Braves Acquire Lewin Diaz From Orioles

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Braves win first baseman Levin Diaz Cash from the Orioles, according to a statement by both teams. Atlanta’s 40-man roster count jumps to 39.

Diaz has been bouncing around the league in the past few weeks. Drafted by the Marlins before the deadline to keep 40 prospects out of the Rule 5 Draft, Diaz was transferred from the Pirates to the Orioles, resulting in a series of waivers for his claims.Baltimore dropped him from their roster during yesterday’s signing Michael Givensand it turns out that his stint in the organization is very short.

Atlanta is near the bottom of the exemption order, so it crossed the line by sending some cash to Baltimore. Along the way, they add players of obvious interest to several teams in the league.Diaz doesn’t have much of his MLB record, but he’s a minor enough to appeal to clubs as a leaguer. indicates that

A left-handed hitting first baseman, he has batted only .181/.227/.340 lines in 112 MLB games with Miami. Diaz made his career-high 174 plate appearances in 2022, batting . 169/. 224/. 492 with 19 home runs and 368 at-bats in which he posted a 20.4% strikeout percentage in overtime at Triple-A Jacksonville.

An aggressive attacking approach has left Diaz in trouble at this stage of his MLB career. However, evaluators appreciated his power and defensive acumen, making him a long-term prospect in his system on Miami farms. Public metrics like the number of defensive runs saved and average outs on his Statcast rate his glovework in 753 2/3 MLB innings so far. He’s primarily a first baseman, so despite his defensive quality, he needs a bat to carry him to hold a roster spot.Atlanta reveals Matt Olson settled in that position. Diaz tries to carve out a role with depth behind him.

At 26, he is over his minor league option years. If the Braves put him on his 40-man roster for the rest of the offseason, they’ll either have to keep him in the majors or expose him to other teams again. Atlanta may try to sneak waivers at some point before spring training, but no team has yet succeeded in making that attempt.

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