BRADENTON, Fla. - Elias Diaz is going to get his shot in the majors this year.

The catcher has already spent time in the majors over the last three seasons, with the bulk of his 206 plate appearances coming last year as a depth option and an injury replacement throughout the year. He's now out of options, and will enter the 2018 season as the backup catcher to Francisco Cervelli. Considering Cervelli's history with injuries, Diaz might be looking at a lot of playing time for a backup, whether that's in the form of additional playing time to keep Cervelli fresh, or as a starter in the event of another injury.

This will give Diaz the biggest opportunity to show what he can do in the majors. To date, he looks like a solid backup, with defense leading the way, and with his bat lagging be...

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