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  1. Bud Selig issues a statement about Derek Jeter’s retirement

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Matt Diaz didn’t get a statement from Bud. Derek Jeter does. I see how it is.  “In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter.  Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the National Pastime…

  2. Matt Diaz announces his retirement

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    Matt Diaz has announced — on his own blog — that he’s retiring: I’m moving on in my life from playing baseball.  Notice, I didn’t say, I was done with baseball!  How could anyone who loves the game ever “be done.”  And certainly I love the game!  I love the way it taught me to…

  3. Marlins sign outfielder Matt Diaz to minor league contract

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Matt Diaz AP

    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…

  4. Marlins release Chone Figgins

    Mar 20, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    This might be the end of the line for Chone Figgins. First he was released by the Mariners, who chose to eat $8 million rather than keep him around for another season, and now the Marlins have released him as well. If you can’t secure a bench spot as a veteran player with defensive versatility…

  5. 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…

  6. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  7. Curtis Granderson has broken right forearm, out 10 weeks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Brutal news this afternoon out of Yankees camp. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, outfielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured right forearm and will need 10 weeks of rest and rehab. Which means he probably won’t be ready for action until late April or early May. Granderson suffered the injury…

  8. Yankees sign Juan Rivera to minor league deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have signed veteran outfielder Juan Rivera to a minor-league deal, bringing him in as a potential right-handed bench bat. Last offseason Rivera got $4 million in guaranteed money from the Dodgers, who ended up buying out his 2013 option for $500,000 after he hit just…

  9. Well, that’s no fun: The Yankees have “zero interest” in Delmon Young

    Jan 2, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

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    It’s almost like Brian Cashman doesn’t want bloggers to have a good time: Even after sign Matt Diaz to minor deal, #Yankees looking for RH punch v. LHs. Have no interest in Delmon Young, who is still fr agt (con) — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 2, 2013 Young v. LHs:.307/.341/.483, plus 3 strong DS v.…

  10. The Yankees are still interested in Scott Hairston

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    In past years I would not make much of an effort to post about the Yankees’ possible interest in role players, but in a world where their failure to land guys like Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholtz actually upsets people, this is relevant: The Yankees starting outfield is Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki ……

  11. 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…

  12. Braves sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal with option

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    Even though Reed Johnson struggled after coming over from the Cubs in the Paul Maholm-Arodys Vizcaino deal in July, the Braves saw something they liked. They re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. Johnson, who turns 36 later this week, hit .302/.355/.444 in 169 at-bats for the Cubs…

  13. Matt Diaz to undergo season-ending thumb surgery

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    Matt Diaz has been on the disabled list since mid-July with a right thumb injury and the Braves announced that the veteran outfielder will undergo season-ending surgery. Diaz told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “we’ve given it pretty much every way to rest possible” before deciding on surgery, which carries a two-month…

  14. Cubs send Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Atlanta; Geovany Soto to Texas

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    The Cubs started the unloading process Monday night, shipping left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino and catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for right-hander Jacob Brigham. Maholm satisfies the Braves’ need for a starter after the team originally tried trading for fellow Cub Ryan Dempster. Maholm has…

  15. Braves activate Jonny Venters from disabled list

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Jonny Venters tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first rehab appearance last night with Triple-A Gwinnett. He was originally expected to make two appearances before returning from the disabled list, but the Braves have decided to activate him for today’s doubleheader against the Nationals. Matt Diaz was placed on the disabled list with…

  16. Chipper Jones lands on disabled list with bruised left calf

    May 26, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Chipper Jones‘ left calf injury hasn’t gotten any better over the past couple of days, so the Braves have decided to place him on the disabled list. The team has yet to make a corresponding roster move, but they are likely to call up a catcher after David Ross left last night’s game against the…

  17. Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare. Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martin Prado and Juan Francisco…

  18. Jon Niese loses no-hitter in seventh against the Braves

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    In his first start after signing a five-year contract, Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves. Niese lost the no-hitter on a Freddie Freeman single after Dan Uggla walked to start the seventh. Matt Diaz followed with a fly to right that Lucas Duda lost in the sun for an…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  20. Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The…

  21. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    The Braves announced just a short while ago that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is the sixth knee surgery of Jones’ career and comes just days after the 39-year-old third baseman announced his intention to retire following the 2012 season. In an…

  22. Chipper Jones needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones‘ final season isn’t getting off to the most promising start. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Interestingly, Bowman hears that the 39-year-old third baseman suffered the injury running in the outfield Thursday just before he announced his intention…

  23. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  24. Matt Diaz is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Maybe. It’s possible Matt Diaz was in better shape years ago with the Royals or something, but this story has all the hallmarks of a BSOHL story: struggling player with a weakening hold on a major league job + big weight loss and optimistic talk. Take it away Dave O’Brien of the AJC: After seeing his slugging…

  25. Running down the rosters: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Since finishing off one of the biggest collapses in NL history, the Braves have responded by doing absolutely nothing, at least when it comes to adding. They did trade away Derek Lowe and let shortstop Alex Gonzalez leave in free agency. But every member of the current 25-man projected roster below was in the organization…

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