Craig Mish, who originally broke the news of the Pittsburgh Pirates claiming first baseman Lewin Diaz from the Miami Marlins, is reporting that Diaz has been claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.
First Baseman Lewin Díaz has been claimed by the Baltimore Orioles per sources. Díaz was DFA’d by the Pirates earlier this week.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 2, 2022
Diaz was a member of the Pirates for ten days total. He was claimed shortly after the Pirates acquired Ji-Man Choi from the Tampa Bay Rays. With Choi playing poor defense at first base, Diaz looked like he had a spot with the Pirates. That went away just a few days later when it was reported that the Pirates agreed to a deal with veteran first baseman Carlos Santana. While Diaz is the superior defensive player, he has not hit during his three partial seasons in the majors. He was designated for assignment when the Santana deal became official earlier this week.
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