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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Report: D-backs making teams aware Shelby Miller ‘is available’

This is a terrible indictment on their decision-making process.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly weighing change at manager

Who else can be blamed?

Sources indicated on Friday that the club was considering making a change, not exactly a stunning revelation in a season that ranks among the most disappointing in franchise history. Triple-A Reno manager Phil Nevin, who was a finalist for the managerial job two years ago, is expected to be a candidate if Hale is fired.

Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart would not answer specific questions.

“I don’t want to comment on rumors,” Stewart said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, diamondbacks

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heyman - Stewart Defends D-backs From Unnamed Accusations

The best way to answer the critics is to win.

The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.

Seems like an unlikely reason to make a deal, but that’s what they allegedly said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Monday, July 11, 2016

Zack Greinke may not return right after break | MLB.com

Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is still another day or two away from playing catch, so the D-backs right-hander will likely not be ready to return for the team’s first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Red Sox acquire Brad Ziegler from D-backs | MLB.com

Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.

To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trades

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Piecoro: Diamondbacks prospect Yoan Lopez leaves team again

Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.

Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ...

The Diamondbacks had high hopes for Lopez when they signed him in January 2015 for $8 million, a bonus that triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending limit. Club officials believed he could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

GM Dave Stewart: D-Backs pitchers have ‘underachieved’

If seeing a reliever stir in the pen bothers you, the coaching staff isn’t the problem.

Frustrations ran high on Friday night, with Corbin complaining that the coaching staff doesn’t show enough trust in the rotation.

Corbin said that after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh – the first hit he’d allowed after retiring 11 in a row – he saw the bullpen begin to stir and felt he needed to make perfect pitches to remain in the game. He wound up walking a the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters and giving way to Clippard, who gave up a grand slam to the Marlins’ Justin Bour.

“You just want some trust in you,” Corbin said. “Maybe show some trust in the starter that they can work their way out of that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

ESPN: Oral History: David Ross Hits His First HR, Off Mark Grace

Grace: I got a bad scouting report. I was told he was a good fastball hitter, so I threw a bad fastball and he still hit it a mile.

 


Saturday, June 04, 2016

Fox Sports: Anthony Rizzo almost tricked an umpire into thinking he was starting a fight

Give the catcher his throwing lane, damnit!

Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, and the first inning got off to a rough start for the star first baseman. In the first inning, Rizzo was beaned in the head by Diamondbacks catcher Wellington Castillo, who was simply trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher.

After taking the throw off the noggin, Rizzo turned to Castillo, his former teammate, and stared him down. He then playfully shoved the catcher before laughing about it. The push nearly fooled the umpire into thinking he was starting a fight with Castillo.

Interestingly, the footage supplied doesn’t show why the runner on second base was unable to advance to third.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 04, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, diamondbacks, goofy

Friday, May 06, 2016

Tony La Russa douses report DBacks manager Chip Hale is under fire | FOX Sports

Don’t worry. Tony thinks it’s all good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, diamondbacks, managers, tony la russa

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chip Hale upset with Rick Honeycutt | MLB.com

He was probably offended by their new uniforms.

D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Sunday, April 10, 2016

D-backs’ A.J. Pollock unsure when he’ll return | MLB.com

“If everything goes extremely well it’s going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities,” Sheridan said. “It could be the entire season, but I’m very hopeful and look forward to the day that we see A.J. run out of the dugout and take his position and have a good playoffs this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Saturday, April 02, 2016

AJ Pollock fractures Elbow

He will be out minimum 4 months and maybe miss entire season

shoewizard Posted: April 02, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks’ GM, wife navigate unique situation

Among those competing for a roster spot are catcher Chris Herrmann and reliever Enrique Burgos. Both are former clients of Stewart, the club’s GM. Both are current clients of Murray, the GM’s wife.

shoewizard Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, diamondbacks, general, general managers, legal

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Diamondbacks don’t care if you think they’re nuts | New York Post

More than any other 10 organizations combined? Ahh, no.

Because the Diamondbacks have endured more outside noise about how they do business than any other 10 organizations combined. “We’ve heard it,” manager Chip Hale said. How do you miss it?

They are the majors’ piñata, they just don’t seem to care much. You have a mom-and-pop franchise like the Rockies that operates outside the mainstream, and more scouting-centric franchises such as the Giants, Royals and Twins that have resisted letting advanced analytics steer their decision-making. But no organization is exactly like the D’backs. At a time when more clubs favor the passionless revelations of a computer, the D’Backs navigate by the twisting, turning emotions of their owner, Ken Kendrick, and the seasoned baseball guts of Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Friday, March 25, 2016

Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin sharp 2 years after surgery

I’m very big on Corbin this season.

In one respect Corbin is a different pitcher than he was in ’13. That season he used his changeup just 9.98 percent of the time, relying primarily on his fastball and slider. But he’s wanted to protect his elbow by throwing fewer sliders so the changeup has become a bigger part of his repertoire. He’s used it 16.49 percent of the time in spring training – comparatively, he’s thrown his slider 14.43 percent of the time – and it’s become an effective complement to his hard stuff.

“I think that will be just another weapon to get them off the slider,” Corbin said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Diamondbacks’ middle infield competition is going even better than they’d hoped | FOX Sports

This is not a problem.

Manager Chip Hale told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman on Thursday that he could go “Maddon-esque” and rotate the three players in the two spots.

General manager Dave Stewart, however, did not sound enthused about that idea.

“You could probably do that,” Stewart told FOX Sports. “But I don’t know how productive that would be for any of them, I really don’t. It will be a question that we would have to answer in the next week or two.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, March 07, 2016

Diamondbacks are going for it now while also keeping an eye on the future | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal has a crush on the Diamondbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Dave McKay’s hopes high for Yasmany Tomas’ defense

It’s nice expressing confidence in a player. I’m sure they will be very happy with close to average.

For outfield coach Dave McKay, the expectations on left fielder Yasmany Tomas’ defense are anything but tepid.

“No, average is out the door,” McKay said. “He’ll be much better than average. I like to say he’s going to be a good outfielder. Not an average outfielder, I’m saying he’s going to be a good outfielder.”

That’s asking a lot for player who rated among the worst defensive outfielders in baseball last season. But if the early returns in the Cactus League are any indication, Tomas could be in line for an improvement.

He hasn’t been perfect in left field, but he has been pursuing balls more aggressively than he did last year, twice going into the corner to field base hits faster than he did for most of last season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

D-Backs Pitcher Josh Collmenter Teaches Physics To Teammates

I have found this to be true.

“From what I’ve gathered,” Collmenter said, “pitchers are the more intelligent species anyway, so it’s a lot easier to talk to them than it would be some of the position players.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 09:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, josh collmenter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lorenzo Cain and A.J. Pollock Sign Atypical Contracts | FanGraphs Baseball

I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.

For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re receiving, the team is unlikely to end up behind with these contracts, but they are a departure from the deals that have been made over the past few years.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Diamondbacks, A.J. Pollock Agree To Two-Year Extension - MLB Trade Rumors

The Diamondbacks have struck a two-year deal to avoid arbitration with outfielder A.J. Pollock, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports on Twitter. He’ll receive $10.25MM in the contract, Buster Olney of ESPN adds (Twitter link).

Aug 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder

Pollock filed at $3.9MM, with the team countering at $3.65MM — both of which fell below his $4.3MM projection — so there wasn’t much room for movement on his 2016 salary. But Arizona may have saved a bit of cash on next year’s bill in order to help ease a settlement on this season’s payday.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

After death of son, seasons of struggle in Milwaukee, new Diamondback Jean Segura may finally blossom in Arizona desert | FOX Sports

Segura, who turns 26 on March 17, rejected a seven-year, $40 million extension with an option for an eighth year in the spring of ’14, according to major-league sources. He felt he deserved better, particularly since the Braves had just signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million deal.
...
“I think the change will do him good,” Roenicke said. “I really like how (the Diamondbacks) play. They’re aggressive. They’ve got some really good leadership with (Paul Goldschmidt). They all buy into it. The center fielder (A.J. Pollock) is a great player, and he buys into that kind of work ethic, too.

“(Segura) needs to be happy. He plays better when he’s happy. When he first came over (in the trade), he was smiling all the time. You’d walk by him in the batting cage, and he would be smiling, laughing.

“You didn’t see that much from him in ’14 and the beginning of ’15 (while Roenicke was still manager). Being around guys who are relaxed and having fun, that’s what makes me think he can get to back where he was.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, jean segura

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Brewers’ Quiet Upside Play | FanGraphs Baseball

There is no concern about the future in Arizona. It’s all about the now.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

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