Miami Marlins sign Matt Diaz

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The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Matt Diaz to a minor league contract.

The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Matt Diaz to a minor league contract, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Diaz signed a minor league contract that included an invitation to major league spring training with the New York Yankees over the offseason. However, New York ultimately released the outfielder last week.

Diaz spent the 2012 season with the Atlanta Braves, hitting .222/.280/.333 with six doubles and two home runs over 118 plate appearances. The Braves acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later in the summer of 2011.

Over 10 seasons in the majors, Diaz owns a career batting line of .291/.339/.431. He's manned all three outfield positions as well as first base during his time in the bigs, though he's seen most of his action as a corner outfielder.

The Marlins currently have a projected starting outfielder that includes Justin Ruggiano in center and Juan Pierre and Giancarlo Stanton in left and right. Beyond their regulars, Miami has potential back ups Gorkys Hernadnez, Chris Coughlin, Austin Kearns and Bryan Peterson in camp.

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