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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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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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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