Arizona Diamondbacks News
9-28-16: The Diamondbacks, who decided against picking up the option of senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson’s contract for 2017, have had a disappointing season that continued recently. The Baltimore Orioles swept the visiting Diamondbacks, but Arizona bounced back at Washington on Monday. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks could not make it two wins in a row on Tuesday.
9-12-16: Arizona’s week was a frustrating one, as its two-game winning streak stopped on Monday, and the team went on to lose each of its six games against the Dodgers and Giants. Shelby Miller, who has lost each of his last five starts, toes the mound on Monday, as the Diamondbacks attempt to stop their losing streak on Monday evening.
8-30-16: On Sunday, the Diamondbacks continued to alternate losses and wins, as they blew out the visiting Cincinnati Reds in Sunday’s rubber match. A.J. Pollock, who was activated from the disabled list and stepped to the plate for the first time this season on Friday, went 3-for-5 with two runs and two stolen bases in Sunday’s 11-2 win. Yasmany Tomas also homered for the 27th time this season.
8-22-16: On Saturday, the Diamondbacks received seven innings of one-run ball and a whopping 13 strikeouts from National League Player of the Week Robbie Ray, as they won, 2-1. However, Saturday proved to be the lone Arizona win in its four-game series at San Diego. The Diamondbacks do not receive any rest, as they take on the Atlanta Braves in another four-game set.
8-15-16: Arizona’s pitching struggled over the weekend, and Zack Greinke was the biggest culprit, as he allowed nine runs to the Red Sox in 1.2 innings on Sunday at Fenway Park. The Diamondbacks, who swept the New York Mets at Citi Field last week, were then swept by Boston. On the bright side, Michael Bourn homered for the third time this season in Sunday’s loss.
8-8-16: The Diamondbacks, who will get Zack Greinke back into the rotation on Tuesday against the New York Mets at Citi Field, looked strong over the weekend after stopping their four-game losing streak. In Sunday’s rubber match against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, Jake Lamb homered for the 24th time this season, as Arizona won, 9-3.
8-3-16: The Diamondbacks, who traded Tyler Clippard to the New York Yankees, continued to struggle at home, as they dropped each of the first two games of their three-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals. In Tuesday’s loss, Yasmany Tomas homered for the 18th time this season, and Jake Lamb launched his 22nd home run of 2016.
7-26-16: The Diamondbacks’ season is not looking like a successful one, as rumors have surfaced that the organization could fire manager Chip Hale. In the meantime, he will hope to move the team out of last place in the National League West division. With Monday’s 7-2 loss at Milwaukee, Arizona is 1.5 games behind the fourth-place San Diego Padres.
7-19-16: National League Player of the Week Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 in Friday’s 13-7 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he did not score a run in the contest. However, he went 5-for-8 with three runs, two doubles, one triple and one home run combined in the final two contests of the series. The Diamondbacks won each of those games by one run.
7-14-16: The Diamondbacks look to continue to rebuild, as they traded Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for prospects. Arizona then went on to suffer a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. On Sunday, Madison Bumgarner shut out the Diamondbacks’ bats, as Arizona had just one hit and one walk.
7-7-16: The Zack Greinke-less Diamondbacks scored the first and last runs of Wednesday’s rubber match against the visiting San Diego Padres, but Shelby Miller continued to struggle. He allowed six runs in five innings, and Arizona’s bullpen allowed seven runs in four innings. On the bright side, Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb homered on Wednesday.
6-29-16: The Diamondbacks have been unlucky with injuries this season, and the injury bug got to Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, as he left the game with left oblique tightness. He lasted just two innings and allowed one run, but Brad Ziegler’s ninth inning lost the game. Ziegler blew the save and lost the Diamondbacks’ fourth straight contest.
6-21-16: Shelby Miller received all the run support necessary early on in Monday’s victory, as the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the first inning and completed the four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. Arizona’s pitching looked strong in Philadelphia, as Miller threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball and won his second game of the season.
9-29-15: All four of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on home runs on Sunday, as Arizona defeated the San Diego Padres in the rubber game, 4-2, at Petco Park. David Peralta launched a solo home run in the fourth inning. Then, leadoff man Ender Inciarte homered in the fifth and seventh frames. Inciarte went 4-for-5 in the Diamondbacks’ final road contest of the season.
9-25-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot of work to do shortly after the 2015 World Series wraps up including making major decisions on some of their players currently under contract. That list of players that are set to hit free agency this winter includes Jeremy Hellickson, Josh Collmenter through a team-option, Jhoulys Chacin and relief pitcher David Hernandez. Chacin may be the most interesting name on the list as he is unlikely to make more than the $5.5 million deal he worked out with the Colorado Rockies this winter before being released by the team. Chacin has had to settle for minor league deals with the Cleveland Indians and the Diamondbacks before making his way back to the Major Leagues with Arizona. Chacin has done enough to catch the attention of Tony LaRussa who stated that Chacin could work his way into the 2016 rotation in Arizona as a 27-year older.
9-23-15: A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Drury all homered on Tuesday, as the Diamondbacks won their second straight game at Dodger Stadium. For Goldschmidt, it was his 30th of the season. Drury’s home run was the first of his career. In addition, Robbie Ray threw six scoreless innings in the 8-0 win.
9-18-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks have had one of the worst seasons in Major League Baseball in 2015 and instead of playing meaningful games in September the team is fielding questions about their 2016 plans. The main questions that GM Dave Stewart is fielding at this point in the season is whether the team will lock up center fielder A.J. Pollock and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to long-term deals to build around their young core. Right now the company line is that the organization will not approach Goldschmidt about a long-term deal this winter but the team did praise Goldschmidt for his on the field performance and stated that they will do everything they can to keep him in an Arizona Diamondbacks jersey for as long as he wants to. Pollock on the other hand has three more years of team control through the arbitration process and has already expressed a desire to sign a long-term deal with Arizona. Arizona may choose to take the contract that the Cleveland Indians handed to Michael Brantley when he had three years of team control left, a deal worth four-years and $25 million, as a road map to keeping Pollock in the desert past the 2018 season. Joining Goldschmidt and Pollock on the team long term is going to be a front-line starting pitcher this offseason, at least that’s the plan for Arizona’s GM Dave Stewart who feels like the team is finally ready to compete in 2016.
9-15-15: The Diamondbacks’ losing streak moved to three games on Monday, as they fell to James Shields, Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres, 10-3. Jeremy Hellickson started and allowed five runs in just one inning pitched. The Diamondbacks also committed three errors in the game. Although they collected nine hits on offense, they scored just three runs.
9-11-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks have their eyes on the 2016 season at this point of the year and have reportedly been focusing on moving second baseman Aaron Hill. Hill is set to make a whopping $12 million in 2016 and does nothing but put the pressure on the team’s budget and causes a logjam in the infield for minimal production. If Hill was traded during the month of September he would not be eligible for postseason play with his new team but Arizona would benefit from the salary relief that comes along with the trade. The Diamondbacks have shown a willingness to package good young talent in a deal with a bad contract to facilitate a trade, see the Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint trade with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers for an example, and could do the same with Hill if the team gets desperate enough to move him. The team would preusmably use that newfound money to work out an extension with center fielder AJ Pollock who is quietly having a great season in the desert in 2015. Pollock has slashed .315/.366/.497 over the past two seasons with Arizona while averaging 18 home runs and 38 stolen bases a season.
9-7-15: On Sunday, the Diamondbacks fell for the fourth consecutive time, as they fell to seven games below .500 on the season. Welington Castillo homered for the 18th time this season and Nick Ahmed added his eighth homer of 2015, but Arizona’s three-run ninth inning fell short in the 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
9-4-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks began this week by losing one of their players to an August revocable trade waiver claim before the August 31st trade deadline came and passed. Toronto added first baseman/outfielder Danny Dorn from the Arizona Diamondbacks after Dorn spent parts of the last seven seasons inside the Triple-A affiliate for Arizona. Dorn has produced great minor league numbers in his career slashing .386/.444/.618 in 305 plate appearances although that production has not translated to his Major League career to date. Speaking of minor league pitching the deal that sent relief pitcher Addison Reed to the New York Mets was finalized this week when it was announced that the Diamondbacks would receive 24-year old pitcher Matt Koch and 23-year old Miller Diaz back in the deal for Reed. Kochis currently in Double-A and has posted a 3.46 ERA while splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen while Diaz has pitched to a 4.71 ERA in High-A this season in a shade over 124 innings pitched.
8-31-15: The Diamondbacks got a home run from David Peralta on Sunday, but they fell in extra innings in their rubber game against the visiting Oakland Athletics, 7-4. Allen Webster pitched five innings and allowed three runs, but only one run was earned. Arizona fell to four games below .500 with the loss.
8-28-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks have waited literally all season to get veteran catcher Gerald Laird off the disabled list and the wait was finally over this week. After just two at bats this season Laird was placed on the disabled list but that doesn’t mean he will get a third. After activating Laird off the 60 day disabled list the team decided to designate their catcher for assignment after acquiring Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Welington Castillo during his DL stint. None of the other 29 MLB franchises took a chance on Laird forcing the Diamondbacks to give him his outright release thus ending his tenure in Arizona. The Diamondbacks also went on record this week that the team wanted to expand their viewership and broaden their horizons by adding more variety and diversity to the organization. The team specifically mentioned a desire to add a Japanese born player or an impact player that was born in Mexico or other areas outside the Continental United States. Team President Derrick Hale mentioned specifically his time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization when Hideo Nomo first came over from Japan to the Major Leagues and remembered how crazy and fun “Nomomania” was inside Dodgers Stadium.
8-24-15: The Diamondbacks bounced back from losing two of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to sweep their four-game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds. Chase Anderson threw 6.2 shutout innings in Sunday’s 4-0 victory that completed the sweep. However, the Diamondbacks hit into four double plays on Monday, as they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3.
8-21-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks began the week by placing one of their relief pitchers on revocable trade waivers, right-handed pitcher Addison Reed. Reed was once thought of as an up and coming closer for Arizona after the Diamondbacks traded top prospect Matt Davidson for him but it has been all downhill since then. Arizona handed Reed the closer job in his first season before he quickly lost it to fellow right-hander Brad Ziegler. Reed has spent much of the 2015 season in Triple-A for the Diamondbacks but worked his way back up to the Major Leagues and has made the best of the situation. Reed has allowed just one run in 10 IP since his promotion back to the show which may lead to Arizona selling high on him as they try to unload the remaining $1.33 million of his $4.875 million base salary for the 2015 season. While Reed may be on his way out the future of the Diamondbacks is finally ready to make his debut. The #1 overall pick from the 2015 MLB First Year Player’s Draft, Dansby Swanson, suffered a concussion during a simulated game which kept him from making his professional debut until this week. Swanson was assigned to Class-A Ball in Hillsboro to begin his professional career.
8-19-15: During the first half of their 10-game road trip, the Diamondbacks have alternated losses and wins. After losing two of three games at Atlanta, Arizona has split the first two contests of its three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Tuesday’s attempt to move back to .500, the Diamondbacks fell, 9-8, in 15 innings.
8-14-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks head into this week still searching for a closing pitcher after failing to acquire one at the July 31st trading deadline. The Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart made it abundantly clear that the left-handed closer of the Cincinnati Reds Aroldis Chapman was his main target at the deadline and although Stewart failed to acquire Chapman it was not for lack of trying. The Diamondbacks never really came close to acquiring Chapman before the deadline although the team did get relatively close to acquiring Jeremy Hellickson before the calendar changed to August. While Arizona continues to work on a deal for Chapman they also have been quite busy in the August revocable waivers market as they have already made two deals in the first two weeks of the month. Arizona first sent infielder Cliff Pennington to the Toronto Blue Jays in a deal that Toronto feels is the last missing piece to their puzzle which followed the trade of relief pitcher Oliver Perez to the Houston Astros. Toronto sent minor league shortstop Dawel Lugo to Arizona in exchange for Pennington while the Diamondbacks added minor league left-handed pitcher Junior Garcia in the deal for Perez.
8-7-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks stood pat at the July 31st trade deadline for the most part last week and when you look at some of the trade proposals that went on you can understand why. The San Diego Padres were adamant in trading their closer Craig Kimbrel this summer and even offered him to Arizona in exchange for their first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart immediately rejected the deal that would have sent possibly the best first baseman in Major League Baseball to their division rivals. While Arizona did not offer Goldschmidt in any deal they did offer one of their top prospects Braden Shipley along with one or two more prospects in their Top Ten for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. Cincinnati decided to hold onto Chapman at the deadline but the offer of Shipley and others had to at least be enticing for the Reds before the deadline.
8-7-15: The Diamondbacks were unable to win their four-game series against the Washington Nationals, as they lost, 8-3, on Thursday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the third time this season in the loss that dropped Arizona to three games below .500 in 2015. Arizona will look to get another winning streak going as it hosts the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.
8-3-15: The Diamondbacks did not make any trades in late July, but they are holding onto a positive run differential after losing on both Saturday and Sunday to the Houston Astros. Before those losses, Arizona had won each of its previous six games. The Diamondbacks’ pitching has been very strong recently, except in Saturday’s 9-2 loss.
7-31-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. Despite the thought process that Arizona could be selling the team has thrown their hat in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes as the team looks to buy with the future in mind. Hamels has a ton of money left on his deal, $22.5 million annually from 2016-2018 and a $20 million option for 2019, and could be the final piece to jumpstart Arizona’s rebuilding process. Arizona has just over $27 million in future commitments for the 2016 season meaning the Diamondbacks are one of the few teams that could swallow the financial commitment and wait for the club to rebuild around Hamels rather than with the Phillies left-hander. Arizona is not just looking to solidify their starting rotation as the team has also had discussions with the Cincinnati Reds regarding their closer Aroldis Chapman. Arizona’s GM Dave Stewart did not characterize their discussions with Cincinnati as likely to result in a trade as it looks like the Diamondbacks are simply doing their due diligence with almost every potential trade target this season.
7-28-15: On Monday, the Diamondbacks won their third straight contest and moved to just four games below .500 on the season. Paul Goldschmidt reached base safely four times in the 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field; he homered for the 22nd time this season and walked three times.
7-24-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks started their week off by signing first overall pick Dansby Swanson to a deal just minutes before the deadline to sign picks from the 2015 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft. Swanson, the college shortstop drafted first overall out of the University of Vanderbilt, ultimately signed a deal worth $6.5 million a mere two minutes before the 5:00 pm ET deadline on July 17th. Speaking of the draft the Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the lucky teams to receive a Competitive Balance draft pick in the 2016 MLB First Year Players Draft. Every season six teams pick in the Compensation Round A immediately after the first round of the draft while six other teams pick after the second round in the Compensation Round B and the Diamondbacks were one of those lucky teams. Arizona earned the 4th pick in the Compensation Round A of the draft giving the Diamondbacks an extra draft pick due to their limited payroll, small market and lack of on the field success in recent years.
7-22-15: After winning their first game since the All-Star break on Monday, the Diamondbacks fell to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, 3-0. Jeremy Hellickson threw seven innings of two-run ball and had six strikeouts, but Arizona’s offense continued to struggle. A.J. Pollock collected two hits, but the rest of his teammates combined for three.
7-17-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks started this week off by making at least three of their players available in potential trades before July 31st. The three players that GM Dave Stewart may be trading off this month are RHP Addison Reed, RHP Jeremy Hellickson and infielder Aaron Hill. Reportedly all three players have garnered some interest from other teams as Arizona continues to rebuild the team from the inside out. Speaking of rebuilding the team the club went down to the absolute wire with top overall pick Dansby Swanson. Swanson was the shortstop for the University of Vanderbilt and as a Scott Boras advised client went down to the Friday deadline with the club. Swanson is expected to sign a deal before the deadline comes and goes and should actually save the Diamondbacks some money as far as slot recommendations go, although the team may not need the savings and are not guaranteed to sign any of their hard to sign draft picks. Arizona has been building their team for the last two or three seasons now as the team has gone full rebuild mode and may begin to see the fruits of their labor as soon as the 2016 season.
7-13-15: On Sunday, Paul Goldschmidt homered for the 21st time this season, but his Diamondbacks only could muster three runs on five hits against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Rubby De La Rosa gave up four runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in 3.2 innings, as Arizona lost, 5-3, and were swept in the three-game series.
7-8-15: Patrick Corbin, who returned for his first start since Tommy John surgery, threw five innings of two-run ball on Saturday, as the Diamondbacks won their third straight game. After Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Arizona traveled to Texas. Every Diamondbacks starter reached base on Tuesday, as they defeated the Rangers, 4-2.
6-17-15: The Diamondbacks’ four-game winning streak ended on Tuesday with their 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. A.J. Pollock drove in a run for the third consecutive game. Jeremy Hellickson threw six innings of two-run ball in the loss. However, the third-place Diamondbacks swept the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.
6-5-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks finally called up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia this week after losing their 31 year old catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to a torn ACL in his knee. Gosewisch was getting his first shot at being a starting catcher in his major league career and has to be disappointed that this was the way his season ended. This has to be exciting for both Arizona and Saltalamacchia though as the veteran catcher faced a June 1st opt-out date before his call up just three days before the decision had to be made. While the team now has their catcher pretty much set in stone they may not have a left fielder for much longer as the team is having internal discussions regarding the potential trade of Mark Trumbo at this year’s trading deadline. The team decided to ultimately trade Trumbo well before the trade deadline when they dealt him to the Seattle Mariners for catcher Wellington Castillo, a relief pitcher and two prospects. Seattle acquired Nuno and Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Wellington Castillo, RHP relief pitcher Dominic Leone, outfield prospect Gabby Guerrero and infield prospect Jack Reinheimer. Trumbo is earning $6.9 million in 2015 and is under team control for the 2016 season before hitting free agency before the 2017. Trumbo looks to add a potent bat to the 28th best offense in the league for Seattle while Castillo adds a legitimate backup catcher for Arizona to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Arizona Diamondbacks finally called up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia this week after losing their 31 year old catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to a torn ACL in his knee. Gosewisch was getting his first shot at being a starting catcher in his major league career and has to be disappointed that this was the way his season ended. This has to be exciting for both Arizona and Saltalamacchia though as the veteran catcher faced a June 1st opt-out date before his call up just three days before the decision had to be made. While the team now has their catcher pretty much set in stone they may not have a left fielder for much longer as the team is having internal discussions regarding the potential trade of Mark Trumbo at this year’s trading deadline. The team decided to ultimately trade Trumbo well before the trade deadline when they dealt him to the Seattle Mariners for catcher Wellington Castillo, a relief pitcher and two prospects. Seattle acquired Nuno and Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Wellington Castillo, RHP relief pitcher Dominic Leone, outfield prospect Gabby Guerrero and infield prospect Jack Reinheimer. Trumbo is earning $6.9 million in 2015 and is under team control for the 2016 season before hitting free agency before the 2017. Trumbo looks to add a potent bat to the 28th best offense in the league for Seattle while Castillo adds a legitimate backup catcher for Arizona to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
6-1-15: After being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, the Diamondbacks took two of
their three games over the weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt
had a terrific series, as he had three hits in each contest. Half of his six hits on Saturday and Sunday were home runs.
5-30-15: The Arizona Diamondbacks have had Tony LaRussa at the top of their baseball operations for exactly one year this week and the team is reportedly pleased with the progress the organization has shown. In his year with the team LaRussa has made some notable trades including, but not limited to, the Rubby De La Rosa for Wade Miley trade with the Boston Red Sox, the Trevor Cahill trade with the Atlanta Braves that allowed the team to bump Archie Bradley into the starting rotation, the acquisition of Allen Webster from the Boston Red Sox and the international signings of Yoan Lopez and Yasmany Thomas. LaRussa has the top pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Player’s Draft this year and has no clear and concise plan at this time for how he will handle the draft. There are many mock drafts out there including the mock draft from Keith Law and many names including Brendan Rodgers, Tyler Jay and Carson Fulmer have been linked to Arizona in recent weeks with that first pick. The team is still a few years away from contention at this point so the team would likely draft a younger player with more upside with the pack rather than a safe bet with a college player.
5-26-15: Although the Diamondbacks went 1-2 during Memorial Day weekend, the team seems to be in a good position in the National League West. They stand at 21-23 in third place
behind two of the strongest teams in Major League Baseball in the Dodgers and Giants.
Monday’s game in St. Louis was a 3-2 loss, but Mark Trumbo homered for the seventh time this season.
5-12-15: The Diamondbacks were down by double-digit runs early on Monday night against the
visiting Washington Nationals, so manager Chip Hale decided to replace Paul
Goldschmidt with Jordan Pacheco after just one at-bat. Coincidentally, Arizona’s only
run in the 11-1 loss came on Pacheco’s solo home run. Even with the loss, they are just two games out of second place in the division.
5-5-15: Before Monday’s postponement due to rain in Colorado, the Diamondbacks had fallen to 10-14 on the season after being swept by Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. National League Player of the Week Paul Goldschmidt brings his hot bat back to Coors Field for the remaining two games of the series.
4-29-15: Mark Trumbo went 4-for-4 with a triple and a 400-foot home run in the Diamondbacks’ 12-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. In addition, David Peralta hit his third home run of the season. Unfortunately, Archie Bradley was forced to leave the game in the second inning after being struck by Carlos Gonzalez’s line drive, but Bradley did not suffer any concussion symptoms or facial fractures.
4-21-15: Paul Goldschmidt moved into a tie for the most home runs by a National League player this season on Sunday, as he hit his fifth home run in the Diamondback’s 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. The victory won the four-game series for the Diamondbacks. Last Wednesday, Arizona recalled outfield prospect Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A Reno to be a bat off the bench for the Diamondbacks.
4-14-15: Paul Goldschmidt hit home runs in the Diamondbacks’ victories on Friday and Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the latter contest, Archie Bradley threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts. Although Arizona could not complete the sweep of the Dodgers on Sunday, the Diamondbacks played their first road game of the season on Monday and defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-4.
4-2-15: On Monday, Trevor Cahill made the team’s rotation, so Daniel Hudson will be pitching out of the bullpen when the Diamondbacks begin their season on April 6 against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Arizona’s catching depth is weak, so the team signed
Gerald Laird to a five-day extension that will give the organization a bit more time to see if it will sign him.
3-19-15: Josh Collmenter, who will start on Opening Day for the Diamondbacks, threw four
scoreless innings and gave up just two hits in Tuesday’s victory over the San Francisco
Giants. On the same day, top positional prospect Brandon Drury, who has been hitting
very well this spring, left the game after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.
3-3-15: Last week, first baseman and outfielder Mark Trumbo won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks. He will receive $6.9 million in 2015 instead of the $5.3 million that Arizona was offering. Meanwhile, Trevor Cahill is using a new arm slot in spring training. He is now throwing almost straight over the top in attempts of bouncing back from a bad 2014.
2-17-15: The Diamondbacks and right-handed closer Addison Reed avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.875 deal on Friday. He can earn an additional $50,000 with incentives. Reed has amassed more than 100 saves combined with the Chicago White Sox and the Diamondbacks over the last three seasons. He has appeared in greater than 60 games in each of those three years.
2-11-15: There has been some recent news with Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers, as they get ready to report to Scottsdale spring training on February 19. Daniel Hudson, who is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, will begin spring training as a starter, but
still might be a reliever during the beginning of the regular season. Last week, Arizona
also signed catcher Gerald Laird to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
10-1-14: With 64-98 record, the Diamondbacks were the worst team in baseball in 2014. Housecleaning is already underway as general manager Kevin Towers was fired in the middle of September. The club then got rid of manager Kirk Gibson during the final week of the season. In 2014, Arizona's starters posted the second-worst ERA in the NL.
9-30-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their search for a new GM this week and finally announced their pick in Dave Stewart. Stewart was also named the senior vice president so he will essentially replace Kevin Towers in all aspects of his new job. De Jon Watson was also a finalist for the job and has been hired away from the Los Angeles Dodgers to be the senior vice president of baseball operations in Arizona. Both men will report directly to Tony LaRussa. Stewart had been around the game recently acting as a player agent and will have to give up that position to become the GM for the Diamondbacks as the 57 year old will transfer his players such as Matt Kemp, Cha Billingsley, and Chris Carter to former teammate Dave Henderson. The Diamondbacks finished the week and finished an awful season by firing their manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammel. The team allowed Trammel to stay on long enough to manage for the final three games of the season before his ultimate dismissal. While the team searches for a new manager their Triple-A manager and former Padres player Phil Nevin looks to be the early favorite to land the job. Arizona finished the 2014 season with a 64-97 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: A four-game sweep at the hands of the Rockies over the weekend, and now the Diamondbacks have dropped to last place in the NL West. They’re just a half-game worse than the Texas Rangers in the race for the No. 1 pick. One positive for Arizona has been the way Josh Collmenter has thrown the ball down this last month. Over his last six starts, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 1.24 ERA and 0.779 WHIP.
9-23-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks continued to search for a new General Manager to replace Kevin Towers this week and Tony LaRussa has named some finalists for the job. The first name we learned was in the finalists pool was that of De Jon Watson, the assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona also has a bit of a catcher’s competition going on right now with rookie David Peralta and veteran Cody Ross. Ross was placed on the disabled list this season and essentially lost his job to Peralta but now the shoe is on the other foot as Peralta recently was placed on the 15 day DL. Ross is now trying to earn back the trust of the club and is also working towards staying in Arizona in 2015. Ross has an $8.5 million salary for next season and has lacked in terms of production for two full seasons now. With the Diamondbacks likely to cut payroll after this season Ross is an obvious trade or non-tender candidate this winter.
9-18-14: The Diamondbacks rebounded to take a series from the Padres over the weekend after being swept by the Giants to begin last week. So far this week, the D-Backs have split two games with the Giants. They are now two games up on the Rockies in the push to avoid a last-place finish in the NL West. Rookie third baseman Jake Lamb is a player to watch the rest of the way as he could be the everyday guy at the hot corner next season.
9-16-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks and chief baseball operations manager Tony LaRussa are now searching for a new general manager after the dismissal of former GM Kevin Towers. The list of potential replacements for the Arizona job include the Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, the Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque, and agent and close friend of LaRussa Dave Stewart. Other names that have been mentioned are the Tigers assistant GM Thad Levine, former GM of the Miami Marlins Larry Beinfest, and the Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson. Whoever the next GM of the Diamondbacks is will likely have less money to work with than the 2014 GM as Arizona is likely to drop their payroll down from the current $112 million mark to a number closer to or below $100 million. That should not be difficult to do with Martin Prado and his $11 million AAV along with Eric Chavez retiring and others leaving via free agency. Arizona has roughly $67 million already committed to players for the 2015 season not including arbitration cases for Cliff Pennington, David Hernandez, Wade Miley, Addison Reed, and Mark Trumbo.
9-12-14: After Arizona split a four-game series with the Padres in San Diego, the Dodgers swept them this past weekend and the Giants have taken one game from them this week, leaving them a half game up from last place in the NL West. Arizona did welcome back four players from the disabled list, as Daniel Hudson, Cody Ross, A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings were all activated last week.
9-9-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have made some bad personnel decisions over the past few seasons and are more and more grateful to have Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa calling the shots inside the organization. This all came to light after the team and Kevin Towers parted way and the general manager job for the team became vacant. The trades of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves looks worse and worse and Upton continues to produce in Turner Field while the trade of Martin Prado continues to look like a good one for the New York Yankees. Arizona did sign Aaron Cunningham this week to another minor league deal after releasing the 28 year old this August to try and add some outfield depth at Triple-A Reno to help soften the Upton and Prado losses.
9-4-14: Arizona closed out the month of August with a series win over the lowly Colorado Rockies.
They went 4-2 against Colorado, but 5-16 against the rest of the league in August. That’s not
going to win any awards anytime soon. Starter Brad Ziegler took the loss Tuesday, giving up
a walk off home run in his team's 2-1 defeat against San Diego. The Diamondbacks will have
some interesting roster decisions to make in the offseason.
9-2-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall spoke about the Tony LaRussa hiring and the futures of General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Matt Williams recently in an interview on MLB Network Radio and said the team is close to deciding on the future of both Towers and Williams. The Diamondbacks seem ready to make a decision on these two and begin the building of the 2015 club sooner rather than later. Hall also praised the signing of LaRussa and is excited to see Larussa’s long term plan for the team take shape. Part of LaRussa’s future plans may include outfielder Nolan Reimold as he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays this week. Reimold is under team control for the 2015 season as he enters his final season of arbitration eligibility. Reimold only earned $1.03 million in 2014 and should not receive anything more than a modest raise in 2015 making him an attractive piece for Arizona going forward. Speaking of 2015 Arizona announced a cautious approach with prized left hander Patrick Corbin when the team stated he would not be back before June of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
8-27-14: Last week, the Washington Nationals swept the Diamondbacks, but the D-Backs bounced back to win a series against the San Diego Padres this past weekend. Starter Josh Collmenter snapped out of a rough patch that saw him go 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA in his previous four starts. He pitched 8.1 innings of shutout ball versus San Diego on Friday. Arizona began a three game series with the Dodgers on Tuesday and loss the game 9-5.
8-26-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks trimmed their 40 man roster a tad when Bradin Hagens was outright to Triple-A. Hagens, 25, is fresh off making his major league debut with Arizona throwing 2.2 innings in two games while allowing a run and four hits. Hagens has split time this season in Double-A and Triple-A and has posted a combined 3.95 ERA in 120.2 innings. The move may be in preparation for September call ups next month or Arizona may have a deal on the table with another team although nothing is being reported as imminent. Arizona also announced that manager Kirk Gibson is expected to retain his managerial job at least through the 2015 season, a bode of confidence that has to help Gibson in his day to day managing of the team.
8-20-14: It’s been a tough season for Arizona, but the team has managed to bring along a good crop of young talent into the majors this season. Third baseman Jake Lamb is the latest call-up as he looks to cement his place as the everyday option at third for next season. They got smoked by Washington Tuesday 8-1, but they have a ton of salary cap room and look for them to make a splash in the offseason.
8-19-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have been scouting the next Japanese starting pitching prospect Kenta Maeda heavily and may be the early favorites to add him next winter. Maeda is 26 years old and would really help the Diamondbacks both on the field and in Japan as the team attempts to improve their presence in Japan. Arizona has already added former first round pick and top prospect Brett Jackson from the Chicago Cubs this week for minor league reliever Blake Cooper. Jackson will be stashed in Triple-A Reno for the Diamondbacks after being claimed off revocable waivers before the trade. Arizona has released outfielder Blake Tekotte just two weeks after trading for him from the Chicago White Sox presumably to make room for Jackson in Triple-A.
8-13-14: For an Arizona team that was already having a rough season, losing superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a broken hand was the last straw for this year's Diamondbacks. They can be counted among the handful teams just looking forward to the year being over. Their game with Cleveland on Tuesday was postponed due to rain in the Cleveland area. The game will be made up Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.
8-12-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks started the month of August by placing starting pitcher Wade Miley on revocable waivers. This does not necessarily mean that he will be traded though as he can clear waivers or can be brought back off waivers if claimed with no repercussions for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks may lose Miley this month but they added an outfielder to stash in Triple-A for the rest of the season in Xavier Paul. Paul has been with the Baltimore Triple-A squad before being released and was slashing .254/.316/.431 with 12 home runs before the release. While Arizona signed one player they lost another after designating infielder Andy Marte for assignment. Marte was once considered to be a Top 10 prospect in all of Major League Baseball and never could harness his potential as a major league third baseman.
8-6-14: The Royals started early and often Tuesday battering Wade Miley for 10 runs and 10 hits by the fifth inning as Arizona was dismantled by the Royals 12-2. Miley had been sharp over his previous six starts, going 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA, including 6 2/3 scoreless innings his last outing. Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock, who has been out since June 1 with a broken right hand, was 0 for 5 in his first game with Triple-A Reno.
8-5-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks were in sell mode at this year’s trading deadline as they traded away multiple pieces this July 31st. First the team traded away outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers and acquired minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda in return. Arizona then saved some money in trading Martin Prado to the New York Yankees for catcher Peter O’Brien and a player to be named later or cash considerations. Prado was signed through the 2016 season for over $22 million and that space being cleared off Arizona’s books will certainly help. Arizona lost another third baseman this week as well as Eric Chavez announced his retirement after battling multiple knee problems over the year.
7-30-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the worst records in Major League Baseball this season but many fans shouldn’t expect a fire sale from the team this trading deadline. Arizona seems inclined to keep Martin Prado and Brad Ziegler while holding onto their depth at shortstop, namely Didi Gregorious, until this offseason. The Diamondbacks may listen on Addison Reed but a deal being struck is still considered to be a long shot at this point of the season. The Diamondbacks are expected to be asked for permission to speak to their GM in Kevin Towers from the San Diego Padres as they still search for a general manager to replace Josh Byrnes. There has not been any indication of whether Arizona would allow their general manager to speak with another team during the season.
7-28-14: The Diamondbacks, who are on pace to miss the postseason for the third consecutive year, are now looking towards 2015. They are shopping Aaron Hill while they continue to struggle on the field. Arizona dropped two of three games against the Detroit Tigers and lost their series opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
7-24-14: Aaron Hill drove in three runs and followed Miguel Montero's two-run single in the eighth inning with a game-ending diving stop, to help the Diamondbacks beat the Tigers 5-4 Tuesday night. David Peralta tied a team record with two triples and the much maligned Addison Reed had his 24th save for Arizona, which has won five of their last six home games.
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.