Cardinals Among Several Clubs Talking With Aledmys Diaz

THURSDAY, 8:58pm: Add the A's to the list of teams with interest in Diaz, per the latest from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser writes that Oakland had interest in Diaz last year and has maintained that interest, with one official telling her, "We've gathered all the information we can." 
The A's don't plan on holding a tryout for Diaz, as the Cardinals did.

Slusser points out that the need for Oakland may not be as strong as it is for other clubs due to the fact that top prospect Addison Russell is a shortstop by trade, and current big league shortstop Jed Lowrie is one of the team's better hitters. Of course, Lowrie is eligible for free agency at season's end.

1:32pm: The Blue Jays worked out Diaz last week, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, though he notes that there was no indication that the sides were approaching a deal. 

Though they may appear at first glance to be a potential landing spot, the Mets are not in on Diaz, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo via Twitter.

12:32pm: Diaz and fellow Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne (a right-handed pitcher) continue to make their way around Florida for various showcases, tweets Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. (They had previously appeared in Arizona for teams that hold their springs there.) The pair is expected to appear in front of the Yankees today, says Sanchez.

8:57am: Other teams participating in talks with Diaz include the Giants, Blue Jays, Yankees, Braves, Phillies, and Mariners, Strauss reports in a follow-up piece.

Torres indicated that his client would focus his decision on maximizing dollars and opportunity. "We know he's going to be in the major leagues," said Torres. "It's only a matter of time. His preference is shortstop, but he's played second and third and I'm sure would be comfortable playing whatever position is necessary."

WEDNESDAY: After a private workout in front of top Cardinals brass today, Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz is expected to receive an offer from St. Louis within 24 hours, reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Diaz, who is represented by Jaime Torres, has drawn wide interest around the league, but Strauss says that the Cardinals are believed to be among the four clubs that have shown the most interest.

Echoing an earlier report from MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo (via Twitter) that a signing could come in two or three days, Torres told Strauss that his client is "prepared to move very quickly" in reaching agreement. Diaz is eligible to receive formal offers starting today. Though he is awaiting authorization to play in full-squad spring outings, Diaz has been cleared to play in B games.

The 23-year-old worked out only at short for the Cards, though he has performed on both sides of the bag in front of other clubs. "He's a player we've had interest in for awhile and the next natural step in the process was to put him in front of our people in this setting," said GM John Mozeliak. Of course, the club has already made two significant additions to its infield, signing Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis to join a middle-infield mix that already included Kolten Wong and Pete Kozma.


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127 Comments on "Cardinals Among Several Clubs Talking With Aledmys Diaz"


UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure there will be NO shortage of offers for Diaz to choose from.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

I can see the Jays, Yankees, and Dodgers being strong competition

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees have holes at 2B and SS. I can’t imagine them being outbid.

UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 6 months ago

I think the only thing that makes me think yoy could be right is that may be the reason the Yankees have shown so little interest in Drew lately.

frogbogg
1 year 6 months ago

If they have a hole at SS next season, then they have one at 3B, 7th inning & 8th inning relievers, #2 starter, LF, closer and DH. Did I miss anything?

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Arod will be back, and minor leaguers can definitely fill a couple bullpen roles. The Yankees don’t have one DH in particular and it isn’t necessary to go out and get one in free agency, its been a rotating position for many teams. If Pineda, Phelps, or Warren builds his innings this year and at least be a solid pitcher he could be the fourth starter next year and they might not even have to get one via FA. Sabathia, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda, Banuelos/Turley/Ramirez/Warren/Nuno/Phelps, etc. Not to mention the fact that Robertson and Gardner could easily be extended/resigned. Its not uncommon for a team to have holes entering an offseason, don’t be so pessimistic.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Excellent summary except for Robertson and Gardner being “easily” resigned/extended. I don’t know how easy it will be. Especially if Gardner wants an Ellsbury-like deal.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Excellent summary except for Robertson and Gardner being “easily” resigned/extended. I don’t know how easy it will be. Especially if Gardner wants an Ellsbury-like deal.

UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 6 months ago

I think you can also add a couple more of the West clubs like the Giants and maybe even the Mariners to the list.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Mariners have Adam Miller and Robinson Cano. Doesn’t seem to be a position of need for them.

CrustyJuggler
1 year 6 months ago

*Brad Miller

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Brad, thank you. I don’t know why I thought it was Adam. And Dustin Ackley to back up second, although I could see him being used as a trade bait. Could we get him if we return Ichiro because I’d sign on the dotted line for that?

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Brad, thank you. I don’t know why I thought it was Adam. And Dustin Ackley to back up second, although I could see him being used as a trade bait. Could we get him if we return Ichiro because I’d sign on the dotted line for that?

CrustyJuggler
1 year 6 months ago

*Brad Miller

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Mariners have Adam Miller and Robinson Cano. Doesn’t seem to be a position of need for them.

BLEEDBLUE420
1 year 6 months ago

the Dodgers have already signed their Cuban ss/2B. .

R David S
1 year 6 months ago

Cardinals are so under budget I’m not surprised they would pay big money for a player who may spend the majority of the season in the minor leagues.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

I doubt they get into a bidding war for any player… Not their style…. Unless they already have the inside track I doubt this is more than due diligence by Cards.

R David S
1 year 6 months ago

Submitting an official offer is far more than just due diligence. I imagine the front office likes the idea of a 25 year old Diaz taking over SS in 2016 from a 33 year old Peralta, especially with his back loaded, easy-to-move contract by then (2 years, 22.5M)

1cardinals1
1 year 6 months ago

You mean front-loaded.

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

I think they proved with the Peralta signing they are willing to pay when it’s needed. Peralta is probably a 2 year stop-gap. If they like Diaz at SS, I think they will be willing to throw a competitive offer at him.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

So the Cards are gonna throw big money at a kid and then sit him on bench or stash him in minors for 2 seasons? Makes zero sense to me.

Conquerbeard
1 year 6 months ago

If they feel as though he’s a worthwhile investment, it makes perfect sense. I’m not a Cards fan, but at this point I think it’s foolish to question their decision-making.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

He could make it to MLB midseason , depending on how quickly he adjusts.

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

Peralta can play 3rd, Matt Carpenter can play 2nd. There would be plenty of chances for him to get in the line-up. If you can’t tell, the Cardinals have no problem with having plenty of depth.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

Dont get me wrong i want the Cards to build as much depth as possible. I just dont think Diaz will be a Cardinal.

Triteon
1 year 6 months ago

Back before the slotting days, the Cards did just that with several draftees (JD Drew comes to mind), though no — they haven’t made a move like this recently.

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 months ago

Diaz is still probably at least a year off. He could be a starting SS this season but he’s more likely to be like Puig and get called up midseason

Tommy Hallum
1 year 6 months ago

If he can play short, the Yankees will bid high. He could play part-time this year and possibly full-time next year. The Yankees can offer far more playing time than the Cards.

jmac67
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think the Cards are worrying about the cost right now as they are in a good spot payroll wise. Having him spend a year in the minors would work They have a SS now and the position to keep an eye on is 2B. If Wong works out they can see about having Diaz break in slow next year with a platoon and deal Peralta after next year. His contract isn’t that bad that it can’t be dealt. The Cards are in a great place with young talent and no great immediate needs.

BrettLawriesnewesttattoo
1 year 6 months ago

If only to assuage the neurotic hand-wringing of Jays fans like me, I hope Alex Anthopolous signs Diaz.

rikersbeard
1 year 6 months ago

They have gotten close to unbearable since the UJ signing.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Nobody will come to the Jays so long as Gibbons is manager. Might as well have Bobby V as your manager.

rikersbeard
1 year 6 months ago

And that claim is based on what? Pretty sure players report that they really enjoy playing for him.

ToTheMaxy
1 year 6 months ago

What report is that exactly?

ToTheMaxy
1 year 6 months ago

What report is that exactly?

rikersbeard
1 year 6 months ago

Really hope the Blue Jays come out very strong for Diaz. They really need some middle infield depth. He is a young, cost controlled player.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

How is he cost controlled when its going to cost premium money to sign? With Jeter retiring the Yanks are going to be on the prowl for a SS.. Money is no issue there. Will the Dodgers attempt to scoop up all the cuban talent out there?

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

He is going to be a 2B in MLB

Benjamin Markham
1 year 6 months ago

Why? He has a cannon for an arm and his weakness is his range.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

That’s why they said he is expected to move to second because of his lack of range at SS

rikersbeard
1 year 6 months ago

I meant it in the following sense: 1) you are not paying for past production; 2) you are paying to get his prime years; 3) he is not going to cost as much as a premium player in FA.

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

True bit a premium FA is proven player. Not a knock on Diaz but he hasnt proven anything yet.

Benjamin Markham
1 year 6 months ago

Money obviously is an issue. They knew they would have a huge gaping hole at 2B and still let Cano leave. The Yankees still spend a lot but they’re not the only team that does it anymore.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

The thing is, when the Yankees want a player badly enough. They will overpay and get him. Not many teams have enough money to compete with a desperate Yankee team, but I’m not even sure they really want Diaz. They did not clearly did not want Cano badly enough and offered a higher AAV than the Mariners, so they lost him on years. They spent half a billion dollars on players after Cano left so money is not an issue for them.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

The thing is, when the Yankees want a player badly enough. They will overpay and get him. Not many teams have enough money to compete with a desperate Yankee team, but I’m not even sure they really want Diaz. They did not clearly did not want Cano badly enough and offered a higher AAV than the Mariners, so they lost him on years. They spent half a billion dollars on players after Cano left so money is not an issue for them.

Mike Query
1 year 6 months ago

I dont think you know how this works

Guest
1 year 6 months ago

Cbs sports was reporting he was close to signing with the cubs earlier today.

Gnotorious
1 year 6 months ago

earlier today c b s sports was reporting he was close to signing with the cubs.

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Hard to imagine a kid like that choosing the Cards, who JUST signed a SS for several years. And, say, turning down the Yankees …

Jacob Teague
1 year 6 months ago

Hard to imagine a kid choosing an organization like the Cards? Who will always be competing with a chance to win the WS every year?

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

I meant because they don’t have an opening on the ML roster. Obviously. Sheesh, Cardinal fans are so sensitive …

Teufelshunde4
1 year 6 months ago

It didnt read to good lol.

Mike Query
1 year 6 months ago

They really are.

Mike Query
1 year 6 months ago

They really are.

Drew M
1 year 6 months ago

I dont think he meant it like that. Diaz is going to want to play in the majors asap, and the Cardinals are pretty good on SS and 2B.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

He is from Cuba. He probably knows very little about each MLB team even the Yankees. They aren’t allowed to watch things like baseball or even talk about it. It wouldn’t surprise me if he even went to a losing team simply because they offered the most money

Jacob Teague
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure his agent gave him a good idea of which teams will give him a chance to be on a competitive team.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

There are a lot of teams that have a chance to be competitive, but in the end, it will likely come down to who offers the most.

Jacob Teague
1 year 6 months ago

And I’m sure the Cardinal’s will offer more than a fair amount

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

So will the Yankees, Blue Jays, and probably even the Dodgers

Patrick Beliveau
1 year 6 months ago

Have you been to Cuba? They know a lot about the strong teams/big name players in the MLB. I go down every year to relax and watch some baseball and every year I sit in a crowd of people with my Jays hat on and they start the baseball conversation… They are very knowledgeable about the game.

Just because the American government will have you believe Cuba is evil and shut out from the rest of the world (like North Korea) that simply isnt the case.

Mike Query
1 year 6 months ago

Hes from Cuba, not Mars. He knows who the Yankees are.

JamieFC
1 year 6 months ago

You seem to have an uninformed perception of Cuba. When was the last time you were there?

1 year 6 months ago

False. They absolutely know what is going on in America.

Infield Fly
1 year 6 months ago

They aren’t allowed to watch things like baseball or even talk about it.

I never heard anyone say that before. Anyway, bĂ©isbol is an absolute obsession among Cubans – no matter which side of the Caribbean you find yourself on. You go to games, you watch it, you talk about it constantly with your family, you argue about it in the park or on the corner with your neighbors and friends, etc. It is most definitely a national pastime and just about everyone tries to keep up with what’s going on with the sport in the big leagues. That is a lot of what fuels players’ desire to escape and play in the U.S.

Bob Cannell
1 year 6 months ago

They signed a SS on the wrong side of 30. He is a one year SS, then could slide to 2nd. The Cards had the money to burn this season and they did it.

cardinalsfan27
1 year 6 months ago

Peralta and Carpenter can play multiple positions so it’s not a stretch at all. Peralta is a 1-2 year plan at SS, nothing more.

ceraunograph
1 year 6 months ago

Truly baffles me that the Mets haven’t even pretended to be interested in him. I mean, it’s not like they badly need a young shortstop or anything…

rct
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed. Their closest SS prospect is Cecchini and he’s probably 2+ years away still.

rct
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed. Their closest SS prospect is Cecchini and he’s probably 2+ years away still.

David McCutcheon
1 year 6 months ago

Very interesting move, given the commitments made and projections aligning perfectly for the Cardinals. I reckon this would be a move both for depth, situational posturing, and as a fail safe in case Carpenter cannot repeat his success or Wong cannot find his own. Either way, I like it as a Cardinal fan.

jayson miller
1 year 6 months ago

hey billy beane,

jump into this mix, a russell and diaz future middle infield could be beastly. diaz gets reunited with his buddy cespedes for a couple seasons. Sogard is decent, but 2b is the one position A’s could use an upgrade

Freddie Morales
1 year 6 months ago

How can the mets not be seriously discussing signing Diaz. He’s a SS with power. I don’t care what his defense is like, he cannot be worse than Tejada. So unless they are serious about Flores going back to short, they cannot feel good about their depth.

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

I have been hoping for this signing from them for awhile. He’s their profile kind of player. And they don’t really get publicly involved in someone unless they intend to get him.

He’s a good fit.

driftcat28
1 year 6 months ago

He’ll be a Yankee. Can’t imagine them not going harder than everyone else after this guy.

CardsFanInChitown2
1 year 6 months ago

I sadly agree….. as a Cards fan I wish that weren’t true, but I just don’t see him not going to the Yankees.

rundmc1981
1 year 6 months ago

Steinbrenner has tightened the purse strings since Tanaka. There’s a chance if the bidding gets into a relative bidding war.

bobblehead
1 year 6 months ago

How are the Mets not in on this guy?!?!

Sonny Peyton
1 year 6 months ago

get him, mo

Cory Jones
1 year 6 months ago

So IF the Cards sign him, where does he go? Double A, Triple A, where? I really don’t see him ready to play in spring training, unless he pulls a Yasiel Puig, and just goes crazy and somehow makes the team, which would be absolutely insane.

Tigers72
1 year 6 months ago

Is he the one who compares to Iglesias?

Benjamin Markham
1 year 6 months ago

Not really. His strength is his arm and there are some reservations about his range. Which is why I’m confused that so many people are suggesting he’ll play 2B, if he was going to move from SS then 3B makes much more sense given his profile.

Patrick Beliveau
1 year 6 months ago

that guy signed with the Dodgers.

Patrick Beliveau
1 year 6 months ago

that guy signed with the Dodgers.

PRS1
1 year 6 months ago

Enrique? I hope, I love that guy’s voice.

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

Even if the cards get him, and let’s just say he is mlb ready now.

He could platoon with carpenter at third, provide rest for Peralta at short, and he can play short and let Peralta give Holliday rest in left in his first year with the team.

If he’s productive, he will get playing time. Ellis won’t be back in 2015 probably. And Peralta will eventually need to move off short, and the cards don’t have a long term shortstop in the organization. Diaz probably needs a year in Memphis before really being a big impact player in 2015 at 24 years old.

The cards have the budget and potentially the available space for him….and they are obviously competitive.

Drew M
1 year 6 months ago

I doubt they would have him platoon with Carpenter. But i can see him filling in at SS, 3B, and 2B as necessary.

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

Carpenter will play everyday, but he could still get reps at second against lefties if Ellis isn’t producing and Diaz shows he is mlb ready. Carpenter clearly doesn’t need a platoon partner.

gson
1 year 6 months ago

If it’s the Cardinals and this guy is a shortstop.. disaster will surely ensue.. (read: The Cardinals and the shortstop position has been a historical black hole)

TheKingOfMacomb
1 year 6 months ago

A historical black hole? Garry Templeton, Ozzie Smith, Edgar Renteria… heck, even David Eckstein was adequate at the position. Even the shortstops that didn’t hit (Isturis, Ryan) played the position well. I’ll agree that there hasn’t been a shortstop in my memory in the last 10 years that has consistently been in the upper echelon of NL shortstops, but it’s an overstatement to describe the position as a black hole.

gson
1 year 6 months ago

Well.. I’ll give you Tempton.. he was the last Cardinals SS drafted..only 40 years ago. Ozzie?.. Padres.. Renteria? Marlins.. It’s not a slam against the Cardinals.. They do perhaps one of the best jobs of drafting and developing players…save for the SS position. Over the years, they’ve been beyond terrible at it.. Thoughts?

TheKingOfMacomb
1 year 6 months ago

There’s a difference between a MLB position being a black hole and the ability to have adequate player development at a position. I agree with you that St. Louis has not been successful at developing shortstops in house, but they’ve handled that by acquiring shortstops through trade and free agency. Let’s split the difference: player development at SS is a black hole, but actual production from the position at the MLB level is a mixed bag.

gson
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed… and was the intent and point of my posting..

PRS1
1 year 6 months ago

They did draft Jack Wilson, although traded him while he was in AAA, I think.

gson
1 year 6 months ago

Well.. I’ll give you Tempton.. he was the last Cardinals SS drafted..only 40 years ago. Ozzie?.. Padres.. Renteria? Marlins.. It’s not a slam against the Cardinals.. They do perhaps one of the best jobs of drafting and developing players…save for the SS position. Over the years, they’ve been beyond terrible at it.. Thoughts?

gson
1 year 6 months ago

If it’s the Cardinals and this guy is a shortstop.. disaster will surely ensue.. (read: The Cardinals and the shortstop position has been a historical black hole)