Yankees ‘considering’ Matt Diaz

Cashman confirms that Pettitte is leaning towards retirement
Open Thread: Winter Meetings Day One

Via Ed Price, the Yankees are “considering” free agent outfielder Matt Diaz for a platoon (a.k.a. the Marcus Thames) role. There’s no indication that they’ve actually made him an offer or anything like that, just that he’s crossed their minds. Joe took a brief look at Diaz last week in his non-tender guide. Diaz would be a fine choice, thought it sounds like the competition will be stiff.

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Cashman confirms that Pettitte is leaning towards retirement
Open Thread: Winter Meetings Day One
  • Brooklyn Ed

    Could Diaz field??

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      He’s average to above average. Total Zone says he’s average (0), and his UZR/150 in LF is 2.8, while his UZR/150

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        *while his UZR/150 in RF is -9.8.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        oh okay; thanks.

    • Griffey’s Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

      average to below average according to Fangraphs

  • theyankeewarrior

    Once we sign Crawford, there will be no use for Diaz.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      We’re not gonna sign Crawford but OK.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        But we have to counter the Red Sox acquisition of Gonzalez!!!

        Seriously though, I’ve always liked Diaz, and if he could ever repeat his 2009 numbers (or at least get would be his 2009 numbers in less ABs, since this is Yankees we are talking about) it would be a fine choice.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      In the words of Christopher Duncan Turk:

      Not gonna happen. No, not gonna happen.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Oh, you’ll be there. You’ll all be there.

  • JerseyDutch

    Did Thames sign in Japan or is that still speculation?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Thames is still unsigned.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I have a feeling he’ll stay that way for a while.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          what would it cost to bring him back and pass on Diaz?

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I don’t know, but I’d rather take Diaz. He’s probably cheaper and isn’t a statue in LF, while providing similar lefty mashing production.

            • OldYanksFan

              To the tune of: .335 .373 .533 .907

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m a fan.

  • Max

    All aboard the Matt Diaz train!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I wonder if Diaz (and Hairston) will get anything more than platoon deals. I can see Hairston getting something more playing time inclusive because he can handle CF, but I won’t hold my breath.

  • China Joe

    If Pettitte and Lee fall through, can Diaz pitch with his left hand?

    • Granderslam

      Ha! Let’s hope so. But if we land land and Pettitte retires, I imagine that Cash will look at the trade market for a SP option. I like Nova, but I think he would fit perfectly in a long-man role. Plus, having him in the BP provides more depth.

    • vin

      No, but Swisher can.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    They’re also still interested in Russell Martin.

    • Granderslam

      Rosenthal: “#Yankees, #RedSox definitely on Russell Martin. #Mets, #BlueJays less interested. Martin prefers catching to super-utility.”

      But I think Matt Diaz would be a fine choice to complement the lefty outfielders. I would easily take either Diaz or Hairston honestly. Both viable backup options.

  • Mister Delaware

    “Matt Dee-az sucks. We need Crawford.”

  • icebird753

    They should bring up Melky Mesa. Nice name, and great power numbers.
    Sincerely, Stupid Yankees Fan

    Bring back Melky Cabrera! The guy was the Yankees’ next Bernie…you can’t teach being clutch, especially in October. The Yankees have no one clutch, especially not A-Roid. What a waste of money. A waste!
    Sincerely, moronic yet anonymous personality on WFAN

  • kenthadley

    how about Russell Martin as the starting catcher, and give him a few games in LF when letting Jesus or Frankie catch? Berra played both for many years.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Martin could only start if Montero’s not up to start the year. There’s not much of a point to Montero being on the team to start the year if he’s not going to catch. He needs to be given every opportunity to fail before being replaced fully behind the plate.

  • Poopy Pants

    Any chance A-Rod gets confused and tries to bang Matt Diaz?
    Can the Yankees trade for Orlando ‘Kate’ Hudson?

    • steve (different one)

      That would explain the restraining order that Cameron Maybin just took out…

  • Amol

    That last link seems to go to a Google Reader page that I’m not authorized to see.