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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Pirates Targeting Corner Outfielders

Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are now targeting corner outfielders following the non-tender of Lastings Milledge.  Biertempfel mentions that two players on the radar are recently non-tendered Matt Diaz and Jack Cust. Diaz is coming off a year where he hit for a .250/.302/.438 line in 224 at-bats for the Braves.  That was following a season where he hit for a .313/.390/.488 line in 371 at-bats.  Diaz is a career...

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Poll: Would You Have Tendered Milledge?

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Lastings Milledge yesterday, following a season which he hit for a .277/.332/.380 line in 379 at-bats.  Milledge also struggled on defense, taking some very interesting routes in the outfield at times.  He did have strong numbers against left handers, with a .320/.414/.512 line in 125 at-bats, making him a strong platoon possibility. Back in September, Charlie at Bucs Dugout had a good article about...

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Recapping the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered four players and re-signed two arbitration eligible players prior to the non-tender deadline.  The Pirates re-signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $2 M deal with an option for the 2012 season, and re-signed Jeff Karstens to a one year, $1.1 M deal.  Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf also received tender offers, although no deal is in place for either player yet.  The Pirates also non-tendered four...

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