Matt Diaz Signing Official and Contract Details

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...

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Poll: Winter Meetings Additions

The Pittsburgh Pirates added four players during the Winter Meetings this past week, signing Kevin Correia, Matt Diaz, and Scott Olsen, and selecting Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 draft.  Which player was your favorite addition? Take Our...

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2010 Winter Meetings Recap

The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are clearly a big deal.  All you have to do is look at the amount of transactions and news around the league over the last four days to see this.  The meetings get the most attention during the off-season, and because of that, they often receive more focus than they should, at least in terms of grading the off-season moves. The Pirates were busy during the meetings, adding left handed pitcher...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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Matt Diaz Contract Information

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Matt Diaz to a two year deal last night, and today we learned that the deal is for $4.25 M, with no option years.  Still no word on the yearly breakdown, but my guess would be $2 M a year, and a $250 K signing bonus.  I’ll update this post when the yearly breakdowns are announced.  I project the Pirates’ payroll to be just under $37 M after the addition. Jayson Stark also tweets that Diaz...

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