The Cardinals Just Traded Aledmys Diaz to the Blue Jays

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The Cardinals Just Traded Aledmys Diaz to the Blue Jays

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Just a year ago, it would have been shocking to learn that the Cardinals had traded infielder Aledmys Diaz.

Tonight? I mostly shrug:

Diaz, 27, exploded for the Cardinals in 2016 after struggling initially to adjust to stateside ball in the minors. The league adjusted cruelly in 2017, though, and Diaz hit just .259/.290/.392 (78 wRC+) in the big leagues, while faring no better in the ample time he spent at AAA.

With the emergence of Paul DeJong and Jedd Gyorko, there wasn’t a whole lot of playing time to be had for Diaz, and the Cardinals clearly decided that even his versatility was not worth keeping in a utility role.

In Woodman, the Cardinals get the Blue Jays’ second round pick from the 2016 draft, an outfield prospect who did not put up huge numbers at Low-A this year, but who nonetheless was a back-end-of-the-organizational-top-30 type. I can’t claim to know much more about him than that. Appears to be more than nothing, but not necessarily a significant prospect.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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