The Expos obtained Diaz, righthander Justin Echols and cash from
the Rangers for catcher-infielder Josh McKinley and righthander
The 31-year-old Diaz spent last season in Texas and hit .257
with four homers and 35 RBI. He was in Cleveland from 1996 to
2002 and is a .259 hitter with 19 homers and 174 RBI in 557
The addition of Diaz provides some insurance behind the plate.
The Expos handed the job to Brian Schneider in the offseason
after trading Michael Barrett. But Schneider hit just .230 in
335 at-bats last season.
Echols, 23, was a combined 5-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 32 appearances
at Class AA Frisco and Class A Stockton.
McKinley, 24, a first-round draft choice of the Expos in 1998,
hit .286 with 15 homers and 75 RBI at Class AA Harrisburg.
Young, 24, was a combined 9-6 with a 3.11 ERA for Harrisburg and
Class A Brevard County in 2003.