Pirates agree to terms with Diaz
The Pirates appear to have landed the right-handed hitting outfielder they coveted, as an industry source confirmed late Tuesday that free agent outfielder Matt Diaz has come to a two-year agreement with the club. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
The Pirates have not confirmed the deal or commented on the reports. Diaz met with new Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Monday night and said he came away impressed.
Diaz drew the interest of a number of clubs after being non-tendered by the Braves last week. He hit .250 playing part time for the Braves last season, one year after batting .313 in 125 games.
The Pirates have been looking for someone who can be a threat against left-handed pitching, and Diaz is exactly that. He batted. 273 against lefties last season and is a career .335 hitter against southpaws.
Diaz played primarily in left while with Atlanta, but his fit with the Pirates would be in right. He has played 78 career games as a right fielder and batted .305 in his five-year stay with Atlanta.
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