Diaz is already a fan favorite in Philadelphia, even though he played for the hated Atlanta Braves. His fame comes from episode last summer when he helped stadium security apprehend a fan who had run on the field. The fan got a little too close to Diaz, who simply tripped the guy, giving security time to grab him.
San Diego non-tendered outfielder Scott Hairston, a guy who the Phillies have had an interest in acquiring as lately as in 2009. San Diego put him on the trading block in '09 and the Phillies made an attempt to get him, but he wound up going to Oakland before returning to the Padres in 2010. Hairston is a career .278 hitter against southpaws, but just a .170 hitter coming off the bench. Hairston can play both left and center fields and could handle second base, if needed, at least for a short stint.
On the pitching side, the Phillies missed on left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who was a free agent and signed with the Angels on Thursday. The good news is that lefty reliever Hideki Okajima (Boston) was non-tendered. In 2010 Okajima struggled with a 4.50 ERA and lefties hit .284 against him, but he's got a career ERA of 3.06 and has held left-handed hitters to a .214 average over four major league seasons, during which he's averaged 63 appearances.
While the Phillies missed out on Takahahi, they are pursuing free agent left-hander Arthur Rhodes, who posted a 2.29 ERA in 69 games with Cincinnati last season.