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Sunday, February 26, 2017

AZ Snakepit: If Zach Greinke were a Free Agent today, what would he get ?

This is a fan post with a poll I put up at AZ Snakepit. I’m trying to get a handle on how other teams might view the value of Greinke’s contract, or rather how much of it is “negative value” I need some feedback from non D Backs fans without bias. Since I’m one of about 3 D Backs fans that frequently comment here, I figure this is a good place to get that feedback.  It should be noted that Greinke missed the last 3 starts of 2016 with a shoulder issue and is a week behind the other starters in Spring. Thanks in advance for the feedback in the comments section.

shoewizard Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agent contract busts, general

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks shift focus to defense behind plate

“The catching staff tries to throw out attempted base-stealers 80-120 times a year as opposed to receiving 20,000 to 25,000 pitches a year,” Hammock said. “What do you want to emphasize?”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, diamondbacks

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amiel Sawdaye on Arizona’s New Boston Culture | FanGraphs Baseball

On the potential of the 2017 Diamondbacks: “If you look at our team, our major-league team, there are some really good young players. I think most people identify with Goldschmidt and Greinke and Pollock — those guys are great players — but if you look down at the crux of the roster, we have Drury and Lamb and Owings and Ahmed. We have Corbin, Ray, Bradley… I mean, the list goes on and on. There’s a lot of good happening at the major-league level, and hopefully we can take advantage of that this year.

“I think we have a chance to have a bounce-back season. I believe these guys have a chance to kind of tell their own story, and create… it would be unfair to compare it to what happened in Boston in 2013, but in some ways I believe the ability is there to bounce back and prove people wrong. We have a lot of talented players.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former D-backs GM Dave Stewart regrets trading Dansby Swanson, calls firing unfair

“I would probably say I should have stuck to my gut — although I think Shelby Miller is going to be everything I thought he was going to be when I traded for him,” Stewart said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. “But my gut that whole time said I should not move Dansby Swanson.

 

 

shoewizard Posted: February 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Sunday, February 05, 2017

OTP 6 Feb. 2017: Curt Schilling, Politics, and the Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.

A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: February 05, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 2003 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hall of fame, phillies, politics, red sox

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Royals acquire outfielder/catcher Peter O’Brien in trade with Arizona

“We’ve always liked his ability to hit with power,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of O’Brien. “He’s got a couple of options remaining as well. So it fits in line with what we’re trying to do going forward.”

The options mean O’Brien can be stashed in the minor leagues for the next two seasons. A former catcher who has transitioned to the outfield, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound slugger lacks a natural defensive position. But the Royals also view him as a potential flier in a possible DH rotation in 2017.

“He gives up depth,” Moore said. “And we’re trying to balance the importance of winning in 2017 and, obviously, adding as much depth as we can — not only for now, but in the future.

“He’s a young position player; there’s not a lot of supply right now. So we’re trying to acquire as much quality offensive talent as we can. And he’s a player that we’ve had our eye on for a while.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, royals

Arizona Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County to explore leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.

The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.

The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party is responsible for as much as $187 million in repairs and upgrades to Chase Field. The team threatened to sue last year after negotiations with the county broke down.

The county argues that a portion of the upgrades are cosmetic and the team’s financial responsibility, and that the county will have enough money over the long term to meet its share of the obligations. The Diamondbacks counter that the county-run stadium district has not set aside enough money for needed upgrades and is risking safety.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, legal, stadiums

Friday, December 09, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen takes balanced approach

“We had plenty of opportunities to make changes,” Hazen said. “But ultimately we didn’t feel like any of those were the right thing to do for us. Some of those situations may be in the future, but right now nothing really made sense on the larger trade front. I’m not anticipating any of that changing, but you never know. Again, we feel good about where we’re at.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks active as meetings wind down

They are only bodies if they don’t pitch well.

As it stands, the Diamondbacks have impressive starting pitching depth, including several starters with upside – or, at least, the ability to pitch far better than they did this year. Led by Zack Greinke, the rotation also includes Ray, Corbin, Miller and Walker, with Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley, Zack Godley and prospects Matt Koch and Anthony Banda behind them.

“Even having six starters I think is an advantage going into a season,” Hazen said. “That’ll be on us to figure out how to make it work. When you do have that perceived one-plus in your rotation, it’s natural to get asked quite a bit. I don’t necessarily think at this one position that’s considered excess, given how pitching staffs can be put together and utilized.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, December 05, 2016

Diamondbacks bring framing into focus with catching switch - SweetSpot- ESPN

“His defense has always been his calling card,” one major-league scout said. “His hands are excellent. His arm strength and accuracy are above average. He blocks pitches in the dirt well. He handles pitching staffs well and fulfills the pitching coach’s game plans ideally.”

The numbers back that up. Over the past nine seasons, Mathis ranks fifth among catchers in defensive runs saved. And on a per-inning basis, he rates batter than the leader—Yadier Molina.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis, welington castillo

Saturday, December 03, 2016

D-Backs hire Mike Fitzgerald as new analytics head

Which direction will Arizona change to when this plan doesn’t produce a World Series championship within two years? Fortune tellers?

“(Analytics) certainly has been an area of focus for us since coming over here; I know it’s been an area of focus for (owner) Ken (Kendrick) and (CEO) Derrick (Hall) when I was hired,” Hazen said. “We want to look to strategically build this department.

“He has a phenomenal reputation, very smart, impressed throughout the interview process. He’s the right guy to help really build our infrastructure in these areas. The game is changing in so many different ways, there are so many new areas of information to explore, and he’s going to help us do that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Friday, December 02, 2016

Free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis signs with Diamondbacks

Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop.

The loss is a noteworthy one for the Marlins, who benefited from Mathis’ defense behind the plate and valued his veteran presence in the clubhouse.

“Thank you for all you did for me the last 4 years,” starting pitcher Tom Koehler wrote in a tweet about Mathis. “AZ is getting a hell of a teammate. Your presence will be missed.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis

D-Backs nontender Wellington Castillo, sign Jeff Mathis

What is this strange hold Jeff Mathis has on certain GM’s and managers?

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Can the Pirates find a trade partner for Josh Harrison? | FOX Sports

Team president Stan Kasten, however, said that the Dodgers are not facing any payroll restrictions or any pressure from baseball.

“There is no mandate. There is no problem with our debt,” Kasten said. “We are continuing to operate on the same program we have since the day we walked in here in 2012. That’s building through our minor-league system while continuing to aggressively put the best team on the field that we can each year.”

Baseball issued a statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office works with all clubs to monitor compliance with the Debt Service Rule. Non-compliant clubs are asked to submit a plan demonstrating a path to compliance. Clubs are evaluated on an ongoing basis relative to that plan.

“The rule is intended to ensure the financial health of clubs relative to their ability to service their indebtedness, not to influence decisions on the player market. There are various ways to achieve compliance and there is no mandate to cut payroll.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, notes, pirates, twins

Monday, November 28, 2016

Was the Jean Segura Trade Really the Mitch Haniger Trade? | FanGraphs Baseball

Color me skeptical.

At last, there’s this part: Segura has two more years of team control. Haniger has the full six. And what sort of impact might be expected in 2017? We know that Segura is likely to play every day. With Haniger, that hasn’t really been decided. But to even things out, let’s consider the Steamer600 projection, which projects plays out over 600 plate appearances. Segura’s projection shows a 94 wRC+, with a 2.1 WAR. And Haniger? We see a 98 wRC+, and a 2.0 WAR. There’s plenty you could conceivably argue, but you could argue in both directions. You might really believe in Segura’s breakout, but it doesn’t seem fair to believe only in his. The same would go for just Haniger. So much of the optimism comes out of what happened in 2016, and both players had wonderful seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners

Peter Gammons: D-backs are in a decent position on Black Friday - GammonsDaily.com

The D’Backs need some stability.

Players who were Diamondbacks may be unfair when they tell people that the D’Backs are the team that hates players, but it’s the reputation. Think about it, then just let the front office you hired run the baseball end, while you work on the stadium and television and marketing deals. I mentioned to one of the most influential Red Sox officials that several Cubs front office members had told me they think Theo Epstein could be the CEO of almost any Fortune 500 company, and he shot back, “so could Mike Hazen. He’s the closest to Theo of anyone who’s come through here.”
...
Kendrick and Hall have it right. Getting to the point where you consistently compete with the Giants and Dodgers—and now that they’re over the 24 hour hype makeover, the Padres—you have to allow the process they are putting in place to produce.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks trade Jean Segura to Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker

Mike Hazen’s reasons for the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mike hazen

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miller—Going to WAR—The mystery of Robbie Ray

Speaking as someone who spent a couple years of his life working on a WAR system before WAR was cool, too many people put too much credence in WAR. Too many don’t put enough. It’s something nice to look at and works well for a lot of different questions. Despite what some think, even with the advances in technology, it will always be just a reflection of reality. And that’s OK.

“One might assume.” One might assume that, if Martin Perez’s WARs are 1.8, 1.8 and 1.9 (as they were in 2016), that Martin Perez is a 1.8- or 1.9-win pitcher. But we’ve already seen, with Ray, that one model of WAR can be wildly misleading. We’ve seen, in fact, that two can be. It’s not much of a leap to think even three could be, all at once, and in all the same ways, especially for unique players such as Zach Britton or Yadier Molina or David Ross or for players on the extremes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, robbie ray, sabermetrics, war

Monday, November 14, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks’ winter spending could be limited

A team can’t sign expensive free agents every year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Friday, November 04, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks pick Torey Lovullo as manager

The usually reliable John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports is reporting that the team will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as the new manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. While there has not yet been an official announcement, the choice has since been confirmed by others, including Nick Piecoro and Jon Heyman, so it appears to be close to a done deal. Lovullo will become the 10th manager in team history.

This is no great shock: as soon as Red Sox GM Mike Hazen was appointed to the Diamondbacks’ general manager position, speculation immediately began that Lovullo would become Chip Hale’s replacement. The two men have a long relationship, going back even before Boston, to their time in the Cleveland Indians organization. Hazen also brought over Amiel Sawdaye to act as his assistant GM.

The team interviewed a number of other candidates for the position, and reports suggest the decision came down to a choice between Lovullo and Reno Aces’ manager Phil Nevin.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

The exodus of talent leaving the Red Sox over the last year does not fill me with hope.

The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night.

Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the second in command to new General Manager Mike Hazen. The two overlapped in Boston for 11 years.

Sawdaye ran the amateur draft for the Red Sox from 2010 to 2014, during which time the club selected Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Swihart and Matt Barnes, among others. He spent the past two years as vice president of amateur and international scouting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, red sox

Monday, October 17, 2016

Report: Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.

Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.

The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Oct. 3. Hired by La Russa, the duo spent two seasons on the job and led Arizona to a 148-176 record.

Before the firings, La Russa met with Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick and discussed taking on a new, non-decision-making role. Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro reported Oct. 3 that the team offered to retain La Russa in such an advisory role.

The former leader of the D-backs’ front office leader will report to Hazen and will “have a voice in the room, weigh in with ideas and opinions,” but not be the ultimate decision-maker, according to Gambadoro.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Arizona Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen general manager

The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.

Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “He’s a natural leader, who we feel fortunate to have been able to hire, and we welcome him and his family to Arizona.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, mike hazen, red sox

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