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The Yankees are not going to sign shortstop Aledmys Diaz

Feb 24, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz recently held a showcase for several teams. At the time the Yankees were said to be interested in him, possibly as an eventual Jeter heir. But not anymore. George King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are dropping out of the bidding.

The Braves, Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies are thought to be interested in the 23-year-old shortstop. Or, at least, shortstop for now. His defense is said to be questionable and his future may be at second or third.

Diaz hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 313 plate appearances his final year in Cuba.

  1. nymets4ever - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Hey, the Dodgers haven’t signed a Cuban in a good…*looks at watch*…4-and-a-half minutes now. Aren’t they due?

  2. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    What? He’s too young for their infield? Won’t fit in?

    • yankeefan1950 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      No, he can hit over .200.

  3. gibbyfan - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Would like to see the Cards get a decent SS in their system but hopefully one that is solid on defense.. I thought it odd the Dodgers just signed a young Cuban SS and I wondered why they din’t go after this guy instead……..maybe his defense is just that bad.

    • spudchukar - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      I believe the Cards made him an offer. They seem to believe his defense is okay, not great. Hard to see how the Braves are players, maybe at second, but they have spent a wad lately.

      Maybe Giants, at second, and of course the Phillies need youth on the infield. Time will tell.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        According to Derrick Goold and Joe Strauss (this morning), the Cards haven’t offered Diaz (yet), his agent allegedly wants 20 million + over 4 years and the Cards aren’t likely to go that high.

      • spudchukar - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Thanks, Falc, I never got the final word on the offer, and 20 mil for 4 years is pricey.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Here’s the latest on Diaz from a Cards perspective from Derrick Goold’s chat this afternoon:

        “There was a report that the Yankees dropped out. That was 24 hours after there were some reports that the Yankees were favorites to sign him. I get the feel that this whole thing is gaining momentum but remains fluid. The deal for the Cuban shortstop the Dodgers signed this past week — five years, $25 million — skews the market to a place the Cardinals don’t want to go and you could easily see how Diaz’s reps believe it should. That could be a holdup with other teams. Market slides, and more teams will scramble. It could come down to Diaz choosing the place with the most playing time and the best possibility of making the majors. That may not be with the Cardinals seeing how their infield is position”

  4. yahmule - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Well, the Yankees better sign someone to play shortstop. The season is five weeks away.

    • voidhelix - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      They have some guy who plays with a #2….

      • paperlions - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Yeah, but that guy’s range makes Diaz look like Simmons.

      • yahmule - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Tim Foli? Dale Berra? Mike Gallego?

        I hope you don’t mean Rizzuto because he died seven years ago and he wore number 10.

  5. voidhelix - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Yankees want Hanley Ramirez and have options for 2nd. Diaz is at least a year away.

  6. henryd3rd - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    George King III! For a minute there I thought George Steinbrenner was back?

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