The veteran outfielder was in Yankees camp on a minor league contract. He was competing for a role as a platoon option in the Yankees outfield. Diaz failed to produce much during camp, as he hit just .200/.250/.200 over 13 games. Additionally, the ten-year veteran failed to hit a home run and drove in just two runs. In 51 games with the Atlanta Braves last season, Diaz hit just .222 with a pair of home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Earlier this spring, General Manager Brian Cashman had indicated that Diaz would not be expected to report to minor league camp, and was referred to as an “all-or-nothing” player who either would make the team or be released.
With Diaz out of the picture, Juan Rivera, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, and even Thomas Neal will get an extended opportunity to earn playing time in the New York Yankees outfield.
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