The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Matt Diaz signing official, inking the outfielder to a two-year deal. We learned Diaz's role in 2011 after the Lyle Overbay signing earlier today, as he will be platooning in right field with Garrett Jones. That's a good combination, as Diaz is a career .335/.373/.533 hitter against left handers, while Jones is a career .282/.359/.495 hitter against right handers.
Diaz will receive $4.25 M for his two year deal, although we don't know the breakdown yet. My guess is that it will be $2 M a year, with a $250 K signing bonus.
The additions of Diaz and Overbay put the 40-man roster at 40 players. The Kevin Correia signing still has to be made official, and to do that, the Pirates need to clear a space ...
This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.