New York Yankees: Matt Diaz Will Give Yankees a Good Right-Handed Alternative

December 27, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports recently reported that Matt Diaz has signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.

The deal could potentially be worth up to $1.2 million should Diaz reach the major leagues, with a chance to earn an additional $800,000 in incentives.  

The 34-year-old Diaz has been suffering from recurring thumb issues since 2010, but according to his agents at Reynolds Sports Management, the outfielder’s injury problems are a thing of the past.  

Prior to the 2010 season, Diaz was a solid contributor, hitting .313 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI in 371 at-bats in 2009, .338 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 2007 and .327 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 297 at-bats in 2006—with only one off year in 2008 where he hit only .244.

Diaz is also a career .324 hitter against left-handed pitchers with an on-base percentage of .364.  

Though signing the right-handed Diaz gives the Yankees a much-needed alternative in a left-handed heavy outfield, the Yankees won’t likely end their search for another right-handed hitting outfield option.

However, if he does make the team, he would be a nice right-handed alternative for manager Joe Girardi to left-handed hitting outfielders Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki.  

What do you think—will he stay injury free and make the team?

Read more New York Yankees news on BleacherReport.com

readers comments

Yankee Tickets

Yankee Tickets

Shop Yankee

Shop Yankee