Braves Acquire Player Joining His 4th Team In 30 Days

It's been a whirlwind few weeks for former Miami Marlins first baseman Lewin Diaz. He's now joining his 4th team since late November, after the Atlanta Braves worked out a deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Marlins DFA'd Diaz in late November, but he was soon thereafter picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. They quickly DFA'd him, and he was claimed by the Orioles off waivers two weeks ago. But they then needed to make room for newly-signed free agent Mychal Givens, so they, too, DFA'd Diaz just a couple of days ago. 

The Braves are sending the O's "cash considerations" in return for Diaz.

The 26-year-old Dominican was once a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins system, blasting 27 home runs in the minors in 2017 with an .851 OPS. He was sent to the Marlins in 2020, and while he continued hitting for good power in the minors, he hasn't been able to transfer it yet to the majors. Across 112 MLB games and 321 at-bats, he's managed only a .181 average and a .567 OPS. 

His defense at first, however, is a plus, with a +16 in Defensive Runs Saved. He's still relatively young, and perhaps the Braves can find a way to get him to unleash that power stroke that he's demonstrated in the high minors.

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