Phillies appear to be out on Diaz
From Paul Hagen. . .
It looks like you can cross Matt Diaz off your list of potential right-handed bats. There are strong indications that the veteran outfielder will sign somewhere other than Philadelphia in the next 24 to 48 hours. The Phillies met with Diaz's agent yesterday, but have yet to express serious interest in signing the former Brave. Although Diaz has mashed left-handed pitching in his career, there are some concerns about where he would fit into the Phillies outfield. Diaz has played mostly at left field, and is not regarded as a strong defender.
As for lefty relievers, there has been a lot of speculation over the past couple of days that the Phillies could wind up signing veteran lefty George Sherrill, who was non-tendered by the Dodgers after a disappointing season. Sherrill earned $4.5 million last season.
Sherrill struggled mightily last season, finishing with a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances. But his numbers remained solid against left-handed hitters, who batted just .192 with a .573 OPS against him.