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That's our starting LF with Willie Harris gone and hopefully he can carry more of the burden...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AhRR...ov=ap&type=lgns

Diaz batted .352 after April 30, the third-best mark in the majors. Since the start of the 2006 season, he has hit .333, tied for the second-best mark in the majors.

I love Diaz hope he sticks around for a few years

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Goodoleboy58 (1/21/2008)
Matt Diaz would be me incarnate if I would have stuck with baseball... was a little bit better... and a little bit taller lol... If I played baseball today I would be Matt Diaz lol... Can't hate that guy

All he does is mash...one of the best pure hitters I've seen in awhile.

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Goodoleboy58 (1/21/2008)
Matt Diaz would be me incarnate if I would have stuck with baseball... was a little bit better... and a little bit taller lol... If I played baseball today I would be Matt Diaz lol... Can't hate that guy

All he does is mash...one of the best pure hitters I've seen in awhile.

I hope he sticks around for awhile... all he does is get base hits.. he isnt going to hit 30 homers a year but he'll get .300 and basehits all day long

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ATLANTA -- The Braves won't be going to arbitration with Matt Diaz, and they're hoping they'll soon be able to say the same about Rafael Soriano.

Braves general manager Frank Wren announced on Friday afternoon that Diaz has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Soriano now stands as the club's only unsigned, arbitration-eligible player.

All Major League teams exchanged figures with their unsigned arbitration-eligible players on Friday. The Braves are offering Soriano $2.4 million and he is seeking $3.4 million. In a career-high 71 appearances last year, the right-handed reliever posted a 3.00 ERA and converted nine of 12 save opportunities.

While there is $1 million separating Soriano's request and the Braves' offer, there's still seemingly a good chance an agreement could be made next week, or at least long before the issue would be brought in front of an arbitrator from Feb. 1-21.

Diaz, who has hit .333 while platooning in left field over the course of the past two seasons, made just $395,000 last year. He received arbitration-eligible status as a Super Two player. This means that his service time ranked among the top 17 percent of players who have at least two years of service and less than three.

The Braves announced on Thursday that they had avoided going to arbitration with Mark Teixeira, Mike Gonzalez, Omar Infante and Tyler Yates. Each of these players agreed to terms on one-year contracts.

Surgery completed: The Braves didn't encounter any surprises when Infante underwent surgery to repair his broken left hand in Atlanta on Friday. All indications are that he'll likely be sidelined until the final week of March. This obviously creates the possibility that the veteran utility player could begin the season on the disabled list.

Infante was evaluated by Dr. Gary Lourie before undergoing the surgical procedure, during which a pin was placed in his hand. He'll wear a cast for the next four to six weeks.

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Infante, who fractured the hand when he was hit with a pitch last week in the Venezuelan Winter League, was targeted to be a super-utility player, who could provide assistance if necessary in the outfield. If he's not ready to begin the season, that versatile role could be assumed by Brent Lillibridge.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Does anyone know what they settled on?

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I hope he doesn't start everyday. I hope he platoons with someone else. He did well in a platoon last year and I don't know if he would do that great playing everyday. I hope he does play great everyday and if does then yes I want him to start every game, "but if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it".

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kdkane79 (1/22/2008)
I hope he doesn't start everyday. I hope he platoons with someone else. He did well in a platoon last year and I don't know if he would do that great playing everyday. I hope he does play great everyday and if does then yes I want him to start every game, "but if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it".

At the very least, he has proven he deserves a chance to start everyday.

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