents everywhere.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Agreed! The Jays once had Francisco and Rivera and know what damage they can inflict.

      • cackalackyank - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        You mean damage to the goal of winning a pennant, I presume.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Correct!

  7. Stiller43 - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Jimbanks,

    He was being sarcastic…he also said “intensive purposes” which is not correct…he was showing other commonly fudged words/sayings.

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