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Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

The Pirates signed Diaz to a two year deal.

The lone move the Pittsburgh Pirates made on day two was the signing of outfielder Matt Diaz.  The Pirates were reported to have interest in Diaz last week after he was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves.  The signing of Diaz raises an interesting question about how the Pirates will handle their starting first base and right field positions in 2011, and whether they will employ a platoon situation.

Diaz is very similar to recently departed outfielder Lastings Milledge.  The signing doesn't really upgrade the Pirates, considering all of the similarities between the two players.  In fact, it could provide a downgrade, considering that Diaz is 33, had a down year in 2010, and Milledge is 26 and was improving against left handers in 2010.  Just like Milledge, Diaz won't be a strong every day right fielder.  His defense, in limited playing time, has been poor at the position, and he struggles against right handed pitching.  That's why Diaz w...

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