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D-backs add Drury, four others to roster

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks took care of some necessary business Thursday by adding infielder Brandon Drury and four others to set their 40-man roster. Drury, outfielder Socrates Brito, left-hander Will Locante and right-handers Kevin Munson and A.J. Schugel were added to the roster, a procedural move that keeps them with the D-backs rather than expose them to the Rule 5...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

D-backs youngsters impress during Fall League play

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Fall League bills itself as a finishing school for top major league prospects, and a number of the seven Arizona Diamondbacks prospects assigned to the Salt River Rafters finished with a flourish. Peter O'Brien tied for third in the league with five home runs, one short of the league co-leaders, as the Salt River Rafters -- the D-backs' prospects used...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Rumors: Diamondbacks showing interest in James Shields

The Arizona Diamondbacks struggled to 64 wins this past season in large part due to an offense that was 25th in runs scored and a staff that was 26th in ERA. Many moves need to be made this winter for the Diamondbacks to get back to respectability in the National League West. One player that would improve the staff immensely is James Shields, who is getting interest from the Diamondbacks...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Rumors: Jeremy Hellickson to be though of as number two or three starter

Nick Piecoro of azcentral sports reports that the Diamondbacks are thinking of Jeremy Hellickson as a number two or three starter in their rotation. The Diamondbacks acquired Hellickson last week after a lot of rumors and speculation that they were interested in trading for him this offseason. The Diamondbacks gave up two low-level prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Decide to Find Out What Jeremy Hellickson Is

Over his first full season, back in 2011, Jeremy Hellickson ran a mediocre 115 FIP-. It wasn’t a particularly awful mark for a rookie, but that doesn’t suggest the kind of talent you build around. Yet, the same year, Hellickson also posted an ERA- of 76. By the numbers you don’t notice while watching, Hellickson […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks hire chief of baseball analytics

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Ed Lewis as the team's Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization's increased efforts in those areas and work closely with assistant general manager Bryan Minniti, baseball operations data analyst John Krazit and baseball operations coordinator Sam Eaton. "We were all extremely impressed...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
3 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Rarest Pitch in Baseball

You might think the rarest pitch in the game is the knuckleball — only two pitchers regularly throw it right now. But there is pitch that only Brad Ziegler throws often. Ziegler throws a changeup — out of a submarine arm slot. Nobody else throws the same pitch with the same mechanics. Only six sidearmers […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Hellickson and thoughts on defense

I have been looking at all the angles on the Jeremy Hellickson trade that brought two prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays from the Arizona Diamondbacks. And all that contemplation led to some thoughts about the recent history of both teams and what might have contributed from their falls from grace over the past few seasons. A lot of my thoughts ended up settling on defense.The thought...
Via The Flagrant Fan
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Rumors: Arizona could look at Chad Billingsley next

The Arizona Diamondbacks have already made an upgrade to their rotation as I reported earlier by adding Jeremy Hellickson, and MLB.com's Steve Gilbert is reporting that they may not be done. #166498794 / gettyimages.com The Diamondback's rotation may have a completely different look next season.  Not only is Hellickson expected to step into the middle of the rotation, but...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson To Diamondbacks For Two Prospects

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays. The trade, announced Friday night, is the first major move by new Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart. The Diamondbacks sent Tampa Bay two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams. Hellickson, the American League Rookie of the...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays trade Jeremy Hellickson to Diamondbacks

            The Tampa Bay Rays have traded starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both Tampa Bay and Arizona announced the deal on Twitter: #Rays have acquired minor league INF Andrew Velazquez & OF Justin Williams from @Dbacks for RH Jeremy Hellickson. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 15, 2014 In exchange...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Didi Gregorius Drawing Interest, D’Backs Want Pitching

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is in Phoenix, site of the GM Meetings, where the Arizona D’Backs are seeing a lot of interest in shortstop Didi Gregorius, whom he calls a great athlete and an excellent shortstop. That’s nice and all but I’m still not giving up one of our young pitchers to get him. You want Colon or Gee, I’ll listen, but otherwise… November 10 The Arizona Republic...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

D’Backs Looking For Proven Starter, Could Deal A Shortstop

The Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart wants to add a proven starter this offseason and seems more open to a trade now. “I don’t know if we get it accomplished this week,” Stewart said, “but by the time we start the season I’d really like to try to improve our starting rotation.” “If we can clearly improve our team, then I’m not hesitant to...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks: Arizona Thinks Kenta Maeda Is A Better Sign Than Lester, Scherzer or Shields

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ new general manager Dave Stewart told MLB Network Radio that he will not make a big boom in free agency by signing one of the top players on the market. Instead, he thinks he has a better chance to look at Japanese starting pitcher Kenta Maeda over Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and James Shields. The biggest issue is Maeda has still not been posted by his...
Via On-Base Talk
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-closer J.J. Putz rejoins Diamondbacks in front-office role

  Former closer J.J. Putz has rejoined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant to President and CEO Derrick Hall. The team announced Thursday that the 37-year-old Putz will be in uniform during spring training to work with pitchers and will visit the club's minor league affiliates during the regular season. Putz had a career-high 45 saves for Arizona in 2011, helping...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Diamondbacks willing to move catcher Montero

The Arizona Diamondbacks, trying to create payroll flexibility, are willing to trade catcher Miguel Montero, according to major-league sources. Rival clubs say the D-Backs are shopping Montero. An Arizona official say the team is more in "listening mode." Either way, the effect is the same. The D-Backs would move Montero for the right offer, even though they lack an internal...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Chip Hale, Arizona Diamondbacks Manager

Chip Hale replaced Kirk Gibson as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month. What approach will he bring to a franchise coming off a 98-loss season? Based on a conversation with Hale, it will be one closely entwined with that of Arizona’s new leadership up top. Dave Stewart is now the general manager and […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks name Hale new manager

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Chip Hale will serve as the team’s new manager Monday. Hale most recently was the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics under manager Bob Melvin. The duo led the A’s to the American League Wild Card Game, but were defeated in crushing fashion by the Kansas City Royals. Hale is no stranger to the Diamondbacks organization. He was the third...
Via isportsweb.com
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Chip Hale to manage Arizona Diamondbacks

My first reaction upon hearing that Tony La Russa and the Arizona Diamondbacks had hired Chip Hale to manage the team was, "Who?" And yeah, Walter William "Chip" Hale is not a household name. He played parts of seven seasons as a utility guy, Mostly for the Twins and finished up his minor league career with Memphis, the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. As...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Chip Hale’s plan: Make every Diamondback 15 percent better

Arizona Diamondbacks new manager Chip Hale said his goal is to make each player he comes in contact with 15 percent better. Hale was introduced Monday as the sixth fulltime manager in D-backs history. “That’s just something that I’ve always thought about since rookie ball,” Hale said of his 15 percent philosophy. “Our mantra was, you look at your team and say, OK, this...
Via Sports-Glory
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks begin manager hunt

The Arizona Diamondbacks have begun their search for a new manager. The team confirmed eight candidates for the job Wednesday including: Sandy Alomar Jr., Jay Bell, Andy Green, Joe McEwing, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy, and Turner Ward. I think the first priority is leadership, a personality,” D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said Monday when asked what he’s looking for...
Via isportsweb.com
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson

About to wrap up a season that will see them finish with the worst record in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks and new executive Tony La Russa have fired manager Kirk Gibson. Tony La Russa cleans house, as #Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell http://t.co/xAFcfVtlbz — HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) September 26, 2014 It’s been an incredibly disappointing...
Via Sportsnaut
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Kirk Gibson has lost support of D'Backs clubhouse

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)   Sources: LaRussa not yet convinced that #DBacks should fire Gibson, but clubhouse support for manager all but gone. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 13, 2014   According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse support of Kirk Gibson is “all but gone.” If this is truly the case, Gibson should be ready to pack his bags...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks: La Russa announces GM candidates

The search for the new general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks has begun. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has reported multiple times that the Diamondbacks are committed to improving their advanced metrics department. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has said that the team will embrace advanced metrics more than in years past but the metrics department will not interfere with the...
Via isportsweb.com
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs outfielder walks to first...on ball three (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Ender Inciarte had an embarrassing moment when he walked to first after ball three during his fifth inning at-bat in Friday night's game against Los Angeles.Inciarte took a 2-2 pitch low, tossed his bat aside and started jogging to first before being notified of his mistake. After double-checking with the...
Via Holdout Sports
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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