Infielder DFA'd For 3rd Time in 5 Weeks

It's the kind of thing that can beat down your confidence. For the third time in five weeks, former Miami Marlins first baseman Lewin Diaz has been designated for assignment.

This time, it's the Baltimore Orioles that have given Diaz his walking papers, to make room on the roster for their signing of free agent reliever Mychal Givens.

The Marlins DFA'd Diaz in November, and he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. They soon after DFA'd him once again, and was claimed by the Orioles off waivers two weeks ago. That job has now also come to an end. 

Diaz 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, his major league stints haven't gone so good. 

Across 112 MLB games and 321 at-bats, he's managed only a .181 average and a .567 OPS. 

He does have a +16 in Defensive Runs Saved at first base, however, and with the power stroke he's demonstrated in the high minors, perhaps another team will give him a shot. 

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