MLB confirmed that the Giants signed former Dodgers and Orioles top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz to a Minor League contract. The deal was confirmed earlier this week.
Here is a profile on Diaz by Marc DeLucchi in the Sports Illustrated article:
“Díaz spent last season with the Dodgers Double-A affiliate, hitting .278/.374/.484 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs, 56 walks, and just 78 strikeouts in 406 plate appearances. Díaz still has an impressive collection of tools, combining above-average power potential with an excellent eye, decent speed, and a plus arm. However, he has yet to put it all together. Defensively, Díaz has been limited to the outfield corners in recent seasons, primarily playing right field.
A Cuban native, Díaz was one of the best young players in the Caribbean when he defected to sign with an MLB team prior to the 2016 season. An unrestricted free agent at the age of 18, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed the outfielder for a whopping $15.5 million signing bonus. It’s worth noting that Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was the Dodgers general manager at the time.”
Perhaps the Giants front office sees something in Diaz, something they and they alone can remedy and turn the young man into a bonafide Major Leaguer. Heaven knows it’s a low-risk move but Shohei Ohtani, it ain’t. Maybe one day we will look back at this move and Diaz will be the next Manny Ramirez or even Justin Turner and we will all say, “Boy what a great pick-up that was by Zaidi. Too bad he wasn’t around to see the results.”
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Who knows? As for me, it gives me something to write about, Giants-wise, today.