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Marlins sign outfielder Matt Diaz to minor league contract

Mar 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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After being given his release by the Yankees last weekend, outfielder Matt Diaz has already found a new home.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Marlins have added Diaz on a minor league contract. He’ll presumably have a chance to make the Opening Day roster, and who knows, he could end up batting cleanup before long.

Diaz went 6-for-30 (.200) with no extra-base hits during Grapefruit League action before being cut loose by the Bombers. Long known as a lefty masher, the 35-year-old batted just .222/.280/.333 with two home runs and a .613 OPS in 118 plate appearances with the Braves last season.

  1. crawdaddybob - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Oh boy, poor Matt Diaz! Besides not being very useful anymore — what did he do to deserve the Marlins. I wish him luck!

  2. kiwicricket - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Feeding from the bottom or on what ever drifts into their lowly path.

    Go Miami Mollusks!
    The Miami Crustaceans? The Echinoderm’s?
    What about the Miami Shellfish??

    • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Sandworms. They’re going to be buried in the standings as well as at the box office.

  3. brownsbraves11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    The Fish Killer is now a fish. You know what they say: If your only use is consistently beating the hell out of ’em, join ’em.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Is this a team or a soup kitchen for baseball discards? Tweeter will be all kinds of happy to have so much company in his mediocrity. His wretched RISP won’t stick out like a sore stump anymore.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Can’t wait until the Marlins are better than they were last year so some of the blowhards can have their crow served hot and delicious

    • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Better put that crow in the freezer and save it for 2015 or 16. If that. If you leave it on the counter, even the flies won’t want it.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Of course, even if you’re right, Jimmy, with all the money we’ve saved by not wasting it on tickets to see this sorry excuse of a team play or line Scrooge McLoria’s pockets, we’d be able to afford a nice bottle of Merlot Nuveau to wash it down and still have enough left over to go to a Heat game.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        What place is worst than last place? There are few things more pathetic then watching overpaid baseball players floundering in last place

        In the city of Miami, winning cures all and when these youngsters start to play well, Marlins Park will fill up again with or without you. But I feel I must add, if you hate the Marlins and Loria so much, why even bother commenting on EVERY Marlins story. I mean I hate the Patriots and Celtics but I don’t feel obligated to tell everyone how awful Bob Kraft and Jason Terry are at life and yet you just can’t let it go about Loria. I mean I honestly feel like you and Criag Calcaterra are butt buddies who get off on hating Loria. Which is fine but how either of you can get any points for objectivity is beyond me.

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