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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.
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“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

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal: Segura, Wagner headed to Arizona for Anderson, Hill, Diaz

“The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that sent shortstop Jean Segura and Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal, presumably to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran’s three-year contract.”

Scott Lange Posted: January 30, 2016 at 06:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

Friday, January 15, 2016

Shelby Miller hopes his luck changes with Diamondbacks

Somewhere Brian Kenny is smiling.

“It opened my eyes about how baseball really is and how wins and losses (for a pitcher) don’t really matter so much, but, at the same time, how great they are,” Miller said. “I want to win every game I pitch. It’s a crazy game and you can have a good game and still get the loss.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Dave Stewart: D-backs want to keep Draft pick | dbacks.com

I’ve read some criticism of Stewart for not wanting to give up the pick to sign Kendrick. Since the D’Backs are rumored to be talking to Kendrick, it seems he made the statement to lower Kendrick’s asking price. I doubt the difference between Kendrick and the other second base options would be worth losing the pick anyway.

“We’re not going to give up the pick,” Stewart said of the D-backs, who have the 37th selection (Competitive Balance Round A). “It’s just tough after we’ve already given up our first pick. To give up our top two picks, that would be difficult for us to do.”

Instead, it sounds like the D-backs will count on more production out of Chris Owings, who struggled offensively last year after having to rework his mechanics following left shoulder surgery, and others as a way to make up for the loss of outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was dealt to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks still quietly looking to improve

“If your pitching and your defense, if they play well, then we can afford to give up some offense,” Stewart said. “We’re just being cognizant and, quite frankly, doing my job to look at everything and the areas that may be deficient. And if we are deficient in some areas, then I’ve got to try to improve them if I can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks know they will face criticism for Shelby Miller trade, but they don’t care ... winning now trumps worrying about complaints later | FOX Sports

Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will help the Braves better compete in 2016.

Think about it: The Braves traded one season of Jason Heyward for four of Miller, plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. They have turned that into Swanson, Blair, Inciarte and Jenkins — an undeniably strong haul for an outfielder who was entering his free-agent year.

The early reviews are in. The early reviews mean nothing. But once again, baseball people are looking at the D-backs and saying, “Huh?”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, shelby miller, trade, winter meetings

Friday, December 04, 2015

Zack Greinke to sign with D-backs | MLB.com

Didn’t see this one coming.

The D-backs have reached an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, pending a physical, according to a baseball source. The club has not yet confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil new uniforms | MLB.com

You can click through to view the fashion show. The Jetsons would approve.

The D-backs will have plenty of uniform combinations to choose from in 2016, as the team on Thursday unveiled eight uniform sets, which can also be mixed and matched to form even more looks.

“My head is spinning kind of figuring out what kind of matching they’re going to do,” outfielder A.J. Pollock said. “We have so many different types of combinations we can do with them. They all look good, and it will be interesting to see what the fans think.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, uniforms

Monday, November 30, 2015

Diamondbacks’ offer to Johnny Cueto rejected | MLB.com

The D-backs made a six-year, $120 million offer to free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto earlier this month that was turned down, a baseball source told MLB.com on Sunday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agents, johnny cueto

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Phillies acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Diamondbacks

The rebuilding Phillies acquired righthander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, phillies, phils

Friday, October 02, 2015

Diamondbacks announcers’ selfie shaming needlessly alienates younger fans

Having a group of women taken to task by the broadcast booth during a meaningless game in late September for enjoying themselves is pretty silly. Presumably these women paid for a ticket, just like anyone else in attendance, and didn’t seem to be bothering anyone by snapping photos with their phones of their silly faces and giant churros, yet the television booth decided they were worthy of ridicule because they happened to be on their phones instead of using that time to watch every single minute of a nine-inning game. Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time. Baseball is a game with a lot of breaks and using that downtime to capture a fun moment with your friends shouldn’t make you the topic of a two-minute call-out. It just makes you a human in the 21st century.

Ironically, this mockery took place right as the broadcast team was pitching the T-Mobile Fan Photo promotion that encouraged fans to send in their pictures from the ballpark to be used on the broadcast. The promotion exists because people take their phones to game and snap photos of themselves, their friends, and their family enjoying the game. This group of women were doing just that. They paid for their ticket and seemed to be having a great time with one another. That’s what everyone should get out of a baseball game. Why would anyone want to participate in this promotion if they know they might be mocked for it?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, selfies, women in baseball

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots - SBNation.com

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks are not anti-analytics | FOX Sports

Like any aspect of team building, it’s important not to just have a system in place. You need to strive to have the *BEST* system.

“It was clear that we had to do more,” said La Russa, the D-backs’ chief baseball officer. “There is a lot of helpful information, important information you can use, whether you’re talking about drafting players, professional players, decision-making, how you put together a roster.

“We’re getting very close. We’re not perfect yet. It will take some time. Typically, it’s a struggle, one side pitted against another. But it seems like the whole organization is on the same page.

“Some teams do it better. Some have done it longer. But it’s nice to see us involved now in the sharing of that knowledge and more importantly in the acceptance of that knowledge.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

 

 

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