Victor Diaz DFA’d

Victor Diaz hitting for the MetsThe Texas Rangers have designated Victor Diaz for assignment.

Yeah, yeah, I know — he’s old baggage and there likely isn’t any room for him with the Mets. But for some reason he always had a special place in my heart; I think I really wanted him to be the next Kevin Mitchell. Diaz made me look ridiculously foolish when I suggested that he’d beat out Xavier Nady for the rightfield job back in March 2006. (That was a bad spring for me … I lambasted Willie for sticking with Jose Valentin, for giving a roster spot to Endy Chavez, for putting Aaron Heilman in the ‘pen, for letting Brian Bannister take a starting rotation spot … the list goes on and on …)

Interesting that the Rangers would give up so easily on Diaz, who is still only 25 years old and blasted 9 homeruns in just 104 big-league ABs last year. While in the PCL in ’07, he hit another 14 dingers and batted .321 in 271 at-bats. There’s little question the kid can flat-out hit, though he does do a lot of swinging and missing.

If it does turn out that Lastings Milledge or Carlos Gomez gets sent away in a deal for pitching, I wouldn’t mind seeing Diaz picked up on a minor league deal and offered an ST invite. But, it would seem that the Mets are more like “been there, done that, it’s all over” with him.

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  1. isuzudude November 21, 2007 at 7:09 am
    Victor Diaz is a right-handed version of the player we traded to get him from Los Angeles in 2003: Jeromy Burnitz. Except Burnitz could draw walks and hit .280 every now and then. Kevin Mitchell is a very lofty expectation…however, it’s not nearly as bad as the Manny Ramirez comparisons I heard every now and again.

    It’s interesting to see Diaz available…but I’m hoping Omar goes a different direction.

  2. whatdatmean November 21, 2007 at 7:42 am
    that would make some nice depth in AAA. Cant hurt to have a guy like that hanging around. Since his defense is sooo bad, there is a 1b project in the minors? You never know. It always good to have some power around. Interesting avenue to explore to add some depth.
  3. joe November 21, 2007 at 8:39 am
    Hey — 1B is a nice idea for Diaz! Yes my emotions are getting in the way here, but I really believe he can be a decent MLB hitter if given the chance. His defense in the OF was never awful, but he came up through the minors as a second baseman, so a move to 1B to improve his versatility / value doesn’t seem out of the question.

    As has been noted several times before, here, there aren’t many RH reserve OF / 1B options out there — at least, few that are worth considering. The Craig Wilsons of the world have been exposed and are too expensive.

  4. skibolton November 21, 2007 at 12:29 pm
    I’d take him if he signs a minor league deal, but if he has to be put on the 40 man roster, I think we’d end up creating another jesus flores typ situation, which at this point would be more important to avoid. If we sign a risk/reward guy like that, Kevin Cash or JR House would be my pick, since catchers are much more difficult to find.
  5. sincekindergarten November 21, 2007 at 4:58 pm
    Joe, I’m with you on the Diaz at 1B idea. If he were really wanting to get back to the ML, he would find a way to make himself attractive to someone out there. I’d give him a ST invite to see what he could do at 1B.
  6. Micalpalyn November 21, 2007 at 5:32 pm
    My comparison: Butch Huskey
  7. joe November 21, 2007 at 6:31 pm
    Mic, I think you are a LOT closer than me. And at this point, Vic would be lucky to match Huskey’s 7 years in MLB!