Diaz worked out during his time of suspension and despite reports that he had not played in 18 months, Diaz in fact competed last winter in the Veracruz League in Mexico for several weeks.
Diaz indicated that financial security for his family was most important to him in his evaluation process, but also acknowledged that the Cardinals stood out by remaining in touch with him during his suspension.
Earlier this year, Diaz undertook a series of workouts for interested teams, crisscrossing the country in a process he acknowledges was stressful. In every case, he felt he had to show his best. That likely contributed to a sore shoulder that limited him even after he signed with the Cardinals on March 9.
Though Diaz has conversational English, he asked teammate Jonathan Rodriguez to serve as his translator for the following audio interview. Perhaps he sensed it would be an in-depth chat, which it was. In a wide-ranging discussion, Diaz covered every topic listed above and more. We began on a light-hearted note, as we joked about a Diaz line drive that struck Rodriguez on the rear end during batting practice the day before.
Previously posted interview: Springfield manager Mike Shildt
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