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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks were almost universally consigned to the depths of the NL West at this time last year, but the script has flipped. They are held in much higher esteem after winning a division title and upgrading their roster this offseason.
Still, there is something to prove.
Last year, we were going to prove you guys wrong, said Geoff Blum, criticizing the general world view.
This year, you guys are picking us, and were going to prove you right. Were always listening.
It was a good season to be a D-back, and the easy camaraderie built in NL Manager of the Year Kirk Gibsons first full season in 2011 was evident in the clubhouse after their first full-squad workout at Salt River Fields on Saturday, when the position players joined the pitchers in camp in preparation for the first spring training games next weekend.
As in every year, goals are high. This time, a division title in seen as a weigh station.
Our expectations last year were to go to the World Se...
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kirk Gibson is not looking for a team of renaissance men.
Renaissance Festival men, however, are just fine.
Josh Collmenter and D-backs rookie pitchers Trevor Bauer, Charles Brewer, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs attended the Renaissance Festival in the far eastern Phoenix suburb of Apache Junction after their Saturday workout. The quintet wore period clothes...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes.) Ever since Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt stepped on a baseball field he has been able to hit the ball a long way.
The Diamondbacks know what Goldschmidt is capable of and expect the 24-year-old to contribute but they're not necessarily looking for power.
''I would be happy if he did what he did last year and nothing more than...
Former Pitcher John Patterson grew up in West Orange, Texas a city that ranks #5th for the worst place to live to avoid a natural disaster, and ranks #183rd best place to live in 2005. J-Patt was a big-time prospect after he was named a USA Today High School All-American, and was drafted 5th overall in the 1996 MLB Draft to the Montreal Expos. However the Expos lost his draft...
The Washington Nationals have checked in on outfielder Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Parra who won a Gold Glove last season, will become the team's fourth outfielder in Arizona with the signing of Jason Kubel to a two-year deal.
Parra, who can play all three outfield positions, would help the Nationals if Bryce Harper isn't ready...
Kirk Gibson addressed his team Saturday morning on the first day of full-squad workouts, and repeated a message that the organization has harped on all winter.
The Washington Nationals are interested in Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was the scouting director with the Diamondbacks when Parra signed with the team in 2004.
Parra is just 24 years old and under team control through the 2015 season. He is eligible for arbitration after this season. In his three seasons...
One year after he made controlling the running game a focus of spring training -- and saw the results pay off in the regular season -- Gibson is asking even more of his pitchers. He wants them to help themselves at the plate.
Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Charles Brewer and Patrick Corbin found medieval costumes in their locker stalls following Saturday's workout and were told they had to spend the afternoon at the Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction, Ariz.
The D-backs have not had talks recently with catcher Miguel Montero about a contract extension.
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The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to a report on MLB.com. A Diamondbacks source said the clubs are not currently discussing a trade.
There was a larger than usual crowd, highlighted by D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, around the batting cage as top pitching prospects Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs faced hitters Sunday.