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D-backs to wear patch to honor local aid worker who died in Syria

  The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games Tuesday through Sunday in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria. D-backs president Derrick Hall said the way the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker "gave back to the world around her embodied many of the core values" of the Diamondbacks organization...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

After 2 surgeries, D-Backs' Hudson cherishes spring training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) For most major leaguers, spring training is dreadful monotony. And Daniel Hudson is cherishing every minute of it. For the first time since 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks' right-hander is a full participant. After two Tommy John surgeries, he's just grateful to be back. ''The monotony of spring training, this is the first time in three years I've got to go...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs to wear patch in memory of Kayla Mueller

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with ''KAYLA'' on it in spring training games Tuesday through Sunday in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria. Team President Derrick Hall said the way the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker ''gave back to the world around her embodied many of the core values'' of the Diamondbacks...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Reed confident he'll be ready for opening day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed, delayed by shoulder soreness, on Sunday said he expects to pitch off a mound by March 20 and believes he will have enough time to be ready for the start of the regular season April 6. Even though an MRI last week found no structural damage to Reed's right shoulder, the D-backs will exercise caution in monitoring his return. Reed...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Inciarte, Peralta hope to seize opportunity once again

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ender Inciarte and David Peralta are Venezuelans, outfielders and opportunists. And they're at the heart of a Diamondbacks domino effect this spring. Both players finished Arizona's disappointing 2014 as feel-good stories. That's only a ticket to another opportunity under a new staff and a healthier roster this year. The friends are competing for one starting...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tomas, O'Brien to play multiple positions for more at-bats

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When spring training games get underway next week, don't be surprised when the Diamondbacks put third base experiment Yasmany Tomas in the outfield, or when catcher Peter O'Brien plays a little first base. Neither moved should be looked at as a sign of what the D-backs think of each player's defensive abilities. Manager Chip Hale said those two moves will give...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Death Of Head-First Sliding, Hopefully

Last week, Nick Punto informed the Diamondbacks that he’d be taking the year off, deciding not to report to camp even though he had signed a minor league contract with the club earlier this winter. Though he claimed he wasn’t retiring, Punto is 37 and just put up a 73 wRC+ for Oakland, so it’s easy to […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Preview: Questions to be Answered in Spring Training

With the first Spring Training game less than a week away, the Diamondbacks’ spring camp is buzzing with optimism and competition. Finishing the 2014 season as the worst team in baseball with a record of 64-98, the Diamondbacks hope to shock the baseball world by rebounding from their woes. In 2011, they won the NL West after finishing last in the division in the two previous seasons...
Via Hot Stove MLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Predictions: Arizona Diamondbacks

While many teams migrate to Arizona for spring training, today’s featured team calls the desert their year-round home. The Diamondbacks are looking to end a 3 year postseason drought following their 2011 season when they won 94 games and captured NL West title. During those 3 years, the team has failed to break .500, putting […]
Via Full Scale Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Prospect Profile: Peter O’Brien

Peter O’Brien, acquired in the Martin Prado trade with the Yankees last summer, is currently ranked #14 on the Arizona Diamondbacks prospect list according to John Sickels’ Minor League Ball. Meanwhile Baseball America (BA) has him at #8 as a C/1B, blogger InsidetheZona lists O’Brien higher as Arizona’s 10th best prospect, and lists him at #9 with the following grades...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Aaron Hill ready for battle to keep starting job

 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is in an unfamiliar spot this spring. For the first time in almost a decade, Hill enters training camp without his name written in ink in the starting lineup. Not that it fazes him.   "Whether it's with these guys or someone else, I'm an every-day second baseman for a couple of more years," Hill said as the D-backs prepared...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching options bring intrigue to D-backs' spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a common corner for a team dealing with roster turnover. Change causes chemistry issues, and nowhere is that more concerning than between pitchers and catchers. Arizona shipped away cornerstone catcher Miguel Montero during the winter and did not make a major acquisition to replace him. The D-backs' relatively young...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Punto Tells Arizona Diamondbacks That He’s Sitting Out 2015 Season

UPDATE: According to Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona, infielder Nick Punto has informed the Diamondbacks that he will sit out the 2015 season and won’t report to spring training. Jackson also notes that Punto is not officially retiring. Nick Punto won't be in Dbacks camp. Hasn't officially retired but Hale says he's shutting it down for this season. — Jody Jackson (@Jody_Jackson...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs' billion-dollar deal and the bubble that refuses to pop

Despite television deals with ESPN, FOX, and TBS that will net Major League Baseball an average of $1.5 billion per year over the next years, franchises derive most of their revenue locally. Ticket sales, advertising, naming rights, local radio broadcasting rights, and local television rights constitute the majority of each team’s revenue. In recent years, […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson readies for comeback with open mind

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- History isn't kind to major league starting pitchers who have twice undergone Tommy John surgery. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson won't overlook those statistics, but it doesn't mean he won't begin spring training with a framework of a plan and some expectations to go with it. The 27-year-old missed more than two years of action after undergoing surgeries...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks get a $1 billion TV deal

The recent trend of baseball teams getting absurd local TV contracts isn’t ending any time soon. The Arizona Diamondbacks are cashing in (as we wrote about in October), and reports indicate they’ll be getting over $1 billion over the life of the new contract, expected to run between 15 and 20 years. Think about that for a second – $1 billion for the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Figueroa Reaches Deal With SNY To Become New Mets Studio Analyst

Bob Raissman of the Daily News confirms that Nelson Figueroa will indeed become SNY’s new full-time Mets studio analyst. MLB TV moles say Figueroa, the loquacious journeyman pitcher who was with the Mets in 2008-2009, agreed to a deal with SNY late last week. Figueroa will replace Bobby Ojeda, who spent six seasons in SNY’s Mets pre- and postgame studio. Ojeda wanted to return...
Via Mets Merized Online
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks, Addison Reed Avoid Arbitration

Photo credit – Mark J. Rebilas; USA Today Sports Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks and closer Addison Reed have agreed to a contract for the 2015 campaign that allows them to avoid an arbitration hearing. The 26 year old Reed signed the dotted line for one season to the tune of $4.875 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. reed settles with dbacks for $4.875M...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Eric Chavez could be a part-time A’s broadcaster this season

Long-time Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez could end up back with the team in a new position – broadcaster. Chavez and the team are discussing a commitment for him to call 20 games in 2015, and I assume he’ll be replacing Shooty Babbitt, who did 20 games last season. In 2012 and 2013, Scott Hatteberg worked 20 games as a part-time broadcaster with the A’s. One odd...
Via Awful Announcing
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #104: Yasmany Tomas | 3B/OF | ARI

Predicting what Cuban imports will do once they reach the big leagues is tricky business for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it’s tough to gauge the level of competition both in Cuba and in international competition, which can be inconsistent at times. Secondly, often players that defect from Cuba miss development time while defecting and their bodies can change drastically between...
Via Baseball Professor
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #117: Mark Trumbo | 1B/OF | ARI

Around this time last year we were projecting huge things from Mark Trumbo in his first year in the desert. He checked in at 56th overall in our 2014 Top 200 Countdown on the strength of a projected 36 HR and 97 RBI. I take partial responsibility for missing on Trumbo. Of all the contributors here at Baseball Professor, I’m by far the most pro-Trumbo, but that’s because I...
Via Baseball Professor
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Arizona Diamondbacks

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Stewart: lack of analytics make Diamondbacks “true baseball team”

Just when you think we were entering a new era of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, with less silly statements from the team’s management, think again. Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart took a not so subtle shot at advanced analytics when talking to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral about the team’s pursuit of free agent starter James Shields. “I think James is a throwback guy by the way...
Via The Outside Corner
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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