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Diaz to 1st??

Frayed Knot
Jun 06 2005 12:08 AM

Joel Sherman, NY Post:

The Mets have internally discussed giving former second baseman Victor Diaz a tutorial at first. His lack of concentration in the infield is one reason he was sent to the outfield. But the Mets crave more offense at the position than Doug Mientkiewicz has provided, and an AL executive who saw Diaz play third in the minors thinks Diaz can handle first. Met officials believe first base is a likely area to upgrade if they are contenders come July.

Edgy DC
Jun 06 2005 12:20 AM

My opinion is all over the old forum, but Diaz should be getting the Kevin Mitchell treatment, and the Mets should be trying to hide him at one position or another four-five days a week.

Matt Murdock, Esq.
Jun 06 2005 12:29 AM

It's about freakin' time.


Jun 06 2005 01:57 AM

I would be ok with playing him at first base against lefties and taking it from there...
i'm just worried that reyes, wright, and matsui benefit alot from doug being at 1B, enough to offset some of his bad offense (but not all the way he is hitting now.)

Jun 06 2005 08:14 AM

Actually I've been kind of digging Woodward at first vs. lefties but 1b is prolly the only place Victor's going to get real playing time.

Jun 06 2005 09:07 AM

]an AL executive who saw Diaz play third in the minors thinks Diaz can handle first
I thought he came from LA's minor league system.

I like the idea of Diaz getting more PT, but what do his actual coaches think? The random AL executive is just as likely to be the assistant to the traveling secretary for Seattle as someone who's a legitimate talent evaluator that has seen Diaz play.

Edgy DC
Jun 06 2005 09:35 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 06 2005 10:07 AM

I think this is the kind of thing that the Mets have gotten better at under Omar Minaya not letting un-named sources leak their plans.

I imagine Joel Sherman needed a theme for a column, and called a few guys in his rolodex to make it look like it had legs. Of course, AL execs are just as likely to scout NL prospects in the minors. It's not like the leagues are seperate at every level.

Jun 06 2005 09:43 AM

I like this idea, no point having Diaz ride the pine, Woodward is also a good option and has shown he can play 1st.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 06 2005 09:54 AM

Woody completely rocks. He played CF last night.

Diamond Dad
Jun 06 2005 10:01 AM

Trade him now, while he has value! Let somebody else teach him to play first base, which I'm sure he'll do adequately. He could play vs. lefties at 1B, but unless he's getting serious playing time, he should be in the minors playing every day. Maybe send him back to Norfolk to learn to play first.

Edgy DC
Jun 06 2005 10:08 AM

Hasn't he shown he's completely ready to hit big-league pitching?

Wasn't it completely cool that he pitcher he took downtown to break Chicago's back last year wanted no part of him when he came up in the ninth yesterday?

Jun 06 2005 11:34 AM

Diaz instead of Mientkiewicz sounds very nice to me.

Jun 06 2005 11:55 AM

Has Floyd come out and said he won't play first? I don't see why we haven't tried a lineup with Cliff and first and Diaz in left yet.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 06 2005 12:17 PM

I think that's somnething the Mets shouldv'e considered last year.

I hesitate to mess with Cliff because it looks like he's about to start raking again. Just, get out of the way and let Cliff work.

Jun 06 2005 01:14 PM

I agree. Not only does Cliffy look like he's about to go on a tear, he's been great defensively. Last I checked, he was leading OF's in assists.

I kind of like the idea of getting Diaz some work at 1B, although Woody has been pretty solid in his starts.

I'm still holding out hope that Mientkiewicz will start hitting again, but until that happens, we need to keep exploring other options--something Willie's been pretty good at so far.

Willets Point
Jun 06 2005 01:34 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
Diaz should be getting the Kevin Mitchell treatment

You mean you think Diaz should be the scapegoat for Straw and Doc's substance abuse problems and traded to the Padres for Ralphie's least favoriter player?

Vic Sage
Jun 06 2005 01:35 PM

that's not even a little bit funny.

is it?


Jun 06 2005 02:26 PM

Actually, he thinks Diaz should beat up his girlfriend's cat. Or whatever that crazy story was.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 06 2005 02:31 PM


The story is that Mitchell beheaded his girlfriend's cat during an argument.

I think if anyone really investigated they'd find that this is an urban legend.

Edgy DC
Jun 06 2005 02:35 PM

I think Dwight Gooden's Heat is the primary source.

Or maybe it was Gooden's cat, or Gooden's girlfriend's cat. Anyhow, Gooden's cat used one of his nine lives to get revenge.

Jun 06 2005 04:06 PM

Courtesy of today's Baseball Prospectus Newsletter:


Top 5 NL Rally Killers, by Net Double Plays (NET DP)

Player, Team, NET DP

Sean Casey, CIN, 6.29
Royce Clayton, ARI, 6.29
Lyle Overbay, MIL, 5.32
Daryle Ward, PIT, 5.06
Victor Diaz, NYN, 4.83

Jun 08 2005 05:33 PM

Willie said that Diaz is taking grounders at first on M&MD today.

(I like the delete posts feature. Makes me look slightly less like a clown.)

Edgy DC
Jun 08 2005 05:36 PM

C'mon Bono, shake a tail-feather. Show some pride.

Rockin' Doc
Jun 08 2005 11:49 PM

I would like to see the Mets give Diaz a shot at first base. It would be another way of getting his bat in the line up. He could make an occassional start and if the Mets had a lead, they could bring in Eye Chart as a defensive replacement in the later innings.

Jun 08 2005 11:55 PM

This is all you need to know about M&MD, they asked Willie about playing David Wright at first base, Willie shot that down , shut up you idiots.