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Matt Diaz PHBraves

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
15 2051 .290 .338 .429 98 4.3
Birth Date3-3-1978
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age41 years, 10 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2003 TBA 25 4 10 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .111 .200 .111 78 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0
2004 TBA 26 10 24 4 1 1 1 1 6 2 0 0 .190 .292 .476 83 -0.5 0.3 0.1 0.0
2005 KCA 27 34 97 25 4 2 1 4 15 2 0 1 .281 .323 .404 86 -1.5 0.2 -1.0 0.0
2006 ATL 28 124 322 97 15 4 7 11 49 9 5 5 .327 .364 .475 100 1.4 -1.3 12.2 2.0
2007 ATL 29 135 384 121 21 0 12 16 63 4 4 0 .338 .368 .497 116 9.4 -0.6 2.4 2.0
2008 ATL 30 43 140 33 2 0 2 3 32 1 4 2 .244 .264 .304 59 -6.6 1.4 2.0 0.0
2009 ATL 31 125 425 116 18 4 13 35 90 13 12 5 .313 .390 .488 118 10.5 -3.7 -9.4 0.6
2010 ATL 32 84 244 56 17 2 7 13 44 4 3 1 .250 .302 .438 92 -1.9 0.7 -0.3 0.4
2011 ATL 33 16 37 10 1 0 0 1 8 0 1 0 .286 .297 .314 75 -1.0 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1
2011 PIT 33 100 231 56 12 1 0 11 44 3 4 2 .259 .303 .324 74 -6.5 -0.8 -5.6 -0.9
2012 ATL 34 51 118 24 6 0 2 9 21 0 0 0 .222 .280 .333 83 -2.3 -1.6 3.6 0.2
2013 MIA 35 10 19 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .167 .211 .222 78 -0.4 0.0 1.9 0.2
Career7362051546981445106378383316.290.338.429980.4-5.85.64.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1999 HUD A- NYP 0 220 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 STP A+ FSL 0 414 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAK A+ CLF 131 571 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA SOU 122 499 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB AL 4 10 .303 .370 .486 .167 97 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 78 11 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.0
2003 ORL AA SOU 60 258 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DUR AAA INT 67 280 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TBA MLB AL 10 24 .277 .348 .433 .214 100 1.5 0.7 -0.3 83 28 0.1 0.3 -0.5 0.0
2004 DUR AAA INT 134 548 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB AL 34 97 .258 .317 .403 .324 104 1.7 2.8 -0.9 86 14 -1.0 0.2 -1.5 0.0
2005 WIC AA TXS 7 30 .270 .336 .412 .300 110 -0.6 0.9 -0.4 84 0 0.2 0.6 -0.4 0.1
2005 OMA AAA PCL 65 277 .277 .348 .439 .418 88 31.7 7.1 -1.8 160 0 4.2 -1.7 21.6 2.8
2006 ATL MLB NL 124 322 .268 .337 .434 .367 94 11 9.7 -2 100 9 12.2 -1.3 1.4 2.0
2007 ATL MLB NL 135 384 .261 .326 .417 .378 101 11.4 11.4 -2.4 116 8 2.4 -0.6 9.4 2.0
2008 ATL MLB NL 43 140 .268 .335 .423 .304 98 -7.7 4.0 -0.9 59 14 2.0 1.4 -6.6 0.0
2008 MIS AA SOU 7 28 .264 .347 .390 .250 97 -0.3 0.8 -0.2 83 0 0.0 -0.1 -0.8 0.0
2008 RIC AAA INT 4 13 .253 .307 .397 .222 86 -1.7 0.4 -0.2 65 0 -0.9 -0.7 -0.7 -0.2
2009 ATL MLB NL 125 425 .258 .330 .412 .383 95 21.1 12.2 -3.7 118 10 -9.4 -3.7 10.5 0.6
2010 ATL MLB NL 84 244 .259 .327 .409 .282 92 3.9 6.7 -1.4 92 15 -0.3 0.7 -1.9 0.4
2010 GWN AAA INT 3 12 .250 .311 .399 .333 120 -1 0.4 -0.1 76 0 -0.3 0.3 -0.3 0.0
2011 ATL MLB NL 16 37 .239 .303 .375 .357 95 -1.9 1.0 -0.3 75 11 -0.4 -0.3 -1.0 -0.1
2011 PIT MLB NL 100 231 .253 .319 .393 .324 97 -6.7 6.2 -1.7 74 10 -5.6 -0.8 -6.5 -0.9
2012 ATL MLB NL 51 118 .252 .312 .397 .256 100 -4.1 3.2 -0.7 83 14 3.6 -1.6 -2.3 0.2
2013 MIA MLB NL 10 19 .246 .306 .374 .200 98 -1.9 0.5 -0.1 78 14 1.9 0.0 -0.4 0.2
2013 NWO AAA PCL 24 91 .257 .328 .388 .355 85 1.8 2.6 -1.1 131 0 1.8 -2.4 2.2 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1999 HUD A- NYP 220 208 22 51 15 2 1 73 20 6 43 6 2 .245 .286 .351 .106 0 0
2000 STP A+ FSL 414 392 37 106 21 3 6 151 53 11 54 2 3 .270 .309 .385 .115 0 0
2001 BAK A+ CLF 571 524 79 172 40 2 17 267 81 24 73 11 5 .328 .371 .510 .181 4 4
2002 ORL AA SOU 499 449 71 123 28 1 10 183 50 34 72 31 9 .274 .337 .408 .134 3 3
2003 DUR AAA INT 280 253 35 83 18 3 8 131 45 16 45 6 2 .328 .386 .518 .190 0 0
2003 ORL AA SOU 258 227 32 87 21 0 5 123 41 19 24 9 5 .383 .447 .542 .159 1 1
2003 TBA MLB AL 10 9 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 .111 .200 .111 .000 0 0
2004 DUR AAA INT 548 503 81 167 47 5 21 287 93 26 96 15 4 .332 .379 .571 .239 1 1
2004 TBA MLB AL 24 21 3 4 1 1 1 10 3 1 6 0 0 .190 .292 .476 .286 0 0
2005 OMA AAA PCL 277 259 48 96 22 4 14 168 56 12 49 10 3 .371 .409 .649 .278 0 0
2005 KCA MLB AL 97 89 7 25 4 2 1 36 9 4 15 0 1 .281 .323 .404 .124 1 1
2005 WIC AA TXS 30 26 6 7 0 0 1 10 6 3 5 1 0 .269 .345 .385 .115 0 0
2006 ATL MLB NL 322 297 37 97 15 4 7 141 32 11 49 5 5 .327 .364 .475 .148 4 1
2007 ATL MLB NL 384 358 44 121 21 0 12 178 45 16 63 4 0 .338 .368 .497 .159 5 1
2008 MIS AA SOU 28 26 5 6 0 0 1 9 4 2 5 1 0 .231 .286 .346 .115 0 0
2008 ATL MLB NL 140 135 9 33 2 0 2 41 14 3 32 4 2 .244 .264 .304 .059 1 0
2008 RIC AAA INT 13 12 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 0 0 .167 .231 .167 .000 0 0
2009 ATL MLB NL 425 371 56 116 18 4 13 181 58 35 90 12 5 .313 .390 .488 .175 1 5
2010 ATL MLB NL 244 224 27 56 17 2 7 98 31 13 44 3 1 .250 .302 .438 .188 1 2
2010 GWN AAA INT 12 12 2 3 1 0 0 4 3 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .333 .083 0 0
2011 ATL MLB NL 37 35 2 10 1 0 0 11 1 1 8 1 0 .286 .297 .314 .029 1 0
2011 PIT MLB NL 231 216 14 56 12 1 0 70 19 11 44 4 2 .259 .303 .324 .065 1 0
2012 ATL MLB NL 118 108 10 24 6 0 2 36 13 9 21 0 0 .222 .280 .333 .111 1 0
2013 NWO AAA PCL 91 85 8 29 4 0 2 39 10 6 7 6 0 .341 .385 .459 .118 0 0
2013 MIA MLB NL 19 18 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 1 3 0 0 .167 .211 .222 .056 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 465 0.4538 0.5742 0.6667 0.7583 0.4213 0.7625 0.5234 0.3333 0.0038
2009 1442 0.4764 0.5049 0.7088 0.6827 0.3430 0.7953 0.5521 0.2912 0.0100
2010 829 0.5211 0.5440 0.7716 0.7060 0.3678 0.8492 0.6096 0.2284 -0.0047
2011 961 0.5161 0.5494 0.7917 0.7097 0.3785 0.8693 0.6364 0.2083 0.0003
2012 395 0.4861 0.5342 0.7867 0.7188 0.3596 0.8768 0.6164 0.2133 0.0002
2013 59 0.4407 0.5254 0.8387 0.8077 0.3030 0.8571 0.8000 0.1613 0.0027
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-19 2013-09-30 60-DL 134 119 Left Knee Contusion - -
2012-07-20 2012-10-06 15-DL 78 71 Right Thumb Surgery Infection Foreign Bodies 2012-08-15 -
2011-05-19 2011-05-19 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-05-15 2010-06-29 15-DL 45 42 Right Thumb Surgery Palm Tree Frond Foreign Body and Infection 2010-05-19
2009-10-01 2009-10-04 DTD 3 3 Right Thumb Surgery Infected Cyst In Thumb 2009-10-02
2009-01-26 2009-01-26 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery -
2008-05-28 2008-09-24 60-DL 119 106 Left Knee Sprain PCL -
2007-03-19 2007-03-24 Camp 5 0 Left Shoulder Strain -
2005-06-11 2005-07-18 15-DL 37 31 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $
2012 ATL $2,125,000
2011 PIT $2,125,000
2010 ATL $2,550,000
2009 ATL $1,237,500
2008 ATL $1,225,000
2007 ATL $395,000
2006 ATL $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$9,987,500
7 yrTotal$9,987,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 136 dLarry Reynolds1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/26/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. May earn additional $0.8M in performance bonuses. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by NY Yankees 3/17/13. Signed by Miami as a free agent 3/25/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Miami 5/2/13.
  • 2 years/$4.25M (2011-12). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/8/10. $0.25M signing bonus. 11:$2M, 12:$2M. $0.125M in annual performance bonuses based on PAs. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Pittsburgh 8/31/11.
  • 1 year/$2.55M (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 12/12/09 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Atlanta 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$1.2375M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/16/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.225M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $12,500 each for 450, 500 PAs. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for WS MVP, All Star, MVP. $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2007). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2006). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from KC 12/05 after being DFA. Signed 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Signed as a free agent 2/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Kansas City 4/05.
  • Drafted 1999 (17-505).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard losing Granderson is a devastating blow to the Yankees. I've also heard that it will be 30-odd games and that they will be fine. Which side do you believe?
(Alex from Anaheim)
I don't think it's the end of the world, Alex, unless the injury somehow hinders Granderson's power-hitting for the rest of the season. PECOTA projects Granderson for 2.4 WARP, so shaving a month off his playing time only costs the Yankees about half a win, if they can find an adequate replacement. The biggest concern, for me, is whether they can find a left fielder with the ability to handle right-handed pitching, because Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera cannot. A short-term platoon partner might be the most sensible addition, if they choose to look outside of the organization; there's no need to press the panic button and deal for Soriano. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, Detroit's looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with Dirks. . . assuming that resigning Delmon I-don't-want-to-DH Young is out of the question, who is available? Do they have any depth anywhere for trading?
(John Carter from Toronto (Tigers fan originally from the New York a)
Glad to see you in the queue again, John Carter.

Jon Morosi reported (and then retracted) yesterday that the Tigers had a two-year offer out to Scott Hairston, and while that report proved inaccurate, I think Hairston could be a fit there. Cody Ross is another possibility, though his price would need to come down if he's going to serve in a platoon role, and they could also consider Andruw Jones or Matt Diaz.

In terms of pieces the Tigers could trade, Brennan Boesch and Andrew Oliver were mentioned yesterday by CBS Sports' Danny Knobler: https://twitter.com/DKnobler/status/275663979584552962. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat) Any chance George Constanza is the Braves 4th OF and steals 25?
(Tony Danza from Italy)
Tough to bank on 25 steals from a 4th OF, and manager Fredi Gonzalez says he might only be the 5th OF (the team has a more potent Eric Hinske bat around plus Matt Diaz). As a 5th OF, I think you're looking at more of 10 SB, but he does have good speed and could steal more with some injuries or good play that nets him more PT. (Derek Carty)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)3 NL only guys - Matt Diaz, Seth Smith, Mark DeRosa. Should I cut bait on them?
(Carl from Boston)
I don't play fantasy baseball, so I'm not really sure that I have a good sense of what replacement level is in NL only leagues. Matt Diaz seems like he is in a BABIP funk. His other numbers seem pretty much okay, and he's usually the type to have a very high BABIP, so I'd expect him to be the most likely to bounce back. DeRosa hasn't really shown any power this year, so I'm inclined to think that could be a problem. His BABIP should rebound a bit, but I'd be concerned. Seth Smith isn't walking this year, which I'm guessing is his main problem. His BABIP is low too. All three of these guys seem to be partly unlucky and all have low BABIPs which are drawing your attention. I think DeRosa is the one to be most concerned about if I had to guess. (Matt Swartz)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Diaz kills left-handed pitching. Isn't it easier to find him a righty-masher platoon mate than to find a full-time left fielder?
(Christopher from Nashville)
How many lefty platoon mashers are there, though? Not as many as you'd think, and many of them wind up employed as everyday players already, given the roster crunch that favors employment of fourth-tier relievers at the expense of tactical weapons on offense. They just tried it with Garret Anderson, after a fashion, and that flopped. Trying it again with Ryan Church or seeing if there's anything left with Brian Giles? The best best might be to get in on any offers for Brad Hawpe. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, who will be manning LF and RF for Atlanta next year? That outfield is a mess, even with the addition of McLouth...
(steveomd from GA)
Not Francoeur! Bwahahaha.

Schafer will probably get another shot out there, don't you think? They have been big on platoons involving Matt Diaz the past few years too, so maybe some more of that with a new partner. The key to this whole thing is really that Jeffrey is gone. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, how do the Braves fix their absolute mess of an outfield, now and down the road?
(steveomd from Ohio)
Start by pulling the ol' switcheroo the next time the traveling secretary hands out plane tickets to Jeff Francoeur and Garret Anderson, maybe something along the lines of a flight to Tijuana via Nova Scotia.

I'd start with the assumption that McLouth should be playing a corner position (does he have the arm for right?), platoon Gregor Blanco and Omar Infante in center, at least until you're satisfied Schafer is ready, and try to find a lefty bat that can match with Matt Diaz in left. And look forward to the day when Jason Heyward is ready (two years?). (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Matt Diaz being effective if given regular at-bats against LHPs and RHPs, or is all his value connected to only starting against southpaws? A connected question - who do you see receiving more major league at-bats this season, Brandon Jones or Josh Anderson?
(abernethyj from Chapel Hill, NC)
If the Braves want to win ballgames, Brandon Jones, with Diaz remaining in the role he's best suited for, picking the rookie up against the league's tougher southpaws. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can Brandon Jones start over Matt Diaz in LF for the Braves? If so, what kind of numbers do you expect?
(jchilds from philly)
He's more fourth outfielder for me than starter. You could platoon the two, although Diaz doesn't have much of a split. I'm not sure why you'd want to replace Diaz, necessarily, although he does need a caddy on defense. (Joe Sheehan)


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