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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Are D’backs in denial about $68.5M phenom or are harsh scouts wrong? | New York Post

In MLB if you are smarter than everybody else, you get a chance to prove it. Or not.

But — unprovoked — both Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart begin conversations by saying the D’backs will be better than critics are claiming, citing positional and starting depth and a credo to play hard and fundamentally well.

So is the chorus wrong, or are Arizona officials delusional about the roster in general and Tomas — who they still say can play third in the majors — in specific?

Stewart says because he is in his first year on the job, “I am looking at everything at arm’s length and not falling in love with the players just because they are our players.”

Nevertheless, Tomas represents the first huge outlay of the LaRussa/Stewart regime — the $68.5 million the second most given any Cuban import. The 24-year-old was mainly an outfielder in his homeland and there was strong sport-wide dubiety when Arizona said it would try to make him a third baseman. The doubt has only magnified with games, as scouts say Tomas lacks soft hands and he is too bulky to handle the position.

“Bobby Bonilla was the third baseman on a championship team and he was big,” Stewart said. “I already think [Tomas] is an average third baseman and he is such a hard worker that I think he can be better than average.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien, tony la russa, yasmany tomas

D-backs prospect O’Brien among 7 sent down | dbacks.com

Pete O’Brien can catch, they said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Will Ferrell now has his own Baseball Reference page

Will Ferrell is officially in the annals of baseball.

Baseball Reference, the online encyclopedia of America’s Pastime, has given the “Anchorman” star his own page on the site after Ferrell played in five different spring training games in Arizona on Thursday.

Before his odyssey began, Ferrell told a radio interviewer that he expected to raise $1 million to be used for college scholarships for cancer survivors. The entire tour was being chronicled by HBO for an upcoming special. Memorabilia from his journey is to be sold at auction on MLB.com with proceeds going to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer. In his farewell speech, Ferrell introduced Craig Pollard, the founder of Cancer for College, saying the organization had given 2,000 scholarships to children with cancer over the past 20 years.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 23, 2015 at 01:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reference, diamondbacks, will ferrell

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hale discusses state of the D-backs | dbacks.com

Hale: I think the toughest thing is what we’re going to do with Yasmany Tomas. Will he be at third or in the outfield? And then even there, we have so many good outfielders. I think that’s one of our issues. [Jake] Lamb has played well. He hasn’t played great where we can just say, ‘Yas, we don’t need you.’ We’ve got Drury, too, who is waiting in the wings. We’ve got [David] Peralta, [Ender] Inciarte, [Mark] Trumbo, [A.J.] Pollock in the outfield. I think it’s a tough decision, and it could be one where he ends up doing both. It could be something where it’s a mixture there if he makes the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jeff Wiser: Spring Notes From D-backs MLB Camp

Good stuff from a good blog.

shoewizard Posted: March 18, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, scouting, spring training, video

Monday, March 16, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks: Wait until next year? Or maybe year after? | FOX Sports

You don’t have to be a sabermetrician to know this is going to be a bad team in 2015.They have a catcher who isn’t much of a catcher. A third baseman who can’t really play third base. Their starting pitching looks to be bad, really, really bad. But don’t worry, they are smarter than everyone else.

For now, let’s just say that the D-backs will be, um, fascinating? I can’t go so far as to say they will be good, not when righties Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson are miscast as the team’s Nos. 1 and 2 starters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony la russa

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Early Returns On The Yasmany Tomas Third Base Experiment | FanGraphs Baseball

They may as well give the guy a little time. As the writer notes, it’s not like the D’Backs have much of a chance of making the playoffs anyway. From what I’ve seen and read so far, Tomas has not been pretty.

It was never likely that Tomas was going to stick at third, and while it’s far, far too premature to call it done, little we’ve seen so far indicates that the initial scouting reports were wrong. If he ends up in the outfield, what the Diamondbacks might have is a powerful righty hitter with questionable plate discipline who briefly tried to make it work at third base. If that sounds familiar, it should; back in November, when Jeff Sullivan tried to come up with player comps, Trumbo was high on the list. Arizona has to be hoping that Tomas ends up being more valuable than the intermittently useful Trumbo. If he is, it’s probably going to be on the outfield grass, not the infield dirt.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Room with a Stew: Towers lives with man who replaced him

This a an Odd Couple pairing that I’d actually watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, kevin towers

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings | dbacks.com

Catching prospect Peter O’Brien rapped out a pair of hits in three at-bats and also played well behind the plate.

“The most important thing for us—we know he is going to swing the bat and do some damage—we’re really watching that catching,” Hale said. “I asked the umpire at one point how he felt with him in front of him and he said he did a good job and was showing him the ball well. He did a good job with the pitchers. This guy has really, really improved behind the plate. He’s bilingual, which is great with our staff, he helps out a lot of guys. He’s a really, really good teammate.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Yasmany Tomas goes to work at third base

This does not sound hopeful.

I watched a little bit of his defensive work,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “I thought he worked really hard and that he’s getting there. We have a lot of guys over there who are really fundamentally sound, so he’s able to watch them and pick things up from them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Thursday, February 26, 2015

O’Brien turning heads at D-backs camp | dbacks.com

He may have big-time power. His defense has big-time problems, however.

“I think he’s on a different level,” Gosewisch said. “Sometimes there’s guys in BP where you see them hit a few home runs and you might yourself try to hit some home runs to match them, but he’s on another level and it’s fun to watch. You can hear [it], [the ball] just sounds different coming off his bat. There’s a few guys in the game that have that sound, and he’s one of them. He’s got some kind of power.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Monday, February 23, 2015

Yoan Lopez a poster boy for Diamondbacks’ scouting efforts

How long will it take Lopez to make the major league team?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yoan lopez

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Monday, February 09, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?

Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.

I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, understandably so because he’s really the only valuable commodity he has, unless Chase Utley agrees to a trade or Cliff Lee comes back and proves he’s healthy. The past two seasons were painful for Phillies fans, but 2015 could be their worst season since losing 97 games in 2000.

The final word: Hey, on the bright side the Phillies outperformed my prediction last year by seven wins .. and still won just 73 games. If there’s a bright spot, it’s the bullpen, led by closer-in-waiting Ken Giles (1.18 ERA as a rookie), which should be solid even if Papelbon is traded.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, phillies, rangers, rankings, rockies, twins

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Video: Tomas works out with D-backs | MLB.com

Hopefully tomorrow they will have video of him eating lunch.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart says he won’t add a catcher

From what I saw in AFL games, O’Brien has a long way to go to become a major league catcher.

After saying last week the Diamondbacks would be comfortable going into the season with their current catchers if a better option didn’t present itself, General Manager Dave Stewart took it a step further Tuesday, saying the club will not make an addition, in large part because of the development of prospect Peter O’Brien.

“I’ve decided that I’m not going to pursue another catcher,” Stewart said. “I talked with my people and my coaching staff. They believe that O’Brien is going to be around sooner than later. If that does happen, there’s no need to go out and get another guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diamondbacks still interested in James Shields, despite tight budget

As for Shields, Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to “work on groundwork.” Shields’ market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign.

Stewart said he believes Shields likes what the Diamondbacks are doing as an organization.

“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches,” Stewart said. “I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.

You hear that NERDS?


Diamondbacks Agree To Sign Yoan Lopez - BaseballAmerica.com

Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez has agreed to sign with the Diamondbacks for $8.25 million.

Lopez is 21, so he is subject to the international bonus pools. The Lopez signing puts the Diamondbacks well beyond their allotted pool space for the current 2014-15 signing period, which means that, along with a 100 percent tax on their pool overage, they will not be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods, starting with the 2015-16 signing period that begins on July 2. His bonus is the biggest one ever for a player subject to the bonus pools since the pool era began on July 2, 2012.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, diamondbacks, yoan lopez

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer. The other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat. I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Lest you think Schilling was just joking or being goofy, he was asked in a follow-up whether he thought he would have gotten at least 100 more votes if weren’t an “outspoken Republican.” His response:

  “Absolutely. When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”


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

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