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Postby JohnnyBenchBest Ever » Mon May 01, 2006 12:56 pm

Whats the deal with V. Diaz? Is he in the Mets long term plans or is he just going to be a 4th OF. I know he's young (24), just wondering what his future looks like.
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon May 01, 2006 12:58 pm

His future is up in the air right now. In terms of Mets OF, he's second fiddle to Lastings Milledge, so assuming the Mets only have one long-term OF slot to fill, it's going to Milledge, leaving Diaz as the odd man out. That's what I see happening, at least. I can't envision the Mets replacing both their corner OF with prospects in the too near future.
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Postby The Kavorka » Mon May 01, 2006 1:00 pm

from Rotoworld today . . .

Victor Diaz is expected to be returned to Triple-A Norfolk after Monday's game.
Diaz will be sent down to open a roster spot for John Maine who will start Tuesday's game in place of injured Brian Bannister. May. 1 - 11:09 am et
Source: New York Daily News


For the future: Who knows? IMO he looks like the odd man out. Beltran will be in Center for the next 5 years. Floyd is in the last year of his contract with the Mets and it looks like he's just holding the spot for Lastings Milledge. The X faxtor would be Xavier Nady who has played well so far. If he keeps it up Diaz doesn't have a position other than 4th OFer or injury replacement.

Nady's success will have a lot to do with what happens to Diaz.
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Postby garf112 » Mon May 01, 2006 1:02 pm

I think the Mets are unsure about him. His fielding is atrocious. He should be able to hit well enough to be a LF somewhere. Cliff Floyd is probably gone after this year, but it could be either Diaz or Lastings Milledge, depending on Milledge's development. Nady was supposed to be a stopgap for Milledge, but he might be playing himself into the Mets' plans. The Mets' OF next year could have a couple of different looks with Beltran at center in all cases.

LF: Diaz
RF: Nady

LF: Nady
RF: Milledge

LF: Diaz
RF: Milledge

It's a long season, and I think they are going to make the decision in spring training next year. If Diaz isn't starting by next year, I would think that he would be traded.
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Postby JohnnyBenchBest Ever » Mon May 01, 2006 1:03 pm

Do you see him getting traded?
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon May 01, 2006 1:04 pm

JohnnyBenchBest Ever wrote:Do you see him getting traded?


If Nady plays his way into the long term plans, or the Mets acquire another OF bat via free agency or trade, it's certainly possible that they could trade him for, say, bullpen help ;-)
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Postby beezer » Mon May 01, 2006 7:35 pm

I would think they would trade him for SP help. I bet they wish they kept Benson right now!! Zambrano is garbage and Pedro, Glavine, and Trachsel are getting up there in years. Their bullpen is pretty strong right now except for Julio, who has actually pitched better lately.
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Postby Amazinz » Mon May 01, 2006 8:29 pm

I wouldn't be surprised to see Diaz included if the Mets are involved in any deadline deals. Unfortunately Diaz isn't helping any with his poor showing so far at Norfolk.
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Postby perlick29 » Tue May 02, 2006 1:10 am

He's a lot like Jason Michaels in that he deserves a chance to start in an outfiled position but he's blocked. I'd say about 75% chance he's not a Met by the end of the season.
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Postby jboyhb » Tue May 02, 2006 3:12 am

They had to send him down cause they need another started 4 wednesday.
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