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It’s still unclear whether the Diamondbacks will trade right fielder Justin Upton. But shortstop Stephen Drew appears to be generating enough attention to get moved.
The Pirates, Red Sox and Tigers are among the teams interested in Drew, according to major-league sources.
The Pirates’ .515 OPS at short is the worst in the majors. The Red Sox likely would use Drew as a backup infielder. The Tigers could play him at short or use him off the bench.
Drew, 29, is batting only .192 with a .496 OPS in 57 plate appearances after returning from a right-ankle injury that sidelined him for more than 11 months.
However, Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro wrote in the Arizona Republic on Thursday, “It seems like Stephen Drew hits more balls hard for outs than anybody on the team.”
Piecoro added, “The good news is, (Drew) seems to be moving and recovering well on his surgically repaired right ankle.”
The Diamondbacks are unlikely to exercise their end of Drew’s $10 million mutual option at the end of the season.
If they trade Drew, they could simply go back to Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald at short, the tandem that the team used earlier this season while Drew was injured.
-Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi
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PHOENIX For Justin Upton, trade talk appears over for this deadline season. For Stephen Drew, it may be just heating up.
"That's nice to hear," Upton said when told that Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said Thursday that discussions involving him were all but dead.
"He's a man of his word. I'm sure he wouldn't say that if it wasn't...
Trevor Bauer is headed back to the minor leagues for additional seasoning -- and hopefully improved control.
The Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they have optioned Bauer to Triple-A Reno and recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.
Bauer, Arizona's highly touted first-round draft pick in 2011, has struggled with his control in four starts since being recalled...
Joe Saunders made his second consecutive quality start Thursday since coming off the disabled list following the All-Star break, although he had nothing but a no-decision to show for it. His 4-6 record does not tell the story of his season -- he has received an average of 4.74 runs per game per nine innings as the pitcher of record this year, the third lowest among NL qualifiers...
Trevor Bauer’s first tour of duty in the big leagues is officially over as the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped the 21-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. The move came a day after the worst of Bauer’s four starts in the majors.
On Tuesday night he lasted only three innings in a 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He walked five, threw two wild pitches, had an...
The Arizona Diamondbacks returned right-handerTrevor Bauer to Class AAA Reno on Wednesday to refine his game, a day after the least effective of his four major league starts. Bauer never seemed to find a rhythm in a 4-0 loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday, walking five, throwing two wild pitches and making an errant pickoff throw. The Reds got only one hit off him, Ryan Ludwick'...
Following Trevor Bauer‘s Tuesday start against Cincinnati — three innings, five walks, one hit (a home run) and three earned runs — the Diamondbacks returned their top prospect to the minor leagues. In four starts with Arizona this season, Bauer lasted just 16.1 innings. He struck out 17 but walked 13 and allowed two home runs. The result is an ERA of 6.06, a FIP of 5.15, and...
According to Geoff Blum's official Twitter account, the Arizona Diamondbacks will announce later today that he will be released.
The Diamondbacks signed Blum to a two-year deal back in 2010. In two years with Arizona Blum hit .195/.267/.312 with 2 HR's, 11 RBI's and a 55 OPS+ in 86 plate appearances.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Bauer blew opponents away with superior stuff in his half-season in the minor leagues this year despite walking a batter every other inning. Bauer has not been able to get away with less than top command in his four starts in the major leagues, a point Cincinnati drove home behind right-hander Johnny Cueto in a 4-0 victory over the D-backs...
Here are the latest rumors on Justin Upton, with any updates throughout the day added at the bottom.
**Last night, Buster Olney had the following tweet about how the Pirates match up with Arizona.
It still appears the Pirates and the Diamondbacks don’t match up on a Justin Upton trade. PIT has pitching, but Ariz. priority is SS help.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jason Kubel returned from a sore hamstring and homered in his first two at-bats on Wednesday night, powering the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-1 victory that dropped the Cincinnati Reds back into a first-place tie in the NL Central.
Kubel was out of the lineup for four games because of the hamstring. He hit a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in...
The Diamondbacks could trade Justin Upton today if they wanted. Their inaction has nothing to do with lack of interest from the market. It's the return that's lacking.
The D-backs have said they would need to be bowled over: A deal that includes a top-of-the-rotation starter and an elite shortstop or third baseman, all of whom are controllable for at least as long as the...
Could the Red Sox look to add another member of the Drew family before this season's trade deadline? FOXSports.com reports that could be an option, as the Sox are reportedly one of several teams interested in Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew. He, of course, is the brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew. The Pirates and Tigers are also showing interest in the...
PHOENIX -- Against a last place team with two wins in its last 18 games and a starting pitcher on a six-game losing streak, anything but a win Friday might have made even the strongest believers question whether the Diamondbacks can still turn their season around and reach the postseason.
The believers can keep on believing for at least for one more day as the D-backs took care...