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Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

From a monetary standpoint, it was an outstanding off-season for free agent pitchers. But, will the teams benefit from or regret these big money decisions down the line? Here are the ten signings that will result in the best return value. 10. Wei-Yin Chen It’s not an insult to say that Chen doesn’t have the stuff reminiscent of an ace. It’s reality. Still, his effectiveness...
Via The Sports Daily
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October. For Atlanta, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, there's little hope of getting to the 2016 postseason following decisions to jettison veterans and rebuild for the future. Colorado and San Diego also have...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL West Spring Training Preview

A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:------Los Angeles DodgersManager: Dave Roberts (first season).2015: 92-70, first place, lost to Mets in NLDS.Training Town: Glendale, Arizona.Park: Camelback Ranch.First Workout: Feb...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL West teams at the start of spring training

A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: --- Los Angeles Dodgers Manager: Dave Roberts (first season). 2015: 92-70, first place, lost to Mets in NLDS. Training Town: Glendale, Arizona. Park: Camelback Ranch. First...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

New rotation enough for Arizona Diamondbacks to be true contenders?

One of the biggest problems the Arizona Diamondbacks had last year was with their pitching. They had one of the best offenses in the National League, but their starting pitching could not keep up with the production of their offense. Going into this offseason the management decided that they had to address the team’s rotation. Everything was quiet for a while, but then on Friday...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Spent Big, but They Did It the Right Way

Investing big money long-term in the offseason to players outside your organization isn’t usually the way to win, especially if that’s how you are building your team. However, it is possible to spend big in the offseason and have it translate to on-field success. See the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have a young nucleus in players such as Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Continue to Make Waves, Signing Tyler Clippard to 2-Year Deal

After making a splash earlier in the offseason when he signed free agent starter Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart made another splash Monday, this time solidifying the back end of his bullpen. Early on Monday, sources close to the club announced that they had the parameters for a deal with 31-year-old former Nationals set-up man Tyler Clippard. By the...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seeking offensive upgrade, Dodgers' Brett Anderson gets custom Josh Donaldson bat

When Zack Greinke defected from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this offseason, it left the Dodgers with a big hole...and not just in the rotation.Greinke, of course, is one of the league's best-hitting pitchers. Lefty Brett Anderson, meanwhile, isn't.To wit: for his career, Anderson holds a career line of .092/.157/.138 in seven seasons...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dbacks may be done making big moves, says GM Dave Stewart

The Arizona Diamondbacks have had one of the most eventful offseasons of any club so far, but they might be finished retooling for 2016. After grabbing headlines by dramatically winning the Zack Greinke sweepstakes in December and picking up shortstop Jean Segura from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade involving Aaron Hill this week, GM Dave Stewart told MLB.com's Steve Gilbert that...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview

Arizona has been busy this offseason, bringing in Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to make a formidable top three in its rotation along with Patrick Corbin. They did lose one intriguing offensive fantasy asset in Ender Inciarte, whom they traded for Miller, but the D’Backs just brought in Jean Segura to try and recoup some of that lost offense. That won’t happen, but the desert...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Los Angeles Dodgers Won the Offseason

After a disappointing end to the season, Dodger fans wanted the front office to make moves that would push them from their usual first round exit from the playoffs to World Series champions. The team with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball by an astounding amount, still has not won a World Series in this century. The abrupt ending resulted in the firing of manager Don...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks: Offseason in Review

A lot has changed since the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first, and only, World Series in 2001. While the organization is still relatively young, established in 1998, the team has struggled to remain consistent and has been unable to put together a winning record since 2011. That was also the last year that the team made the playoffs, but fear not Diamondbacks fans, 2016 will be...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela taunts Zack Greinke for leaving Dodgers

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Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela taunts Zack Greinke for leaving the Dodgers

Fernando Valenzuela appears to be at the forefront of another mania in Los Angeles – only this time it's not about him.As the legendary lefty took the stage at the Dodgers FanFest on Saturday to address the estimated 25,000 fans in attendance, he mocked starter Zack Greinke for choosing to not return to the Dodgers and instead sign a lucrative deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela takes shot at Zack Greinke for leaving Dodgers

He may be 55 years old now, but Fernando Valenzuela is still proving himself to be a national treasure. The legendary Dodgers pitcher made an appearance at the Dodgers FanFest event on Saturday, taking the stage and throwing some shade at right-hander Zack Greinke for leaving the team over the winter, per Dodgers Nation. Fernando Valenzuela getting ready to hit the stage! #DodgersFF...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Andre Ethier laments losing Zack Greinke: 'It hurts big'

While the Los Angeles Dodgers have filled out their pitching rotation this offseason, there will be a noticeable difference without talented right-hander Zack Greinke, a void one of the Dodgers' veteran players couldn't help but acknowledge on Wednesday.Outfielder Andre Ethier, who has played 10 seasons with the Dodgers, values just how substantial Greinke's impact was on LA's rotation...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Missing Free-Agent Class of 2017

Featuring Chris Davis, Zack Greinke, Jason Heyward, David Price, and Justin Upton, this offseason’s free-agent class was one of the best in recent history. Of that group, Davis, Heyward, and Price entered free agency with the minimum six years of service time, while Greinke was taking his second bite at the free agency apple and Upton had his slightly delayed by a contract extension...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB hot stove: 50 richest free agent signings

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke talks to the media during a press conference, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. Greinke could have stayed with the Los Angeles Dodgers or gone up the coast to the San Francisco Giants. Instead, he signed a massive contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, dramatically shifting the landscape in the NL West. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri...
Via NJ.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Rotation Depth is Key

After a very up and down winter in which moves were being made around the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally joined the action with a series of moves to help bolster their pitching staff. With Zack Greinke electing to go to division rival Arizona, the Dodgers countered by signing All-Star left hander Scott Kazmir to a three year deal. Kazmir is coming off a solid season in which...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

When Brewers Pitchers Hit, It Ain’t Pretty

Over the past fifteen years, the Brewers’ pitchers have been roughly average at the plate, at least depending on how one chooses to interpret the numbers. Their cumulative .345 OPS ranks tenth out of all thirty teams, but it is of course remembering that they — along with the rest of their National League brethren — have a significant advantage over their American League counterparts...
Via BP Milwaukee
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale Names Zack Greinke the Diamondbacks Opening Day Starter

Who would have ever thought at this time last year Zack Greinke would be starting opening day for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016? I’ll be the first to admit it, if you gave me 10 tries I still would have been wrong. But after signing a six-year, $206.5 million dollar deal, Greinke will be taking […]
Via Baseball Essential
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Arizona Diamondbacks Need to Sign Howie Kendrick

Along with the Chicago Cubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks have to be considered the big winners of the 2015 MLB offseason. The D-backs shocked everybody signing the top pitcher on the free agent market, Zack Greinke, to a six year $304 million dollar deal in early December, and then Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart made a trade for Braves […]
Via Baseball Essential
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Players with Abnormally Strong Walk Years Get Paid More

There is enough literature out there to debunk the theory that players generally play better in the year prior to free agency. Anecdotally speaking, this season, we saw top pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke, and David Price have solid years in line with their established levels. Jason Heyward and Justin Upton also produced seasons that resembled their career numbers. Meanwhile...
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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