Jonathan Diaz Signs with Blue Jays

A familiar name to PawSox fans will be heading back the team that originally drafted him. Infielder Jonathan Diaz, who was a key cog in the Pawtucket run to the International League Finals, has signed a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays. Diaz, was originally selected by Toronto in the 12th round of the 2006 draft out of North Carolina State.

Diaz, who was sensational defensively playing shortstop, second and third with the PawSox in 2013, batted .253 with a pair of homers, 31 RBI, 45 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. He signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in December of 2012.

He made his big league debut with Boston (against Toronto coincidentally) June 29th. He was 0-for-4 with two runs scored in five games with Boston. He scored the game winning run, in walk-off fashion, on June 30th against the Jays.

To get just a sample of the great season Diaz had in Pawtucket, check out his highlight reel by clicking the link below.

The PawSox want to wish Jonathan the best of luck with the Blue Jays!

Red Sox May Be Reluctant to Deal Young Arms

The article below was written by mlb.com’s Paul Hagen

At this time a year ago, Ben Cherington acknowledged, there was no way the general manager could have predicted what a vital role right-hander Brandon Workman would play in the success of the Red Sox.

Which is why, Cherington said Wednesday as the General Managers Meetings wrapped up at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes resort, he is reluctant to deal away any of the young arms — Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo — the organization has stockpiled.

“There is interest,” Cherington said. “I’m not sure that pushed us in one direction or the other, but there’s certainly interest.”

That does not mean Cherington is eager to wheel and deal.

“If we wanted to be involved in just about any trade discussion, because of the guys who might be available, we could be,” Cherington said. “I’m not sure we’ll want to be involved in all of them. But we have a number of players asked about on the Major League and prospect level.

“We’re not far enough exactly to know exactly what they’re going to be, so I guess the best way to integrate young pitching and find the next really good young pitchers for the Red Sox is just to keep all of them and see what happens. That said, we never say never to anything. If there’s an idea that a team has, we’re always going to listen to them.”

Workman, who made his Major League debut July 10, appeared in 20 regular-season games, including three starts. In seven postseason appearances, he did not allow an earned run.

“Even in Spring Training, if you had asked us which of these young pitchers is going to play a role for you late in 2013, he probably wouldn’t have been the first choice,” Cherington added. “It’s hard to predict. So I’m sure three months from now or four months from now or eight months from now, somebody will have emerged that maybe we weren’t even thinking about right now.

“The simple position and the simple answer is, look, the more good, quality, young, controllable arms we have, the better chance we’ll have to figure out our pitching staff short and long term. And that’s the position we want to be in as much as possible. I don’t want to do anything that’s going to take us out of that position unnecessarily.”

With the depth at the pitching position in the Sox organization, the PawSox staff looks to be absolutely loaded for 2014.

Thanks for reading!

Jeff
@jlevering4
jlevering@pawsox.com

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