I think that Diaz is protected in the Rule 5 draft but is traded this off season for a prospect that in not of the 40 man roster. O's are going to need that 40 man spot and Diaz is now at least the 8th outfielder in the the system that will be at AAA or above.
Well said. The last time I remember the O’s chasing a top end free agent pitcher (if you even want to call him that) was Carl Pavano in the 2004-05 offseason. He was the top FA pitcher that year (or close), but not someone who would have been top of the market in any other year.