Matt Diaz Signs with Yankees and Other Updates

According to various reports, outfielder Matt Diaz has accepted a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the New York Yankees.

This shouldn’t be big news, but Diaz was one of the few righthanded-hitting outfielders on the free-agent market who fit into the Mets’ budget. Diaz gets $1.2M plus the opportunity for another $800,000 in incentives. On the bright side, by signing Diaz, the Yankees may no longer have interest in Scott Hairston. Besides Hairston, the only other RH-hitting free-agent outfielder left is Austin Kearns. Though, you could technically refer to Bill Hall, Jeff Baker, and Mark DeRosa as “outfielders” even though they’re really infielders / utility men. There are also a few minor-league free agent OFs who hit from the right side still looking for a job; they include, among others, Jason Michaels, Joe Mather, Shelley Duncan, Brent Lillibridge, and Darnell McDonald. Not exactly a group that takes your breath away.

Also signing a minor-league contract is former Met John Maine, who mention here for no other reason than he is a former Met.

In other news, the trade of Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox has been completed. Hanrahan and Brock Holt go to Boston while Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, Mark Melancon, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. join the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

That’s the latest on the hot stove, which still has a mild simmer going. The Mets have to make a few more moves before spring training, and they have about seven weeks to do so. My guess is we’ll see a few free-agent pitchers signed and at least one more trade for an outfielder. Who is on your shopping list? Sound off in the comments.

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