PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Matt Diaz #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates dives for a ball in rightfield during their game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on April 14, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
After five years with the Atlanta Braves, outfielder Matt Diaz signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates last December. Diaz's apparent Escape From ATL has failed, though, as the Braves acquired the outfielder from Pittsburgh today in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Diaz, 33, was expected to give the Pirates some nice pop from a bench or platoon role, but he's struggled to the tune of a .259/.303/.324 line in 231 plate appearances with the Bucs this season. The Pirates are chipping in money to help offset Diaz's 2012 salary, so he may be around for next season, too.
Presumably, the Braves are hoping that Diaz can recapture the success that he had in his last stint with the club. From 2006 through 2010, Diaz posted a .305/.353/.461 line in over 1500 plate appearances for Atlanta. I'm skeptical, though, given that he's hit just .255/.302/.382 over the past two seasons combined.