Diaz Becomes Eighth Multi-Year Extension For RaysFollow @Steve_Kinsella1
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay Rays have signed infielder Yandy Díaz to a three-year, $24 million contract through the 2025 season, including a $12 million club option for the 2026 season.
Diaz, 31, was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays from the Cleveland Indians in a three team trade at the conclusion of the annual Winter Meetings on December 13, 2018. In the deal the Rays traded Jake Bauers to Clevleand and sent $5M cash to the Seattle Mariners. Cleveland sent Edwin Encarnacion and a competitive balance pick to Seattle and received Carlos Santana. Tampa Bay received Diaz and minor league reliever Cole Sulser from Cleveland.
In four seasons with the Rays Diaz has shown a strong on-base skill slashing .277/.374/.419 spannning 1584 plate appearances. Last season his on-base percentage eclipse the .400 mark (.401) for the second time in his four seasons in St. Petersburg (also, .428 in 2020).
Diaz becomes the eighth member of the team to be inked to a multi-year extension joining Manuel Margot, Wander Franco, and Brandon Lowe on the offesnive side. On the pitching side, the Rays have locked up Jeffrey Springs, Pete Fairbanks, Tyler Glasnow, and Zach Eflin.