Diaz signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Rockies on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal comes with $300,000 in incentives. Manager Bud Black likes how Diaz has improved defensively behind the plate, so he should enter spring training atop the depth chart. He was not as sharp offensively, hitting .235/.288/.353 with two home runs in 26 games. Tony Wolters and Dom Nunez linger for now as depth options.
Diaz went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double and an additional run scored in Saturday's win over Arizona. Diaz finished the game just one triple away from the cycle and blasted his second long ball of the season when he took Luke Weaver deep in the fourth inning. He enters the final game of the campaign hitting .250 with a below-average .679 OPS.
Diaz isn't in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks. Diaz will hit the bench after recording a single and one walk over four plate appearances during Game 1. Tony Wolters will start at catcher for the nightcap.
Diaz is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants. Diaz started the past two games and went 1-for-4 with two RBI in each contest, but he'll receive the day off Tuesday. Tony Wolters takes over behind the plate for Colorado.
Diaz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Athletics. Diaz gave the Rockies a lead they wouldn't lose with his blast off Athletics starter Sean Manaea in the fifth inning. That homer was Diaz's first of the year, and the RBI were his first as well. He also has two runs scored and a .250/.341/.361 slash line across 41 plate appearances.