he is 23 , so yes he is an international free agent.
If I understand it correctly , players with 3 years service time in internation play and who have reached age 23 , are in fact free agents, so he will be with a team as long as his contract calls for,(Im hoping for a 6-7 year deal in the 36-42 million dollar range and maybe a nice little signing bonus)
KLAW said in chat today that he has not seen him, but some scouts are telling him Diaz is a future platoon guy.....not sure what that means.
nick, right.....but from what I can tell, if scouts lie to KLAW, he cuts them off.....so I doubt that, but it is certainly possible.
It's not my money that would be spent but Diaz is more of a top 100 prospect than a top 25 prospect. It's great to add free talent to the org but it seems a little silly throw silly money at him because he's a living, breathing SS prospect.
If he wants to be a FA like other int'l FA's (mostly Japanese players) then he needs to add a clause to his contract granting him FA at the end of the contract because ALL players need 6 years of service time to be unrestricted FA's. This is becoming more common with older int'l FA's though.
Peter GammonsVerified account @pgammo Club take from Aledmys Dias Arizona workout:"Profiles as utility infielder...may struggle at short"
If true, I'd not pay him anything in FA.....
Too bad, because it is hard to find SS.....
well I to have to rethink Diaz, since our own scouts and now the Yankees ,both teams with glaring holes to the middle infield either this year or next are not in the mix.
That being said, with Gammons reporting the same thing clearly there should be some hesitation.
Though Gammons' report shows concern about his defense, I wonder what his source's judgment of his offense is. It's not a popular opinion, but if "may struggle" means below average, I'm fine with that if the bat plays.
Klaw compliments teams when they make good decisions, and rips them when they don't. Hence this whole "he used to HATE the Twins, but now he doesn't" silliness. The Twins were awful at executing their strategy at the end of Ryan's last term, and Smith was awful at making trades. Why would he not rip them? Now that they've changed things up, and realized where they were, and mostly righted the minors, of course he is now complimentary.
The whole "analyst x hates my team, or doesn't like my favorite player enough" meme is below you Nick, imo.
"Klaw isn't always the kindest to the Twins."
Klaw is what he is. Extremely open in his praise and criticism. Sarcastic. Sardonic. Occassionly cruel in his ridicule of the inane (though he does love one reality tv show, go figure). Personally, he's the reason I pay for Insider. He's one of the reasons I even go to espn.com. Many others don't agree with my appreciation for his work and style.
Getting back to the worth of Diaz, if he has a ceiling of utility player/2b then a reasonable signing bonus and make good from there wouldn't be a bad plan.