Aledmys Diaz was one of those Cuban players the Yankees were "in on" then, not so much. Then "maybe they liked him..." then... "The Yanks were definitely gonna sign him". Then... the Cardinals did. That happens many, many times with the Yankees and these Cuban players.
The Yanks always come back with "Well, there was something we didn't like" or "Yeah, he's not a good fit at this time." Well, this time they could be right. We wrote about Diaz extensively here at BYB. Here's one of those articles when the Yankees were hot and heavy on the guy for a moment. Read ALEDMYS DIAZ IS IN HUGE DEMAND BY THE YANKEES from February 2014.
Aledmys Diaz eventually signed a 4 year, $8 million dollar contract with the Cardinals. Well, it turns out he was just designated for assignment by the Cards.
Interesting nugget. According to MLB.com:
According to Hardball Talk, "Diaz was batting just 235/.292/.344 with three home runs and 21 RBI through 67 games this season at Double-A Springfield. He’ll probably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed, but his future in baseball is not particularly bright."#stlcards have designated Aledmys Diaz for assignment. It's a gamble, but they hope he'll clear waivers because of salary still due.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 8, 2015
Baseball is a fascinating thing. It's all about performance and being at the right place at the right time. Diaz was in the right place... but didn't perform. Hey, maybe the Yankees got this one right, who knows. Hey, maybe they even try to snag him now... Stay tuned.
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