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Matt Diaz | Outfielder

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/3/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida State
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 17 (0) / TB

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Matt Diaz has announced his retirement from baseball.
Diaz revealed the news on his blog, saying that he's "not been as driven" as he has been in the past and is "ready to be daddy." Known for his ability to mash left-handers, Diaz finishes his career with a .322/.363/.495 batting line versus southpaws. He really hadn't hit much against lefties or righties in recent years, though, and is ready to hang up his cleats a month shy of his 36th birthday. Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:03:00 PM

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Joe Frisaro of is reporting that Matt Diaz is at the Winter Meetings in search of landing a role with a big league team.

Diaz underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee back in May and was considering retirement. He was able to play in only ten games in 2013 with the Marlins, logging just three hits in 18 at-bats. In the past, he has hit lefties well, so he could be a cheap fit for a team looking to bolster their bench. He will be 36 years old when the season begins.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:19:00 PM

Marlins transferred OF Matt Diaz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Diaz, currently sidelined with a left knee contusion, will not be eligible to return until after the All-Star break.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 04:42:00 PM

Marlins placed OF Matt Diaz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a left knee contusion.

Diaz should be ready to return to the active roster as soon as he's eligible. The 35-year-old is batting just .167/.211/.222 in 10 games this season with the Marlins.
Mon, May 20, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond plans to give Matt Diaz playing time in left field and at first base against left-handed pitching.

Diaz hasn't been nearly as good against southpaws in recent seasons, but the Marlins don't have many options. He's never started a game at first base in the majors but has played there recently at Triple-A. Diaz might be worth an add in deep NL-only leagues.
Thu, May 2, 2013 09:31:00 PM

Marlins recalled OF Matt Diaz from Triple-A New Orleans.

Diaz batted just .222/.280/.333 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 118 plate appearances last season for the Braves. He is doubtful to make a big impact in Miami.
Thu, May 2, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Matt Diaz is expected to be called up prior to Thursday's game.

Diaz has hit .341/.385/.459 with a couple homers at Triple-A for the Marlins. He figures to see some starts against left-handed pitching.
Wed, May 1, 2013 06:55:00 PM

Marlins signed OF Matt Diaz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Diaz was released by the Yankees last week, but it didn't take him long to find a job. Though he hasn't fared as well against them in recent seasons, Diaz is a career .324/.364/.498 hitter against left-handed pitching and could eventually wind up in a platoon with Juan Pierre in left field.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Yankees released OF Matt Diaz.

The writing was on the wall following the additions of Ben Francisco and Brennan Boesch. Diaz, 35, batted just .192/.250/.192 with no extra-base hits in Grapefruit League play to seal his fate. The veteran outfielder should be able to catch on with another club soon.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 09:53:00 AM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees have signed Matt Diaz to a minor league contract.

He's been given an invitation to spring training and will stand a good chance at earning an Opening Day roster spot as a platoon mate with Ichiro Suzuki in right field. If he does make the team, he'll earn $1.2 million plus a possible $800,000 more in incentives. Diaz was limited to 51 games in 2012 and is coming off thumb surgery, but he's a career .324/.364/.498 hitter against left-handed pitching. It could wind up being a nice little risk-free signing for the Bombers.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 06:08:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News speculates that Matt Diaz could be a potential fit for the Yankees.

The Yankees are targeting a right-handed outfielder to platoon with Ichiro Suzuki, and could have an interest in Diaz, who has a career .324/.364/.498 batting line against left-handed pitching. After being limited to 51 games in 2012, Diaz claims to be completely recovered from August thumb surgery. He seems likely to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:59:00 PM

Matt Diaz has opted to undergo surgery on his right thumb Wednesday, which is expected to end his season.

Diaz made the decision Monday after he failed to make progress with rest and antibiotics. He's expected to need around two months until he can even swing the bat at full speed, so he's all but finished for 2012. The 34-year-old is due to hit free agency this offseason.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 12:32:00 AM

Matt Diaz was fit for a new cast Thursday and will be examined again by hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie on Monday.

Diaz would like to avoid season-ending surgery on the thumb, but it's possible that might end up being the course of action. He received a second opinion on the thumb recently from Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland. "He agreed with his assessment in the fact that if it doesn’t calm down on its own there’s no sense in waiting around months to go ahead and get (surgery)," Diaz said. "We should know something in the next week."
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 08:49:00 AM

Matt Diaz underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed bone chips in his injured right thumb.

The injury is apparently a recurring thumb issue from two years ago. Diaz is going to try to avoid surgery, but his return to the Braves isn't considered imminent. If he opts for surgery, he would miss the remainder of the season.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 11:12:00 AM

Braves placed OF Matt Diaz on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion.

Diaz was hitting just .222 as a part-time player with the Braves. Jonny Venters is being activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 10:14:00 AM

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