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Pirates Sign Matt Diaz to a 2 Year Deal

Pirates Sign Matt Diaz to a 2 Year Deal

The Pirates signed Diaz to a two year deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign outfielder Matt Diaz to a two year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal.  Diaz was non-tendered last week by the Atlanta Braves, and we heard shortly after that the Pirates were looking at him as a corner outfield option.

Diaz essentially replaces Lastings Milledge, and the two are very similar.  Consider the following:

-Diaz has a career .335/.373/.533 line against left handers.  Milledge has a career .282/.332/.386 line against left handers.  It should be noted that Milledge hit for a .320/.414/.512 line in 2010 against left handers.

-Diaz has a career .269/.327/.382 line against right handers.  Milledge is almost identical, at .269/.328/.394.

-Diaz has a career 2.8 UZR/150 in left field, and a career -9.7 UZR/150 in right field, although he's had a very limited amount of playing time in right.  Milledge has a career 2.8 UZR/150 in left field, and a career -14.6 UZR/150 in right field.  ...

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