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I’m not sure if there’s a market for a player at Diaz’s age, 31, and skillset, but a team may be interested in his pinch-hitting ability or versatility down the stretch and make an offer. If so, it may be tempting to get something for Diaz before he hits free agency.
Diaz is an average offensive player, but his value lies in his versatility as he can play six positions, leaving room on the bench for another player.
Assuming Jeremy Pena takes the majority of time at shortstop in 2022, the Astros will need someone to spell him on occasion when he hits the proverbial wall during day after day in the Major League grind.
That’s a perfect role for Diaz and he can literally give anyone in the infield a day off as the dog days hit. Plus he will be there in case an injury sidelines someone for a longer period as has happened with Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the past couple of years.