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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AZCentral: Miley’s Preparation Apparently an Issue for DBacks

AZ FO taking a page from the Red Sox playbook?

Miley doesn’t think there is anything wrong with his diet and believes his work ethic is where it needs to be. He admits it wasn’t always that way.

“My first couple of years going into camp, I hunted more than I worked out,” Miley said. “It was kind of a wake up call.”

...

Miley said he didn’t want to go into specifics about his diet but did make a passing reference about not being gluten free. He said he wished the team were more willing to tailor its approach toward individuals rather than having everyone doing the same things.

Also, looks like Boston has cornered the market on pitchers with rib injuries (after jump)...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: celiac disease, diamondbacks, diet, red sox

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Red Sox obtain Wade Miley

Good deal for the Red Sox. Webster and De La Rosa have talent but really need to improve their command.

RedSox have agreement in principle for Diamondbacks Wade Miley, sources tell me and Jon Morosi. AZ will get Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and a minor leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:59 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trade, wade miley, winter meetings

Red Sox discussing Wade Miley trade with Diamondbacks - Over the Monster

I would like this pickup.

The Red Sox need to find someone to top their rotation, and that’s been the major focus of the offseason to this point, but let’s not forget that the middle and back-end of the rotation are also in need of upgrades: the only pitchers on the roster at this moment who probably should be in 2015’s rotation are Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz. The Sox have not forgotten this, as they are in active trade discussions for Diamondbacks’ pitcher Wade Miley, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Marlins are also discussing Miley with Arizona.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Sunday, December 07, 2014

McManaman: Didi Gregorius’ stint as Derek Jeter’s replacement won’t last long

Thinking…

There’s a reason why two teams have already given up on Gregorius before he turns 25. He can’t hit. That’s why he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup on the worst team in baseball this past season.

Think about that for a minute.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, didi gregorius, yankees

Source: Dodgers’ trade of Ethier to D-backs falls through | FOX Sports

The owner nixed the deal because Montero is one of his favorite players. You have to love it when owners hire baseball people to run their teams and don’t let them do it.

Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?
The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.
Under the proposed trade, the Dodgers would have sent Ethier and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Diamondbacks for Montero and lower-level prospects, sources said.
Ethier, 32, is owed $53.5 million over the next three seasons, plus a $2.5 million buyout. Montero, 31, is owed $40 million over the same term. The Dodgers would have included significant cash to help cover the difference, sources said; the exact amount is not known.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, trade rumors

Friday, December 05, 2014

Yankees To Acquire Didi Gregorius In Three-Team Deal With D-Backs, Tigers

Didi has big shoes to fill, although those shoes don’t necessarily have to cover much ground.

Tigers, whether or not this works out, most likely got FISTERED!

The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have completed a three-team trade that will send Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rosenthal adds that Robbie Ray will indeed go from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks and Shane Greene will be heading to the Tigers.


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Source: Tomas agrees to six-year deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Drury among 5 added to 40-man roster

Diamondbacks tinker with their roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, November 17, 2014

D-backs Announce Analytics Department

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Dr. Ed Lewis as the team’s Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization’s increased efforts in those areas and work closely with Assistant GM Bryan Minniti, Baseball Operations Data Analyst John Krazit and Baseball Operations Coordinator Sam Eaton, with additional staff likely to be added. Lewis will report to General Manager Dave Stewart, who made the announcement.

shoewizard Posted: November 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, sabrmetrics

Saturday, November 15, 2014

D-backs land Hellickson for two prospects | MLB.com

“In just about every deal that we’re going to do, I’m going to try and get as much information as I can, first of all,” Stewart said when asked what he liked about Hellickson. “I touched base with a lot of people to find out about him, people who had seen him pitch and people who know him. One, they said he was competitive. And I’ve seen him pitch on a couple of occasions and he commands his fastball and throws to both sides of the plate, he pitches inside well and he changes speeds well, which is the definition of a pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New baseball rules will evolve, Torre says : Sports

La Russa mentioned this in an interview yesterday. What is Ed Lewis’ expertise? Apparently he’s a vet who plays the stocks.

La Russa’s next major move will be unveiling Arizona’s new department of analytics. To run it he’s hired Ed Lewis, who helped initiate and run Cardinals Care more than a decade ago. La Russa said that baseball’s advanced math has been an asset Arizona hasn’t utilized but he stressed that his management will only employ analytics until “the first pitch has been thrown.” Then he wants the people factor to take over.

(Edited to add link to Tweets about his background. Jim)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Deadspin: Curt Schilling Debates Evolution On Twitter

And here we thought he was just a terrible businessman.

Seriously, a seven-year-old with a rudimentary public school education is more informed about science than Curt Schilling. Below is a selection of the absolute dumbest tweets, but if you have a half hour and want to laugh/weep/hate read—or maybe all three at once—go check out his timeline, where he’s still going strong as of this posting.

eddieot Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 173 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, dumbass, phillies, red sox

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mets exploring options for shortstop - Newsday

Sorry, the Diamondbacks don’t have “earth shattering” talent at shortstop.

The Diamondbacks also have shortstops to offer and have received calls on Didi Gregorius. But to consider moving a shortstop, GM Dave Stewart said he’d need an offer that he considers “earth shattering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mets

Monday, November 10, 2014

O’Brien sharpening skills behind the plate in AFL | dbacks.com

The guy can hit a little bit. At this point in time, he is faaaaaaar away from being a major league catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Monday, November 03, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks appear willing to move catcher Miguel Montero | FOX Sports

This is an odd rumor. Unless the the team is ready to risk starting Pete O’Brien, it doesn’t really have a replacement ready.

Montero, 31, is owed $40 million over the next three seasons. And though his offense declined in 2013 and ‘14, he still could be a realistic alternative for teams that strike out on free-agent catcher Russell Martin, particularly if the D-Backs help pay down his remaining obligation.
The D-Backs want to upgrade their starting pitching, but team president Derrick Hall told the Arizona Republic in September that the team’s payroll is expected to drop from an Opening Day figure of about $112 million last season to the $100 million range in 2015.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, miguel montero

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad

Monday, October 13, 2014


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Diamondbacks narrow list of potential managers

The sources would not identify the three candidates, but a report by USA Today listed four finalists for the position: Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Diamondbacks Triple-A manager Phil Nevin and former major-league manager Jim Tracy. Sources would not confirm nor deny the names in the report.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, managerial search

Friday, September 26, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks fire Kirk Gibson

Only 15 minutes before a press conference set to announce their new leadership team in baseball operations, the Diamondbacks announced they have fired Kirk Gibson and will immediately begin a search for a new manager.

Bench coach Alan Trammell also has been fired.

Gibson was the National League’s manager of the year in 2011, the year the Diamondbacks won 94 games and the National League West. The club went 81-81 each of the following two seasons. This year, they have the worst record in the majors at 63-96. Gibson went 353-375 as Diamondbacks manager.

“Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years,” La Russa said in a statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kirk gibson, managers

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diamondbacks set to offer pitching great Dave Stewart the GM job - CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have decided to make pitching great Dave Stewart an offer to become their next GM, sources close to the team said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:42 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Monday, September 08, 2014

Kevin Towers’ replacement to help decide Kirk Gibson’s fate with Diamondbacks

Sabermetrically inclined general manager or entry-level student, what’s the difference?

La Russa intimated that the scouting department would get stronger if Towers were to remain and oversee it.

La Russa believes analytics and metrics can play an important role “before the game, but not during the game,” and sees it as an area the club can “beef up.” He said that might come in the form of a more sabermetrically inclined general manager. But it might not.

“It could be something that’s just (hiring) an entry-level student who just became professional or it might be somebody who has already been involved in our game,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kirk gibson

Friday, September 05, 2014

http://www.azsnakepit.com/2014/9/5/6109413/kevin-towers-fired-as-diamondbacks-gm

Towers’ tenure has been marked by a slew of trades and player personnel moves that left many in the game scratching their heads. His most significant trade, the deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, was widely questioned when it was made in January 2013 and looks lopsided nearly two seasons later.

But scratching one’s head has been about the only fun to be had in Phoenix for years now…

frannyzoo Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, grit

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Inside the ‘Zona: Who’s Steering This Ship?

Last week, a really wonderful piece on [Tony] La Russa was published at Sports On Earth, written by John Perrotto… one little nugget, pertaining to owner Ken Kendrick, in Perrotto’s work stood out in particular:

some in the Diamondbacks’ front office believe Kendrick gets too involved in the baseball end of the operation.

Two sources — one currently in the organization and one now working for another club — confirmed that it was Kendrick who told Towers to sign outfielder Cody Ross and right-hander Brandon McCarthy as free agents during the 2012-13 offseason against the objections of the baseball operations department.

... [Kendrick] slammed both Stephen Drew and Justin Upton in the media a few years back in what can only be described as poor PR and presumably lowered his bargaining power on the open market when trying to deal the two players… He later publicly declared that Trevor Bauer needed to “grow up” and that probably wasn’t the best use of the airwaves, either. His employees have noticed this detrimental behavior, as my personal sources inside the organization can confirm the off-the-cuff nature of Kendrics and his unprofessionalism at times…

this does impact my view of Kevin Towers… If he’s had to make transactions to appease ownership rather than managing the organization as he sees fit, being micro-managed to some degree, then we don’t really know how to evaluate him…

since La Russa’s hiring in May, we haven’t heard much from owner Ken Kendricks. And maybe that’s the takeaway: La Russa has served as the bridge between Kendrick and Towers, presumably working with Kevin to make smart baseball decisions while assuring ownership of the work that’s being done. There’s no doubt that Kendrick respects and values La Russa’s knowledge and experience, likely more so than Towers’. The hands-on management hasn’t done the Diamondbacks any favors, and if La Russa can insulate the baseball operations from ownership, the organization might prove to be moving in a better, more level-headed direction.

How the rest of it plays out is yet to be seen, but if La Russa can keep Kendrick from meddling in player transactions, then I’d say it’s a hire well worth making. We’ve already seen the alternative, and that’s something that can’t continue.

(h/t MLBTR)

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kevin towers, tony la russa

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