Report: Yankees to sign Matt Diaz to minor league deal
The Yankees are reportedly signing outfielder Matt Diaz to a minor league deal, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Diaz was released as a free agent by the Braves in October. He played in 51 games and hit .222/.280/.333 with Atlanta. The 34-year-old has been considered as a possible outfielder or designated hitter for the Yankees.
Diaz will be extended an invitation to spring training and compete for a spot on the big league roster:
BREAKING: Yankees have agreed to terms on minor-league deal with outfielder Matt Diaz. Invite to big-league camp and will compete for spot.—
Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 26, 2012
Diaz attended FSU and was drafted by the Rays in the 17th round of the 1999 draft. He has spent the majority of his time in the big leagues with the Braves and is a career .291/.339/.431 hitter with 45 home runs and 225 RBIs.