Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yankees Sign Matt Diaz to a MiLB Contract

The answer? Not quite.
The New York Yankees have agreed to a contract with right-handed hitting outfielder Matt Diaz, first reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

Diaz, 35-years-old, comes to the Yankees after playing in just 51 games and undergoing thumb surgery in August for the Atlanta Braves. He agreed to a one-year minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

As the free-agent market for outfielders begins to dwindle, the Yankees could have made the move considering Scott Hairston may be demanding more money than they are willing to give and he prefers returning to the Mets in 2013.

Diaz has hit left-handed pitching well in his career, where 31 of his 45 career homeruns come off southpaw pitchers. But for the most part, he has not performed since 2010 with just over 350 at-bats in the last two years. The Yankees are providing him with a chance to showcase what he has left post-injury in Spring Training. There is no guarantee that he is the Yankees answer for their outfield conundrum.

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