We are no closer to knowing where Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz will sign, although he is expected to be making a decision before this weekend is up.
Feb 13, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak (left) talks with manager Mike Matheny (right) during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
What we do know is that both the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees, for very obvious reasons, are interested in the Cuban defector.
Former general manager Jim Bowden spoke with 101 ESPN and said Diaz “a good long-term solution for the Cardinals at SS.”
Contrary to Bowden, ESPN’s Keith Law made some comments yesterday during his chat on ESPN: “I don’t know much, other than hearing from a few people that he might be a utility guy not a starter.”
The Yankees’ interest comes from the fact that they really have not prepared for Derek Jeter‘s retirement. This comes from the Yankees always going after big-name players during free agency instead of developing talent in the farm system.
Even though the Oakland Athletics have Jed Lowrie and prospect Addison Russell, they also have an interest according to Susan Slusser. Their interest goes back to prior to the start of last season, before he was declared ineligible to sign with a major league club. At the time, Russell was further away from the big leagues.
Also interested in Diaz’ services, according to Joe Strauss, are the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants.
I can see why Philly would be interested with Jimmy Rollings not getting any younger.