7-21-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks refused to shine light on the contract extensions for both GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson prior to the 2014 season but details of both deals came to light this week. Both men were given one year deals which could make any potential personnel moves or firings a lot easier for Tony LaRussa. The Padres may want a reunion with Kevin Towers to fill their vacant General Manager position although San Diego has not reached out to Arizona just yet. While Arizona has struggled all season they have improved recently and have climbed out of the cellar in the NL West. They have leap frogged the Colorado Rockies and jumped into 4th place in the division this week.
7-19-14: In his first game since being recalled from the minors, Trevor Cahill gave up three runs in five innings. Arizona’s bullpen performed better, as it gave up just one run in four innings on Friday. Paul Goldschmidt slugged his 17th home run of the season as a part of the sixth inning that gave Arizona the lead for good in its 5-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs.
7-17-14: After digging themselves an 8-22 hole to open the season, the Diamondbacks have since played .500 baseball. They are still in last place in the NL West and their chances of closing a 13 ½ game deficit are slim. One bright spot has been Paul Goldschmidt has been one as he is again putting up MVP-caliber numbers. The five-year, $32 million extension he signed in March of last year looks good now.
7-15-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost their most durable player in starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo to the dreaded Tommy John surgery. Arroyo actually made six starts with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and was one of the more durable players in all of Major League Baseball before the tear. The Diamondbacks already have the worst record in the National League with a 40-56 record at the break and the loss of Arroyo will only compound the Diamondbacks struggles this season. The Diamondbacks will undoubtedly be sellers this trading deadline but are likely to hold on to Wade Miley, Chris Owings, AJ Pollock, Brad Ziegler, Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Archie Bradley, and Braden Shipley at this year’s deadline. Coincidentally or not their shortstop Didi Gregorious was not mentioned on the untouchable list for Arizona.
7-14-14: The Diamondbacks have played pretty well this past week. Although their start to July was not too good, they bounced back to take two of three games from the Miami Marlins. On Wednesday, All-Star Paul Goldschmidt hit a walkoff two-run double in the 10th inning in the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 victory. Arizona activated Mark Trumbo from the disabled list on Friday, but the Diamondbacks did not score a run in their 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
7-10-14: Addison Reed blew his fifth save in 25 attempts Tuesday night as the Diamondbacks fell to the Marlins 2-1. Reed, who is now 1-5 on the year, allowed a two-run homer in the ninth inning to Marlins centerfielder Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna’s home run was the ninth home run the closer has allowed in 38 appearances. Reed has also blown three of his last 13 save opportunities. Paul Goldschmidt hit his major league-leading 34th double Tuesday.
7-7-14: Although the Diamondbacks fell on Wednesday, they won Thursday’s game to avoid being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rookie David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run, four runs batted in and two runs scored in Thursday’s 10-2 victory. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks could not produce much offense on Friday at Atlanta in their 5-2 loss.
7-3-14: The Diamondbacks thought Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh was theirs for the taking. Starling Marte’s game-tying, two-run double off Arizona starter Wade Miley in the ninth inning gave the Pirates hope. Marte then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis' single two batters later off closer Addison Reed as the Pirates came back for a 3-2 victory. Miley, who is winless since May 10, retired the first 14 batters he faced and allowed four hits in eight-plus innings of work while striking out 10.
7-2-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are in full sell mode and Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy look like they will be the first to go. Pricey players such as Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez, Eric Chavez (if he can stay healthy), and Joe Thatcher could also be had for instant salary relief. Arizona is still on the hook for JJ Putz’s $3.86 million in salary after releasing him this week. Putz was designated for assignment last week and has cleared waivers and been released and is now free to sign with any team. The Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is still on the hot seat and even without being fired he is still said to be in the discussion to replace the Padres GM Josh Byrnes in the same position. The Diamondbacks are actually improved lately but still find themselves too far back in the NL West division with a record of 35-48 and a fourth place finish, tied with the San Diego Padres but winners of the tie breaker.
6-30-14: After splitting their series with the Cleveland Indians earlier this week, the Diamondbacks started their series with the San Diego Padres on a good note. Brandon McCarthy notched his first victory since May 3 after throwing seven innings of one-run ball on Friday. Unfortunately, Arizona stood at 14 games below .500 after that contest.
6-26-14: Never has a game at Chase Field lasted longer than the one played between the Diamondbacks and Indians Tuesday night. Arizona's Aaron Hill won it with an RBI single in the 14th inning, as the Diamondbacks beat the Indians 9-8. Arizona and Cleveland had used their entire bullpens and left 31 runners on base. At 5 hours, 32 minutes, it matched the longest game in Chase Field history. The other was a 10-9 Diamondbacks' victory against St. Louis back on April 3, 2013.
6-24-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo has been placed on the 15 day disabled list for the first time in his career after he sprained his UCL. An MRI showed no structural damage and Arroyo is not in jeopardy of getting Tommy John surgery, at least not now, but will still be on the DL for at least a few weeks. The Diamondbacks seem ready to sell and have announced that any player on the roster not named Paul Goldschmidt are available. Martin Prado would be an interesting trade piece for many teams and Mark Trumbo could add some right handed pop to any contending lineup. Bronson Arroyo may have to be an August waiver trade as he will probably not have enough time to prove he is healthy before the trading deadline.
6-18-14: The Diamondbacks remain the laughingstock of the NL. They are 3-7 in their last ten game played and have dropped two straight against Milwaukee including Tuesday night’s game 7-5. Their demise came in the seventh inning when reliever Evan Marshall was ejected for hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch. After Marshall’s ejection, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam to center on Brad Ziegler's first pitch. Arizona sits 14 1/2 games back of San Francisco.
6-17-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated starting pitcher Trevor Cahill for assignment although he will stay in the organization. The D Backs have optional waivers for Cahill meaning if he clears waivers and accepts a minor league assignment, which he has said he would be willing to do, he could be stashed away in Triple-A for depth. Arizona also activated JJ Putz off the 15 day DL and added third basemen Eric Chavez to the 15 day DL while recalling infielder Will Harris from Triple-A Reno. If the Diamondbacks lose Cahill that will be a huge blow to the organization that gave up Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill, and Ryan Cook to acquire him and Craig Breslow after Cahill received a five year extension worth $30.5 million from Oakland. Cahill is owed $7.7 million for the rest of this season, $12.3 million in salary guaranteed in 2015, and has two club options for 2016 and 2017 that Arizona is likely going to have to eat if Cahill does not go down to the minor leagues.
6-10-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without outfielder A.J. Pollock for at least the next eight weeks after the team announced that a right hand fracture surgery would be needed. Pollock has been one of the few Diamondbacks exceeding expectations while sporting a triple slash of .316/.366/.554 with six home runs in his age 26 season. The Diamondbacks selected Touki Toussaint with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday out of Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida. The D’Backs took a chance on drafting pitcher J.B. Bukauskus out of high school, signability scares and all, but lost the gamble as Bukauskus will honor his intent and go to college at the University of North Carolina.
6-3-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Tony LaRussa two weeks ago to head their baseball operations and still nobody around the league, including Diamondbacks employees, know exactly what it will mean to the team. With that said it is unclear if veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo will be traded and whether LaRussa will have the last say in the matter. Also it is unclear if the Hall of Fame manager had anything to do with the purchasing of Double-A’s David Peralta’s contract. Either way the Diamondbacks are far out of the race in the National League West division and will be definite sellers at this year’s trading deadline.
5-28-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to get praises across to the league for their signing of Tony LaRussa to head their baseball operations. For now the Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers is safe and will be reporting directly to LaRussa on all trades and personnel moves. Speculation has already began that LaRussa will really be calling the shots when it comes to player moves and Towers has officially lost the power struggle and will simply be, in his words, a “psuedo-GM.”
5-21-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks may have made the first move in the line of moves to rid themselves of manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers by hiring Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa to top their baseball operations department. More importantly the D’Backs kept LaRussa away from division rivals like the San Francisco Giants who were also said to be interested in hiring the Hall of Fame manager. The Diamondbacks are still struggling but are improving and currently sit at 18-28, which is good for last place in the National League West division, but are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are over 10 games out of first place in the National League West division and are already looking to sell at this year's July, 31 trading deadline. Arizona could trade middle infielder Aaron Hill and super utility All Star Martin Prado to rebuild and retool while they wait on Patrick Corban, David Hernandez, and Archie Bradley to recover from injuries. Veteran third basemen Eric Chavez could also be available for a contender who needs a left-handed power bat off the bench. The Diamondbacks still have Kirk Gibson as their manager and Kevin Towers as their General Manager at least for now despite their struggles on the field.
5-7-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are showing no signs of coming out of the basement of the National League West any time soon and are in a bitter fight with the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in the National League. Speculation is running rampant pertaining to the job security of manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers but it's not looking good for either of them right now. It's not like the D Back's have been without injuries though as Patrick Corbin and David Hernandez have both had Tommy John surgeries, top pitching prospect Archie Bradley is currently on the disabled list, and relief pitcher JJ Putz was placed on the DL recently with right forearm tightness. The Diamondbacks may or may not turn it around this season but I do not think that either Gibson or Towers will be around to see the end of the season.
4-28-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks wheels have come off the first month of 2014 with one of the worst records in the National League and in Major League Baseball. It has gotten so bad in Arizona that the players are vocally showing their support for manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers in hopes of helping them keep their jobs. The Diamondbacks have struggled inside the National League West division and have the worst run differential in all of baseball, and this was before one of their best power hitters in Mike Trumbo went on the disabled list for at least the next six weeks. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite Arizona Diamondbacks into the game.
4-14-14: Things haven’t gotten much better for the Arizona Diamondbacks since losing their first two games of the season in Australia. Arizona has baseball’s worst record at 4-11, and just got swept at home by the L.A. Dodgers in a weekend three-gamer. They rank dead-last in team ERA (5.95), and they’re allowing opponents to hit a whopping .283 against them. Mark Trumbo has been one of the very few bright spots, as he leads the league with six home runs and 18 RBI’s.
4-7-14: Arizona is a team that would probably like to hit “reset” on this season already. The D-Backs are 2-7 out of the gates, and have already lost three series. One bright spot has been the play of Mark Trumbo, acquired in the offseason in a trade with the L.A. Angels. Trumbo has already clubbed five home runs in nine games this season, and has knocked-in a league-leading 13 runs, as well. He’s homered in four straight, and will take his power show to San Francisco in a series beginning Tuesday.
4-1-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks got their 2014 season started earlier than most, but couldn’t do so in a positive fashion, dropping two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1 and 7-5. The D-Backs came up just short in a high-scoring tilt in the desert on opening day, as well, losing 9-8 to the San Francisco Giants. Miguel Montero made things interesting with a home run in the 9th off of Sergio Romo to bring Arizona to within a run, but Sergio Romo was able to retire Gerardo Parra, Eric Chavez and A.J. Pollock to end it.
3-27-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks lost 23 year old left-handed starting pitcher Patrick Schuster in the Rule 5 Draft by the San Diego Padres but have recently been offered the first overall choice in the draft back after not making the Opening Day roster in San Diego. That's the good news, the bad news is the Diamondbacks have never won a game in the country of Australia and are 0-2 to start the 2014 season. The Diamondbacks dropped the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the two game Opening Day series played in Australia. Now the team is back in the states and playing out their Cactus League schedule waiting on the rest of the league to catch up and start their seasons as well. The Diamondbacks were hit hard by injuries and stayed relatively quiet this offseason but will still be there in the National League West all season long.
3-20-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have likely lost their ace starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery, a common occurrence the last couple of weeks with multiple pitchers getting the diagnosis. The Diamondbacks are obviously in the market for a starting pitcher now and are dangling Didi Gregorious, one of their many young shortstops, as a trade piece to acquire one. Gregorious was the incumbent starting shortstop for the snakes but has recently lost his starting job to fellow prospect Chris Owings, who outshined him this spring camp for Arizona. The New York Yankees seem like a likely trade candidate as Arizona is also still in the market, albeit quietly, for a backup catcher and insurance policy for Miguel Montero. The best news to come out of Arizona spring camp though has to be that 18 inch corndog that is stuffed with cheese, jalapenos, and bacon for the low price of only $25.
3-13-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are running in the middle of the pack in the Cactus League this year in spring training after a busy offseason. The D' Backs acquired new left fielder Mark Trumbo and he is already hitting Trumbombs in Arizona. The snakes are also holding a shortstop competition with Chris Owings and Didi Gregorious which will make one man the starter and the other likely headed out of Arizona in a trade, possibly for a backup catcher for Miguel Montero. Patrick Corbin, Bronson Arroyo, Wade Miley, Addison Reed, and the rest of the pitching staff should keep Arizona in any game they play in which is always great news. Go buy a ticket to swim in that pool in right field and watch the snakes go for another National League West title and a potential NL MVP award for Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks season will start in Australia when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers starting on March 22.
3-5-14: Newly acquired Bronson Arroyo was scratched from the spring-training start due to a stiff back. However the news isn't all bad for Diamondbacks pitching as Archie Bradley struck out six batters and pitch preschool settings in his spring-training debut against the Colorado Rockies. Bradley's fastball was clocked anywhere between 92 and 96 mph on Monday. As far as opening day is concerned Patrick Corbin has given been given the nod to start when the team opens the regular season in Australia.
1-24-14: After narrowly missing out on a National League West division crown last season the Arizona Diamondbacks are out to improve upon where they left off a year ago. The Diamondbacks made a trade for the heavy hitting Mark Trumbo to help provide some offensive support for their budding superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
1-7-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the middle of trade rumors regarding JJ Putz. There are several rumors swirling regarding the Yankees and the Brewers as possible landing destinations for JJ Putz. JJ Putz has become expendable to the Diamondbacks because of the acquisition of Addison Reed. Regarding the infield of the Diamondbacks they have come to an agreement to re-sign Eric Chavez to play third base for the Diamondbacks. John is has a home in Phoenix and was a member of the Diamondbacks last year.
12-9-13: The Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to be busy this off-season but recently lost out on two outfielders one of which was their own in Chris Young who went to the Mets. Rumors on the hot stove say that the Diamondbacks were in play for Carlos Beltran and in fact offered him a more lucrative contract and the Yankees did. However last week Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees agreed on a three-year deal worth $45 million. The National League West was not one of the more competitive divisions and the Diamondbacks were able to finish in second place with only 81 wins giving them a 500 record. They finished 11 games out of the division lead but did put together a decent home record of 45–36. 32-year-old outfielder Cody Ross is recovering from off-season hip surgery and will apparently resume running at the end of the 2013 year.
8/21/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks are in second place and trail the division by 7.5 games. They're six and four in the last 10 games. Last night the Diamondbacks pulled out a road victory in Cincinnati and won the game 5 to 2. Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts. Both Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt homered in the game. Over the weekend the Diamondbacks will travel to Philadelphia for a three game series against the Phillies. The Diamondbacks are 45 games out of the wildcard.
8/6/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks have fallen out of first place and are now in second place with a record of 56 – 55. They have lost two straight games and will face the Tampa Bay rays this week.
7/31/13 - The DBacks have traded Ian Kennedy to the Padres in exchange for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, Class A reliever Matt Stites and a sandwich pick between the second and third rounds of the 2014 draft.
7/19/13: The NL West is one of the weaker divisions in baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place while being just 5 games over .500. With a record of 50-45 the D-backs have a 2.5 game lead for the division. Before the break, Arizona went 6-4 in their last 10 games. When play resumes they will face their division foes the SF Giants. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in virtually every offensive category, including batting average, home runs as well as RBIs. Arizona ranks 14th in the MLB in terms of runs scored with 399. Ian Kennedy will face Chad Gaudin on Friday when the season resumes.
7/7/13: Left-hand pitcher Patrick Corbin, and first basement 1B Paul Goldschmidt were named 2013 National league All Stars. This is the first All-Star appearance for both players.
6/12/13 - The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place of the NL West division with a record of 36-29. With upcoming matchups against the Dodgers and Padres, they will look to continue the small success they have had so far this season. Led offensively by Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt, the D-backs have a balanced attack at the plate. Pitching wise it is Patrick Corbin leading the way with a perfect 9-0 record and an ERA of 1.98. The 23 year old lefty is in just his second year in the majors and already dominating.