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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Escobar, D-backs agree to three-year deal

The D-backs made their first move of the offseason Monday by signing Eduardo Escobar to a three-year contract worth $21 million.

The deal puts a quality player under contract for a reasonable price. What it does not do, however, is answer the question of whether the D-backs plan on competing in 2019 or if they instead will trade some of their veterans and retool.

“I would ask and caution not to read into either side of those things, as much as I know fans are definitely going to want to do that,” D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said. “We totally understand. It’s a long process for the offseason. We still have some holes to fill, especially the pitching side of things and there’s going to be a lot of work left. This is a great first step for us but that’s what it is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, eduardo escobar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks to explore MLB trade market as offseason begins

They will have to be very creative to get a team to take on a big chunk of his contract and bring back young talent.

Right-hander Zack Greinke is a possible example. He is owed more than $31 million a year over the next three seasons, and if the Diamondbacks were to find a taker – even if it meant paying down some of his contract – they potentially could bring back young talent in a trade and free up money to be spent strategically on smaller, upside plays in free agency.

The Diamondbacks’ offseason could end up being about shifting their focus. The past two years for Hazen’s group have been about trying to win without severely compromising the future. The goal might shift more toward the future while still trying to field competitive teams in the present.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, October 01, 2018

The Diamondbacks enter the offseason searching for solutions after a September to forget

The Arizona Diamondbacks (82-80) were eliminated from the 2018 postseason after a stunning September collapse where they lost 19 of their last 26 games. The team was officially out on Sept. 23, with six games left on the schedule, after they got swept by the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The Diamondbacks did have an extremely difficult September schedule that saw them play 15 of 21 games against first-place teams. Arizona tied a major-league record with 14 straight games against first-place teams from Sept. 6-19, matching the 1993 Orioles and 1996 Tigers, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

And while Arizona is still reeling from its awful stretch of baseball when it mattered most, an issue even bigger than the fact that it couldn’t hold onto a playoff spot is the fact that the team is just a few months away from watching some of its biggest names enter the free-agent market.

I’ll throw this open to all of you: How would we explain the decline of the Diamondbacks in September, and what should they do for next season?

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: collapse, diamondbacks

Friday, September 28, 2018

An early look at Patrick Corbin’s free agency

Scout’s take
“Depending on how things shake out this winter with options and opt-outs, it is reasonable to expect that Patrick Corbin is one of the top starting pitchers in this year’s free-agent class. His age, left-handedness and dominant secondary offerings all factor into what will be a lucrative pay day this offseason. He is athletic, competitive and throws a lot of strikes with an understanding of how to pitch with his repertoire. All of those things project to age well over a multiyear commitment. He is set to top 200 innings pitched this season and that type of workload with his stuff and strikes can help any club searching for pitching. The potential pitfalls come in throwing over 40 percent sliders and already having pitched four years with a new UCL. Those factors may lead to a deal that is potentially front-loaded, but more than likely Patrick will find him a desired target for a number of teams with designs on contending in 2019.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Disappointing Arizona Diamondbacks’ decision: Rebuild, or take one more shot

Is this really a difficult decision?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Sunday, September 23, 2018

D-backs’ Brad Ziegler tweets his frustrations on costly replay review

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a breaking point in the eighth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies Friday night, and reliever Brad Ziegler objected to the replay review of that breaking point after the game.

With a runner on and one out in a tied 2-2 score, starter Zack Greinke exited the game. Jake Diekman took his place, and hit Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon with his first pitch.

That was all for Diekman, who was replaced by Ziegler.

Any thoughts from all of you concerning the merits of Ziegler’s complaints?

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ziegler, diamondbacks, replay

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Diamondbacks hitting coach: Struggles due to improper approach, poor adjustments

When the Diamondbacks began a west-coast trip with a series in San Francisco in late August, hitting coach Dave Magadan recalls feeling pretty good about the state of his offense. It had struggled through the season’s first two months but had mostly found its footing into the middle of the summer, scoring the second-most runs in the league over a 75-game stretch.

And then, as Magadan put it, they came upon a “barren desert” of offensive output.

“Just all of a sudden it was shutout-shutout out of nowhere,” Magadan said, recalling the first two games of that series against the Giants. “It was flummoxing, to say the least.”

It isn’t that often that people encounter barren deserts AFTER they leave Phoenix…..

QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hitting

Saturday, September 01, 2018

The long road to success for the National League’s hottest hitter

LOS ANGELES – David Peralta could have gone home and hardly anyone would have blamed him. Hardly anyone would have noticed. Maybe he’d become a trainer or a coach or work with his dad. He was young enough to go back to school, start over, forget this love affair with baseball. It clearly didn’t love him back, having dumped him once and threatening again. Always threatening.

Not a single morning, he said, did he wake up and wonder if this was all a waste of time. Not when he was in Harlingen, Texas, or McAllen, Texas. Not when he was in Gary, Indiana, or Sioux City, Iowa. Not in Grand Prairie or any of the towns where they dressed up a ballpark best they could and played baseball wherever the bus stopped, on the fringes of the fringes of the game where the chain-link ran wild.

No, if this was Tuesday, and he’d be reasonably sure it was a Tuesday, then it must be Amarillo, a fact confirmed by the address on the bed stand phone, and all he’d ask from God or whomever would listen was not should he stay or go, but about what more he could do. Besides, even if his spirit would have waned, and he swore it did not, what could he have said to his father and mother, who believed in him so, and to his girlfriend, who would become his wife and encouraged him so, how could he have confessed to them that he was beaten? Released by the St. Louis Cardinals, finished as a pitcher, toiling for three summers in the independent leagues as an outfielder, taking fast food jobs on the side, reporting for extra batting practice, then more batting practice, and his question was not what else. It was what more.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks

Monday, August 20, 2018

How are the Diamondbacks 200 runs better than the Phillies on defense? | The BIS Blog

I received a tweet recently that asked if I could demonstrate the difference between the team with the most Defensive Runs Saved (the Diamondbacks with 120) and the team with the fewest (the Phillies with -102).

It seemed a reasonable question to wonder – can the difference between the two be more than 200 runs? We wouldn’t question the best and worst teams being that far apart in terms of their offense or their pitching. But for defense, we don’t have as good a feel for the value of certain statistics.

It’s important to note that when we give a team’s DRS total, that represents the sum of their players’ DRS. It’s not a value solely assigned to the team, but rather the accumulation of many values.

With that in mind, let’s go through a few notable positions around the diamond.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, drs, fielding, phillies

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Orioles have deal in place for Manny Machado, working through trade specifics

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an “outside chance” to land the four-time All-Star.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs

Rather than wait for a relatively safe moment to retaliate—with two outs, or, like, tomorrow—and rather than retaliate by, uh, winning the game—Joe Musgrove plunked Chris Owings to lead off the bottom half.

mathesond Posted: June 12, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, unwritten rules

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals | AZ Central

SAN FRANCISCO – In acquiring Jon Jay in a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen believes he filled a short-term need in the outfield at a time when his club needs it most.

“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”

The D-Backs send minor league prospects Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Royals.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, john jay, royals

Friday, May 11, 2018

Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Astros’ Gerrit Cole Strikes Out 16 in One-Hit Shutout of Diamondbacks

Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8–0 Friday night.

Cole (3–1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to Chris Owings in the fifth inning of his second career complete game. The only other baserunner against the dominant right-hander was David Peralta, who walked to lead off the fourth.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, diamondbacks, gerrit cole

Thursday, May 03, 2018

D-backs reach deal with Maricopa County to drop Chase Field suit

According to the memorandum, the Diamondbacks must play at Chase Field through the 2022 season. Then they could move to another facility in the county without penalty.

There is still a vote that needs to take place, so not “done done”.  But this poster believes they end up with new stadium at Salt River/Pima Indian Land, probably south of current Talking Stick Spring Training facility, near 101/202 Freeway interchange.

shoewizard Posted: May 03, 2018 at 12:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Behind-the-scenes role suiting Diamondbacks pitching strategist Dan Haren

IRVINE, Calif. – Dan Haren sits back in his office chair and opens a program on his computer. On the screen is an image of a hitter. Next to him are hot zones and cold zones accompanied by dropdown menus and situational stats. Haren toggles through them quickly. He is in his element.
He’s looking for an area of the strike zone where a Diamondbacks pitcher can throw a fastball to a particular hitter. He’s having no luck.
“This is ridiculous,” he said, asking that the names of the hitter and pitcher not be revealed. “Most hitters are not like this. He’s basically going to have to flood him with curveballs.”

Very neat article about @ithrow88

shoewizard Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren, diamondbacks, pitching, strategy

 

 

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