Díaz, 27, is a former top prospect from his early time in the Dodgers organization. The Cuban-born outfielder hit very well up through Double-A, leading to his inclusion in a 2018 deadline blockbuster. Los Angeles sent him to the Orioles as the headliner in the Manny Machado deal. Díaz entered the following season as Baltimore’s #1 prospect, in the estimation of Baseball America, which ranked him among the sport’s top 40 minor league talents overall.
The righty-hitting outfielder never built on his low minors success to become the player that many prospect evaluators envisioned. Díaz hit at a below-average level in Triple-A over parts of two seasons there. Baltimore called him to the majors at the very end of the 2022 season, but his only MLB experience consists of one game (in which he struck out in his only at-bat).
Díaz returned to the Dodger organization on a minor league deal last winter. Los Angeles assigned him back to Double-A Tulsa. Díaz had strong numbers there, hitting .278/.374/.484 with 16 home runs through 406 plate appearances. That came against generally younger competition but was enough to earn him another minor league deal this offseason. San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was in the Dodgers’ front office for a couple seasons while Díaz was beginning his pro career.