Matt Diaz to rejoin Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have reacquired outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later.
Diaz, who signed a two-year, $4.25 million contract with the Pirates in December, batted .259 with no home runs and 18 RBIs in 231 plate appearances with the team.
Despite little success in Pittsburgh, Diaz is excited to play with his old team.
“Headed back to Atlanta,” Diaz wrote on Twitter. “Enjoyed playing with the Pirate players so much. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. Time to go back back home.”
The 33-year-old Diaz made a strong impact during his five-year stint with the Braves. In 2009, he posted a .313 batting average with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs.
In all likelihood, the Braves will use Diaz when they face left-handed pitching. According to ESPN, right fielder Jason Heyward is hitting .188 in 96 at-bats against lefties, while Diaz is batting .295 in 100 at-bats versus left-handed pitching.