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Sliding Into Home:
From Mark Feinsand:The Yankees’ search for a righthanded-hitting outfielder may not be over, but they took a step in the right direction Wednesday night with the signing of veteran Matt Diaz.
Diaz, who has spent his 10-year career battering lefthanded pitching, inked a minor-league deal with the Bombers that includes an invitation to spring training.
If Diaz makes the club, he'll earn $1.2 million. He can earn up to $800,000 more in incentives based on at-bats.
“I’m healthy and I feel like I can go to camp and show what I can do,” said Diaz, who played only 51 games in 2012 after undergoing midseason thumb surgery. “If I can go and do what I do, which is hit lefties and take tough at-bats against them, that’s what the Yankees need and want. It will be a good fit.”
Diaz grew up in Lakeland, Fla., where his father used to lead team chapel services for the Tigers during spring training. Diaz became a big fan of Matt Nokes, so when the catcher was traded to the Yankees in 1990, Diaz switched allegiances and became a Yankees fan.
“My dream in life as a kid was to play for the Yankees,” Diaz said.In 2012, Diaz hit .222/.280/.333 in 51 games for Atlanta.
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With the year 2013 just days away, the question on many fans minds is how do the New York Yankees look heading into the New Year?
Here is how the 2013 Opening Day roster looks as of today, I included each players stats from 2012 season or their last full healthy season:
Please note that each table’s title is underneath it.
The New York Yankees, needing a right-handed hitting outfielder, identified one potential solution Wednesday but are still looking for others.
The team agreed to terms with Matt Diaz on a minor league contract, according to a source. Diaz, 34, will receive an invitation to major league spring training.
Last season, in 51 games with the Atlanta Braves, Diaz hit .222 with two home...
MLB.com reports that CC Sabathia, the American Leagues' 2007 Cy Young Award Winner and current New York Yankee ace, is due to start throwing again following his October elbow surgery.
A bone spur in his pitching elbow hampered Sabathia's 2012 season. The Vallejo, California native was forced to the disabled list in August when the elbow flared up, but was able...
The Rakuten Eagles plan to honor their one-year, $3.5 million deal with Andruw Jones, despite the outfielder's domestic battery charge. Jones, 35, was arrested Christmas morning at his home in an Atlanta suburb and accused of dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to kill her. A sheriff's report said he spent about seven hours in jail...
The New York Yankees have signed outfielder Matt Diaz to a minor league deal. Diaz spent last season with the Braves but was limited to 51 games.
In New York, Diaz figures to be used against left-handed pitching. Diaz is a career .324/.364/.498 hitting against southpaws.
Diaz, 34, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues. In addition to the Braves, Diaz has also played for...
Even after reaching an agreement with free agent Matt Diaz,
the New York Yankees still have interest in signing another outfielder and are
continuing to target Scott Hairston, according to Kevin Kernan of The New York
The Yankees still have an interest in signing another
outfielder and remain interested in Scott Hairston.
At this point the Yankees have...
The New York Yankees are still interested in Scott Hairston. Hairston spent the last two seasons with the Mets. Matt Diaz was signed to a minor league deal two days ago but [...]
As you’d expect, New York Yankees hats, once again, led all sports teams in robbery gear during 2012. In 2010, the New York Times reported about how crime blotters were littered with Yankees hat criminals: “A curious phenomenon has emerged at the intersection of fashion, sports and crime: dozens of men and women who have robbed, beaten, stabbed and shot at their fellow New Yorkers...
I wonder why Alex Rodriguez deleted this photo from his facebook page with the description: “Captain Rodriguez.” A-Rod, who is at the wheel of the boat with Torrie Wilson, is spending his holiday creating good memories which he didn’t create for us in the playoffs.[Deadspin]
“They call me Captain Rodriguez” is Alex Rodriguez posted on Facebook along with a photo of himself and Torrie Wilson on a boat in Miami.
Rodriguez will miss the start of the baseball season but Yankee fans are not to worry their ‘Captain’ Derek Jeter is expected to be ready.
The current poll on this site focuses on who will be our catcher in 2013.Given the choices, I think we should go without one. I mean, seriously, with those choices there is no choice.Stick another old guy in the outfield and just deal with wild pitches when men are on base. Maybe Andruw Jones will be freed from his contract in Japan, and he can come back as a short left center...