Lewin Diaz Gets Claimed by the Baltimore Orioles

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.

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.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Scam likely

I can’t believe they lost both Sanchez and Diaz, it just had to be be said ,move on nothing to see here.


Just saw that the D-backs claimed Ali Sanchez from us which opens up a spot for a Rule 5 pick or something more exciting, and leaves Endy as the only catcher on the 40-man roster.

Wilbur Miller

Well, maybe they’re about to sign Perez or somebody else, or maybe they’re just clearing space for R5. Regardless, it’s a relief to see the dead wood getting chucked.

b mcferren

maybe they let Endy be opening day starting catcher?


Dope dope thanks arizona

Scam likely

According to the mlbtr the dbacks claimed Ali Sanchez, when was he dfa.

Wilbur Miller

Surprised the Pirates let this guy get away. Catcher with a career .141 BA and whiffs in over half his PAs. Looks like a BC prototype. Must not be good in the clubhouse.


Last edited 2 months ago by Wilbur Miller

Although I know you are saying this mostly in sarcasm, it does point to the 40-man roster this year compared to last year. Right now there just are not that many positional players on the 40-man that the Pirates can replaced with someone else’s player that has been put on waivers. Last year it was “we pick up this guy, and waived player X and it is unlikely anyone claims him and we don’t really care if they do”. Assuming Vilade and Sanchez are placeholders, whoever they pick up needs to be better than, I’m guessing, Marcano and/or Castillo as the next two out.

Last edited 2 months ago by EightMenOut

Castillo is going nowhere. He’s crushing the ball in winter league and you don’t throw middle infielders with power in the trash….

Wilbur Miller

Ha, apparently Sanchez WAS a placeholder.


It was a bad claim from the beginning…….he was never going to be an answer at 1B, unless he was signed as a Milb contract. And how much did BC spend on this waiver claim……..Ethan? John?

Ethan Hullihen

Under the old rules, it was $50,000, but I have no idea if it is different in 2022 and beyond:


Did that money go to the team who had DFA’d the player or to MLB? I think it’s the latter but thought I’d confirm.

Ethan Hullihen

It goes to the team losing the player, thus “consideration”


Thanks! So there’s almost zero risk in claiming a player because you’ll likely recover that $50k when that player is claimed from you (as with Diaz).


Lewin, we hardly knew ye…..


Was hoping he’d slip through waivers. Maybe he’ll get some playing time with the O’s


They just signed Frenchy Cordero, so he might go through waivers again!

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