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Braves welcome back Diaz

Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:56 am
Matt DiazBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Braves added a familiar face -- getting outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pirates along with cash in exchange for a player to be named. Diaz will be back with the Braves in time for tonight's game with the Nationals.

Diaz, 31, spent 2006-2010 with Atlanta before signing as a free agent with Pittsburgh in December to a two-year contract.

Diaz is hitting .259/.303/.324 this season in 100 games -- below his career totals of .296/.344/.440. However, the Braves aren't hiding the reason they got him, pointing out his average against left-handers in the release announcing the trade. As a team, the Braves are hitting .227/.296/.353 against left-handers, while Diaz is hitting .295/.342/.362 against lefties.

Diaz has also been hitting better lately against lefties, hitting .388 (19 for 49) since June 15, with a .436 on-base percentage.

The Braves are pretty set with their outfield of Jason Heyward, Michael Bourn and Jose Constanza, but can use Diaz in place of Heyward against lefties (Heyward is hitting just .188/.271/.313 against left-handed pitchers) and then off the bench, where he's fourth on the Braves' all-time list for pinch hits with 39.

The Pirates also sent outfielder John Bowker to the Phillies earlier in the day in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

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Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:27 pm

Braves welcome back Diaz

Welcome home Matty!!!!
;  If freddy has nay brains this guy will be the first pinch hitter off the bench, he did a wonderfull job for us for four years, he is just not an every day player, but man, he can hit, and I htink he will, this is a wonderfull move for the braves. Of course now Freddy needs to learn to utilize him in the right spots but maybe Bobby is in the background pulling some strings????????
we can only hope....

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:21 pm

Braves welcome back Diaz

The Braves welcome him back, the Bucs say "Good Ridence"...The only problem with this is that the Bucs couldn't convince the Braves to take Steve Pierce too, free of charge...I would have helped pack his bags for him, taken him to the airport, cooked him dinner and sent him on his way...I was on board with the free agent signing of Diaz back in the winter, but man-o-man, have times a changed!...Diaz has been a HUGE disappointment and should be convicted of "stealing" all the money payed to him this year!...What a "bust"!...And this time, it is not about the Bucs mis-managing...Diaz was given every chance to succeed...Most of the time in watching him in the batter's box, my back hurt, the way he contorted his in settling into the box...At last check, there was still one seat left on the red-eye to Atlanta?...I can get Steve to the airport-just say the word!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:03 pm

Braves welcome back Diaz

As a bucco fan, these two moves might be the best I've seen in a long time. Good-bye Diaz, you will not be missed.  Good-bye Bowker, now Philly owes us a couple boxes of balls.  This news is is a sure sign the bucs are heading in the right direction.  They've had a good run for 1/2 the season, maybe next year they can put it all together for the duration.  Another step closer.

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:15 pm

Braves welcome back Diaz

With Chipper able to stay off the DL for the next month, the Braves outfield is a little more crowded when you put Martin Prado in the outfield mix.  There is already a platooning of Constanza and Heyward. Freddy Gonzalez...the juggler.  We'll see if Constanza gets back on the hitting track.  All three are pretty good defensively so there is no strong upside there.  It sure gives you some pinch hitting flexibility.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:54 pm

Braves welcome back Diaz

All other factors being equal, I'd rather have had Diaz for the Phillies than Bowker.  But after recent developments--the acquisition of Pence, the improved performance of Mayberry--I guess we're pretty well set with righthanded-hitting outfielders.   never thought I'd hear myself saying that, as recently as six weeks ago.  As far as lefthanders go, Bowker may help a bit, though I'd rather have another one in the bullpen instead.  Still may by tonight, who knows.

Anyway, with Diaz back with the Braves, it will seem like old times when we get together next week!

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