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Sunday, February 06, 2005

D-Rays moves of interest 

The D-Rays made a couple of moves today.

First, they traded outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr., to the D-Backs for Casey Fossum. Fossum is a former BoSox pitching prospect, a lefty who was highly regarded not too long ago, but hasn't be able to get anything done at the major league level. Cruz is a decent corner outfielder, and is a nice cheap pickup for the D-Backs.

The D-Rays also signed 1B Travis Lee, and to make room for him on the 40 man roster, have DFA'd outfielder Matt Diaz.

I'd like to see the Rangers pick him up and give him a shot to be their DH this coming season. He'll be 27 at the start of the season, but can hit -- splitting 2003 between AA and AAA, he posted a 986 OPS in AA and a 900 OPS in AAA, and posted a 948 OPS in AAA last season.

He doesn't walk much, and doesn't have a ton of power, but should hit some doubles and put up 15-20 homers if he played in TBIA.

Given that the Rangers are looking at a Greg Colbrunn/David Dellucci platoon at DH, they should give Diaz a look.

They won't, of course...unlike Dellucci and Colbrunn, Diaz isn't one of Buck's guys from Arizona. But he's a lot younger than those two, would likely be as productive, if not more so, and has more upside potential.


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