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Sunday Notes: Low Strikes and Winter Deals

Last Sunday’s column included several perspectives on the strike zone. Arizona Diamondbacks’ senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson wasn’t one of the people quoted, but I did address the subject with him at the winter meetings. Watson told me his club is paying attention, and is thus aware the 2014 zone was […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs avoid arbitration with reliever Hernandez

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract. The contract is non-guaranteed, meaning he could be released in spring training and be paid far less. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Diamondbacks have four remaining arbitration...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Miley confident in health, diet after trade from D-Backs

      This embed is invalid   " /> Wade Miley could be pitching with a chip on his shoulder this season.   Miley, who was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Boston Red Sox last week, is joining his new club amid chatter that his preparation habits weren’t sitting well with his old club in the weeks leading up to the deal. The 28-year-old left...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Goodbye to Allen Webster

Along with Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster was the first of the “prospect hurlers” to be dealt away by the Sox. Obtained from the Dodgers in the 2012 megatrade, Webster pitched well at Pawtucket the last two years but was wildly inconsistent at the big league level. Nearly everyone who saw Webster pitch was impressed by his stuff. Signed by LA in 08, the 24-year-old pitched...
Via Fenway West
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks follow off-season script: Big bat, smaller payroll, young arms

 PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks did not make the biggest splash at the winter meetings last week. Chicago's teams did that, both the south- and north-siders. New Los Angeles Dodgers' president Andrew Friedman found creative ways to rework his unwieldy roster, also.  But the D-backs were plenty busy in their own way -- sticking to the plan laid out by chief of baseball operations Tony...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Will the Cuban Player Market Correct Soon?

The largest signing bonus ever awarded to a Cuban player was just handed to Yasmany Tomas by the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are serious doubts about his game. Is the market for Cuban players out of control? In what could easily become a yearly tradition, the most recent Cuban signee has a showcase video on youtube […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Officially Acquire Wade Miley From Arizona Diamondbacks

Wade Miley is coming to Boston. The Red Sox announced Friday that the club officially acquired the left-handed pitcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores. The Sox also traded minor-league righty Myles Smith for pitcher Zeke Spruill in a separate transaction...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs Fan Fest scheduled for Feb. 22

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Thursday that the 11th annual D-backs Fan Fest will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at Chase Field, with early VIP entry at 11 a.m. The free event will offer fans unprecedented access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field. Last year's event drew an...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tomas can opt out of deal after $36M and 4 years

SAN DIEGO (AP) Yasmany Tomas can become a free agent again after receiving $36 million during the first four years of his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Under the agreement announced Monday, the Cuban defector is guaranteed $68.5 million over six seasons. Tomas gets a $14 million signing bonus that is payable within 30 days of the deal's approval by Major League Baseball...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Miley is now available

Earlier this offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks weren’t too keen on trading starting pitcher Wade Miley. But now? They’re apparently trying to shed more payroll, and Miley has been made available. The Arizona #Dbacks are now trying to reduce payroll to $90 million; listening to offers for Wade Miley. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014 Miley is a pretty damn...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Now Set Sights Low On Wade Miley

(USATSI)Inexplicably, the Red Sox are reportedly pursuing a trade for Arizona Diamondback left-hander Wade Miley. Talk about your serious drop-offs! The 28-year old Miley was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA for an admittedly lousy D-Backs team. But in his four-year career, he is just over .500 (38-35) with a respectable—although not spectacular—3.79 ERA. He has pitched at or near 200 innings...
Via FenwayNation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #195: A.J. Pollock | OF | ARI

Last season A.J. Pollock got off to an incredible start, batting well over .300 with power and speed, before his season was cut short on May 31 by a Johnny Cueto fastball. Pollock underwent surgery and didn’t return until September. His end-of-season line was still respectable as he slashed .302/.353/.498 with 7 HR and 14 SB. This mini breakout happened gave us a glimpse of the...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Minor League Haul for Miguel Montero

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued retooling their farm system on Tuesday, as they sent veteran backstop Miguel Montero, and his 40 million dollars left on contract, to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers. Jefferson Mejia and Zack Godley head to the desert in the deal, but only Mejia is much of a prospect. Godley was a tenth round pick out of the University of Tennessee...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire Miguel Montero from Diamondbacks

The Chicago Cubs have acquired All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that has been in the works for a while now. Seen as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, Montero will also upgrade a catching position in Chicago that was less-than-stellar at the plate last season. Montero hit just .243 this past season, but earned an All-Star appearance...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs nearing deal with Diamondbacks for Miguel Montero

The Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, and the deal is expected to be done by the end of the day today. The Chicago #Cubs are on the verge of acquiring #Dbacks catcher Miguel Montero for prospects. Deal expected by end of day. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2014 Cubs incumbent catcher Welington Castillo hit .237/.296/.389...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks’ Mark Trumbo “definitely in play” for a Trade

After signing Yasmany Tomas to a 6-year deal earlier in the week, Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart made it clear that the D-Backs had “no interest” in moving outfielder Mark Trumbo. That statement was believed to be true until a conflicting report came out today by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports! reported that Trumbo was “definitely in play” during this week’s Winter Meetings...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Next up? Lefty bat, payroll flexibility

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have only begun their remake. Three trades in three weeks, it seems, is just scratching the surface. The D-backs continue to work on several fronts as the winter meetings approach on Monday. -- General Manager Dave Stewart on Friday said he remains in the market for a left-handed bat to fit in a right-handed-heavy lineup; outfielder Mark Trumbo is an untouchable...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Didi Gregorius drew this picture of Derek Jeter two months ago (PHOTO)

Didi Gregorius is either some kind of psychic or he's just as enamored of Derek Jeter as most young shortstops seem to be. Either way, Gregorius posted this drawing of Jeter to his Twitter account back in October. And, out of the blue on Friday, it was reported the Diamondbacks would be sending him to the Bronx to replace the iconic Yankee at short. Re2pect to...
Via The Other Paper
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees land Jeter's replacement in Didi Gregorius

With Derek Jeter riding off into the sunset, the Yankees needed a shortstop. The Diamondbacks were always somewhat natural trade partners, given the presence of both Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. With a little assistance from the Detroit Tigers, it sounds like the teams have finally struck a deal. The reported trade looks something like […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Evil Ones Looking To Fill Void At SS With Trade

Gregorius Headed To Bronx?One thing is for certain, the 2015 Bronx Embalmers have a lot of issues. Here are just a few: injury risk and age in the starting rotation, a steroid-using horse's rear end coming back and looking for playing time, an under-achieving free-agent catcher, an aging palooka at first base, and big holes at second and short. Kinda makes you smile. According to...
Via FenwayNation
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs rumors: Miguel Montero edition

Among many of the reported Chicago Cubs’ offseason targets is Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Miguel Montero. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks are open to listening to trade offers for the two-time All Star. Montero is under contract until 2017 and is owed $12 million in 2015 and $14 million in both 2016 and 1017 – a total of $40 million. For the Cubs...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yasmany Tomas, Diamondbacks Agree To Six-Year, $68.5M Contract

The island nation of Cuba has been churning out MLB prospects like fine cigars recently, and Yasmany Tomas appears to be the latest player to strike it rich. The 24-year-old outfielder has agreed to a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth $68.5 million, industry sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Wednesday. According to his sources...
Via NESN.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasmany Tomas agrees to deal with Diamondbacks

Deep down, I think we all knew that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas would end up with a mystery team. Sure enough, the mystery team has won once again. But I think the identity of this year’s mystery team has shocked most of us – it’s the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have agreed to signed Tomas according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The six-year, $68.5 million pact falls short of...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks sign Yasmany Tomas

This offseason has already been a pretty wild one for Major League Baseball, and we were thrown yet another curveball on Wednesday. The Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million. The Diamondbacks had not been considered a serious player for Tomas, while the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco...
Via Rumors and Rants
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson

About to wrap up a season that will see them finish with the worst record in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks and new executive Tony La Russa have fired manager Kirk Gibson. Tony La Russa cleans house, as #Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell http://t.co/xAFcfVtlbz — HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) September 26, 2014 It’s been an incredibly disappointing...
Via Sportsnaut
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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