Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

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...

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Pirates Sign Matt Diaz to a 2 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...

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Kevin Correia Contract Details

Yesterday the Pirates agreed to a deal with right handed pitcher Kevin Correia for two years and $8 M.  Dejan Kovacevic has the breakdown of the contract details. Correia’s deal includes a $2 M signing bonus, plus base salaries of $3 M a year in 2011 and 2012.  He can also earn up to $1 M in performance bonuses.  If Correia is traded, his new team can’t offer him arbitration.  Correia was a Type B free agent this...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: It’s All About Pitching

The Washington Nationals made a huge splash on the free agent market on Sunday, announcing a seven year, $126 M deal with outfielder Jayson Werth.  The deal has gotten a lot of attention, both due to the impact of the signing on the free agent market, and the statement the Nationals made.  Despite the signing, I really don’t see the Nationals as a team that has greatly improved.  Werth has looked good over the last two years,...

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Pirates Agree to 2 Year Deal With Correia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two year deal with Kevin Correia for around $8 M, according to Jerry Crasnick.  We heard earlier today that the Pirates were looking at Correia, among other pitchers.  If you’ve read any of my previous write ups on Correia, you know that I’m a fan, and expected him to be available for around $5 M a season.  Back in November I said that Correia could be one of the best values on the...

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