PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 07: Matt Diaz #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the wall while misplaying a fly ball in right field against the San Diego Padres during the game on August 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Hey, when a contender makes a trade it's news. Even if there's only one player involved (so far) and he's not likely to see much playing time ...
Braves have completed a 2-player trade. Braves get Matt Diaz and cash from the Pirates for a player to be named later. Welcome back Matt!
Welcome back, indeed. After coming up with the Rays and playing briefly with the Royals, Diaz made his bones with the Braves, hitting .305/.353/.461 over five seasons in Atlanta. Diaz's work there, and especially his work against left-handed pitchers, was enough to get the outfielder a two-year, $4.25-million contract with the Pirates.
But as many things as went well for the Pirates in 2011 -- until August, anyway -- Diaz wasn't one of them. Somewhat bizarrely, Diaz hasn't hit a single home run in 216 at-bats. Still, his successes must still seem fresh among Braves management. The club doesn't really need another outfielder, but Diaz will team with Eric Hinske to give the club a sort of veteran pinch-hitting platoon. Don't be surprised if Diaz winds up on the postseason roster. And who knows, maybe he'll even hit a home run this year.