It is pretty well known that the Tigers would like a right-handed hitting outfielder. For the latter part of the offseason, this has been a tough find. Go to this handy tool to find that literally none of this class of right-handed hitting outfielders failed to receive a contract. It seemed the Tigers would have to trade or use an internal option to fill that spot.
However, the Yankees lost Curtis Granderson to injury. They were forced to sign ex-Tiger Brennan Boesch. This move could help the Tigers in two ways. First, they lose the dead weight of Boesch. Secondly, the Yankees released Matt Diaz outright on Saturday. Should the Tigers sign Diaz themselves?
A quick look at his Fangraphs page shows us that Diaz is a 35-year-old veteran. He made his debut in 2003, and has played partial time in the big leagues since. His career line of .291/.339/.431 is decent. Against lefties? A monstrous .324/.364/.498 over 1026 PAs. Those heady splits were offset by a disappointing 2012 where Diaz hit .222/.280/.333. This can be seen as the aging curve catching up to him, but his BABIP sunk 85 points below his career average to .256. A rebound next year to nearer his career line is possible.
Diaz would get time mostly in left for this team. Out there, his fielding is not great according to advanced metrics, but it certainly isn't Delmon-esque. Given 150 PAs against lefties, Diaz could provide some marginal value to the team at a fraction of the cost the Tigers were willing to pay Boesch.
What do you guys think? Is Diaz worth a shot over Jeff Kobernus?