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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees To Sign Matt Diaz

The Yankees have agreed to terms with Matt Diaz on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).  Feinsand tipped the signing earlier this week when he noted that the outfielder would be a potential fit for the Bombers.

Eh.  Diaz hasn’t been good since 2009, and CAIRO projects him as worse than replacement level in LF.

% PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO GDP HBP AVG OBP SLG wOBA BR BRAR
80% 347 316 41 89 22 3 11 46 7 0 28 59 7 7 .283 .359 .469 .364 51 11
65% 307 280 33 75 17 2 8 38 5 1 23 57 8 5 .267 .333 .427 .334 39 3
Baseline 267 243 26 61 13 1 6 30 4 2 18 53 8 3 .251 .307 .384 .304 28 -3
35% 240 219 21 51 10 0 4 25 2 2 14 51 9 2 .235 .281 .342 .275 20 -8
20% 214 195 17 43 8 0 3 20 1 2 11 48 9 1 .219 .255 .299 .245 13 -12

BR: Linear weights batting runs
BRAR: BR above replacement level, adjusted for position
wOBA: Weighted on-base average

He does have a pretty good career split vs. LHP, and here are his wOBA platoon split projections.

% wOBA vs L wOBA vs R
80% .383 .344
65% .352 .316
Baseline .321 .288
35% .290 .260
20% .258 .232

He’s battled injuries the last few years so maybe good health and a disgraceful bandbox will help him out.  It worked for Eric Chavez.

It’s a minor league deal so it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on him I guess.  He projects as a slightly below average defender in LF and RF and can’t play CF, but the Yankees do have three or four (if they keep Chris Dickerson) OF who can play CF so that’s not really an issue.

--Posted at 7:24 pm by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)

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Supposedly he’s been fighting a nagging thumb injury the last few years and is now in… the best… shape… of… his… life!!!

Apparently replacement level is out of their price range now.

Matt Diaz has a cool name. So there’s that.

[3] Just as long as Terry Benedict isn’t looking for him.

Matt Diaz has provoked a collective yawn

If a player has been affected by injuries for the last few years, CAIRO may not reflect his full variability. If Diaz’s thumb continues to bother him (most likely), then Diaz probably won’t even reach his baseline. OTOH if his thumb is fully healed, he could be much better than baseline.

It is true that many things might happen.

[7] As a determinist I think only one thing can happen.

[8]
Even for you, though, it’s almost certainly going to look like a large number of “one thing"s. The typical Hume-based description of perceived reality already breaks it up this way when it describes pre-interpreted sensory input as “one thing after another”. This should apply to the “Matt Diaz” segment of perceived reality, too.

[8] As a quantum physicist, all those things are happening but the act of us watching him forces nature to decide.  So if he gets injured I hope you are happy.

[3] I don’t want to pronounce his name the way he pronounces it.  It reminds me of Marge’s new friends at the Springfield Country Club, back when she was in her pink Chanel dress phase.

The Sox made a goofy trade with the Pirates for closer Joel Hanrahan. Joel’s FIP was 4.45 last season…and he’s 31…just one year of team control left…did I mention he’s a relief pitcher…he was worth 2 WAR that one time…Boston is sending 4 players over…and I’ve heard of all 4 of them.

In Ben we trust!

Wow. I think that trade is exactly what I’m scared of if Cashman were to be replaced.

[13] Your use of “if” betrays your non-determinism. HERETIC !!

[12] The Red Sox now have a complete set of closers. No one can compete!

They’ve moved from a model with 13 ace starters to 13 ace closers.

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