Braves Acquire Matt Diaz

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Matt Diaz is returning to the Braves, as the Pirates announced they've traded him to Atlanta for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Diaz fits the Braves' desire to add a right-handed hitting bench bat, and of course they had him in the organization from 2006-10 before non-tendering him last winter. 

Diaz, 33, is hitting .259/.303/.324 in 231 plate appearances for the Pirates this year while playing mostly right field.  He was signed to a two-year, $4.25MM deal in December, but hasn't shown the expected power production against left-handed pitchers.  David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes on Twitter that the Pirates are sending some cash to the Braves to offset Diaz's $2MM salary for 2012.  The Braves might not be done dealing, hears ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link).  

GMs Neal Huntington and Frank Wren have matched up on three prior trades according to our Transaction Tracker, most notably the June '09 deal that sent Nate McLouth to Atlanta.

ESPN's Buster Olney first reported the trade.  Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


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55 Comments on "Braves Acquire Matt Diaz"


Whitey_83
3 years 11 months ago

Nice. I always liked Matty.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 11 months ago

I think everyone did :)

TheIcemanCometh
3 years 11 months ago

Indeed

3 years 11 months ago

YES! Today is a good day!

lessick
3 years 11 months ago

I guess there is very little chance that the PTBNL is Nate McLouth.

Bo
3 years 11 months ago

That would contain way too much irony.

3 years 11 months ago

That would be hilarious and sad at the same time.

3 years 11 months ago

Hell yeah Diaz is back

TheLastPirateFan
3 years 11 months ago

Matt Diaz might be the worst player in the major leagues…he is so much worse than when you last had him. People throughout Pittsburgh are throwing parties today in celebration!

John Franco
3 years 11 months ago

I’m sure the Pirates didn’t want to pay him $2mil next year when they have similar-ish guys that are cheaper. Good move for both teams.

pirateswillwinin2013
3 years 11 months ago

Maybe he will actually hit a HR for you guys lol pathetic performance with is time with the Pirates.

Geaux_Braves
3 years 11 months ago

Matty was pretty decent at hitting some doubles while in Atlanta..that’s all we need.. I still wish we could add a true power bat like Soriano or Matsui. Chicago say they will eat a huge chunk of salary..

3 years 11 months ago

You are a bad Braves fan if you want Soriano. I wouldn’t even wish Soriano on the Red Sox if I was a Yankees fan.
-wtk

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Well…as a matter of fact…

3 years 11 months ago

You are a bad Braves fan if you want Soriano. I wouldn’t even wish Soriano on the Red Sox if I was a Yankees fan.
-wtk

Ian_Smell
3 years 11 months ago

YESYESYESYESYSYYESYSYESYESYEYSEYESYYES!

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Solid…
He can hit lefties, that’ll be useful for platooning with Heyward.
We’re pretty solid throughout all our positions now… as long as Chipper is healthy… but now we can play Matt in left and put Prado at third if need be.
Gonzalez… he’s… okay… I’ll live with him; good fielder + experience…

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Solid…
He can hit lefties, that’ll be useful for platooning with Heyward.
We’re pretty solid throughout all our positions now… as long as Chipper is healthy… but now we can play Matt in left and put Prado at third if need be.
Gonzalez… he’s… okay… I’ll live with him; good fielder + experience…

Antilirium
3 years 11 months ago

Now, go find Adam LaRoche.

Antilirium
3 years 11 months ago

Now, go find Adam LaRoche.

3 years 11 months ago

“#Braves
also receive some cash from Pirates to help offset remainder of Diaz’s
salary, which was $2 mill this season and $2 mill in 2012″ – DOB’s twitter

3 years 11 months ago

“#Braves
also receive some cash from Pirates to help offset remainder of Diaz’s
salary, which was $2 mill this season and $2 mill in 2012″ – DOB’s twitter

mgsports
3 years 11 months ago

Better yet Mike Gonzalez and the Phillies had a Chance to get him if he cleared Waviers so I guess Soriano then because he can play LF/SS/2B/CF and maybe 3B.

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
3 years 11 months ago

What!?  Soriano as in Alphonso Soriano “play LF/SS/2B/CF and maybe 3B”!?  That man can stand at those positions and make errors, but play? no his bat is not good enough to make up for his fielding.

CowboyJames
3 years 11 months ago

i hope that is sarcasm

Eduardo Medina
3 years 11 months ago

What a Story, I think I´m going to cry

Eduardo Medina
3 years 11 months ago

What a Story, I think I´m going to cry

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 11 months ago

Matt Diaz is fine but don’t we need a backup middle IF?  I’m not comfortable with Lugo nor Hicks, nor Brooks at second if that becomes necessary for some reason.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 11 months ago

You obviously didn’t read the entire story/the twitter link…

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 11 months ago

I did.  I know they’re still looking.

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 11 months ago

I did.  I know they’re still looking.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 11 months ago

You obviously didn’t read the entire story/the twitter link…

Brv Rocks
3 years 11 months ago

I agree.  They tried to get Jamey Carroll but evidently that fell through.  I wish they could get Omar back.

Brv Rocks
3 years 11 months ago

I agree.  They tried to get Jamey Carroll but evidently that fell through.  I wish they could get Omar back.

domaug
3 years 11 months ago

Braves, enjoy the trade.  hopefully he actually hits a few out of the park when back with Atlanta.  he had NO power in Pittsburgh.

Bucs
3 years 11 months ago

Lock it up, Diaz will go yard in his first Atlanta AB. He really seems like an awesome person and does a lot outside of the game. Just wish he would have hit better here lol.

Bucs
3 years 11 months ago

Lock it up, Diaz will go yard in his first Atlanta AB. He really seems like an awesome person and does a lot outside of the game. Just wish he would have hit better here lol.