Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team. Medlen hasn’t pitched in the..." January 23

  • Diamondbacks To Sign Fernando Salas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have reached a minor-league deal with righty Fernando Salas, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter link). Additional terms are not yet known, but it seems fair to presume he’ll receive an invitation to the MLB side of spring camp. Salas, 32, has bounced between the..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas arrested after driving 105 mph in Tempe

    Arizona Central "Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving in excess of 105 mph on Loop 101 in Tempe, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Tomas was arrested and booked on charges of criminal speeding and reckless driving, DPS said. Tomas was..." January 19

  • Report: Red Sox have offered JD Martinez five years, $100 million

    Larry Brown Sports " J.D. Martinez reportedly has an offer in hand from the Boston Red Sox, and it’s easy to see now why he hasn’t taken it. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Martinez has an offer from the Red Sox for roughly five years and $100 million." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Report: Reds engaged in discussions with David Hernandez

    Hardball Talk "The Reds are engaged in “serious discussions” with free agent right-hander David Hernandez, according to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hernandez is one of several bullpen targets on the club’s radar this winter, though Buchanan points out that they’re still far from finalizing a deal..." January 14

  • D-backs avoid arbitration with 9 players including Ray, Lamb, Pollock

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals with nine more players Friday night, including many notable names from the 2017 roster. Those nine players are infielder Nick Ahmed, reliever Andrew Chafin, catcher Chris Herrmann, third baseman Jake Lamb, infielder and..." January 12

  • Report: Diamondbacks most persistent in pursuit of Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have yet to trade Manny Machado and may not do so, but one team that is persistently inquiring about him is the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday evening that Arizona continues to engaged Baltimore about trade..." January 12

  • D-backs agree to one-year deal with Corbin, avoid arbitration

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal with left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin, the team announced Thursday. Corbin started in 32 games this season for the D-backs, going 14-13. In 189.2 innings pitched, the lefty struck out 178 batters and posted an ERA..." January 12

  • J.D. Martinez Willing To ‘Hold Out’ Until He Gets Desired Offer

    NESN "The baseball world is waiting on J.D. Martinez to make a decision, and by the sounds of it, Martinez himself is ready to make them wait even longer. The free agent slugger is the best bat on the market, and a handful of teams have reported interest in the 30-year-old. But Martinez and agent..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Red Sox and JD Martinez remain in stalemate

    Fanrag Sports "Top free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have been engaged in a staredown/stalemate for weeks. And judging by Martinez’s commitment to the cause, it may go on quite awhile longer. Miami acquaintances of Martinez say he is willing to “hold out,” certainly into spring training,..." January 11

  • D-backs avoid arbitration with Randall Delgado, agree to one-year deal

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with reliever Randall Delgado and agreed to a one-year deal, the club announced Monday night. The former starter appeared in 26 games last season, starting in five games with a 3.59 ERA. He was out since mid-July with inflammation in right elbow..." January 09

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • J.D. Martinez has five-year offer from Boston, per report

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have made a five-year offer to free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported. Nightengale didn't report how much money Boston offered. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said his priority is to add a middle of the order hitter. But he..." January 02

  • Diamondbacks prospect Pavin Smith pays off family’s mortgage for Christmas

    Larry Brown Sports "You probably had not heard of Pavin Smith prior to Monday, but you know about him now thanks to his awesome gesture. Smith, who was the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, paid off the mortgage on his parents’ home for Christmas. Smith is only 21 and has yet to come..." December 26

  • D-Backs reportedly agree to sign Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano

    CBS Sports "The free-agent market has been moving slowly for everyone but relievers this offseason, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have gone overseas to add to their bullpen. According to the Arizona Republic, the D-Backs have agreed to a two-year contract with Orix Buffaloes closer Yoshihisa Hirano. The..." December 22

  • Yankees ready to deal for Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin?

    Newark Star-Ledger "At some point between now and the start of spring training, it's probably a good bet that the Yankees will land an impact starting pitcher. While big names--Yu Darvish, Gerrit Cole--continue to make headlines, a smaller name could be the right fit in a trade for general manager Brian Cashman...." December 21

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Red Sox want J.D. Martinez, but they have a Hanley Ramirez problem

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox on Monday signed incumbent first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year deal, which means they're very likely moving on from their Eric Hosmer flirtation. That means signing slugger J.D. Martinez is likely priority No. 1 for Dave Dombrowski and company. Boston badly needs more power in..." December 19

  • Report: Yankees showing interest in Patrick Corbin

    Bronx Pinstripes "Even after re-signing C.C. Sabathia, the New York Yankees continue to look to add an additional starting pitcher to their rotation. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees are scouting Patrick Corbin from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Olney notes that the Bronx Bombers have been “digging”..." December 19

  • J.D. Martinez tells Red Sox he would DH, but others want him as outfielder

    NBC Sports Boston "Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez has told the Red Sox he would DH and play the outfield for them, a baseball source said Friday. The flipside: teams are offering Martinez a full-time outfield job, and he enjoys playing the outfield. Martinez, the best bat available via free agency, visited..." December 18

  • Diamondbacks join White Sox, Cards in Machado trade sweepstakes

    CBS Sports "We've known for some time that the Orioles are looking to trade star infielder Manny Machado, who's entering his walk year in 2018. The Cardinals have been linked to Machado, as have the White Sox (as strange as that might sound for a still-rebuilding club). Now, ESPN's Buster Olney, in a..." December 17

  • Source: Red Sox talks signal interest in signing both J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer

    Boston Herald "A source at the winter meetings said that the Red Sox are engaged in talks with not only free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez but also free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The intent is not to try to ensure signing one of the two elite hitters, said the source. The goal is to try to sign..." December 14

  • Why would Diamondbacks want to trade ace Zack Greinke?

    Fanrag Sports "Why in the world would you want to trade Zack Greinke? It’s not like it hasn’t happened before — there was even that brief, glorious half-season when Greinke was with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that everyone has consigned to the memory-hole — but the last two teams that traded the..." December 14

  • Twins to sign veteran reliever Fernando Rodney

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to a with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, pending Rodney passing a physical exam. The 2018 contract has a $4.25 million base with $1.75 million in possible incentives, sources confirmed. There is also a team $4.25 option for 2019; if the Twins don't pick it up, there's a..." December 14

  • Yankees and Phillies inquired about Zack Greinke

    Fanrag Sports "In addition to the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies inquired about right-handedArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, a league source tells FanRag Sports. After signing two relievers – Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek – Philadelphia appears to be looking for an..." December 14

  • Yankees engage Diamondbacks on ideal infield fit

    New York Post "The Yankees have spoken to the Diamondbacks about Patrick Corbin. But not just Patrick Corbin. They also have had talks involving Brandon Drury, who could help fill what are now vacancies at second and third after the trades of Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, The Post has learned. The..." December 13

  • Looking at possible D-Backs trade candidates this offseason

    Arizona Central "Without much room to maneuver due to a tight budget, General Manager Mike Hazen said Monday the Diamondbacks might have to be “creative” to fill their roster needs for 2018. He also suggested the team has more in mind than just winning next year. “We may have to consider some things that you..." December 12

  • Rangers, Diamondbacks have discussed Greinke

    Bleacher Report "The Texas Rangers have reportedly reached out to the Arizona Diamondbacks to discuss a possible trade for starting pitcher Zack Greinke. On Tuesday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reported the sides are talking during the MLB winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, but noted no deal is..." December 12

  • JD Martinez to meet with Red Sox and others

    Fanrag Sports "Prized free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is coming to the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and will meet with representatives from the Boston Red Sox — among other teams — while he’s here. Martinez, coming off a career year that began in Detroit with the Tigers and ended in Arizona with the..." December 12

  • Yankees targeting Michael Fulmer, Patrick Corbin

    Sporting News "The Yankees already made a huge splash Monday by acquiring reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but the Bronx Bombers may not be done. According to USA Today, the Yankees have begun early talks to acquire Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer or Diamondbacks hurler Patrick..." December 12

  • D-backs expressing interest in Seung-Hwan Oh

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of many teams to express interest in free agent reliever Seung-Hwan Oh, league sources tell FanRag Sports. There is an industry expectation that a significant run on relievers is expected to occur at the Winter Meetings, and it’s possible that Oh is part of that..." December 12

  • Diamondbacks claim Henry Owens off waivers

    Hardball Talk "Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed Henry Owens off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Owens, 25, posted a 5.19 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 44 walks in 85 innings between 2015 and 2016. Based on that he spent all of last season in the minors,..." December 08

  • Diamondbacks sign TJ McFarland to 1-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they have signed left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland to a one-year deal. The southpaw was on a minors deal with Arizona last season, but he made the jump to the majors a few weeks into the regular season. The 28-year-old wound up making a..." December 06

  • D-backs have options in outfield if J.D. Martinez signs elsewhere

    Arizona Sports "Sure, the Arizona Diamondbacks would love to re-sign J.D. Martinez. But with the free agent outfielder reportedly seeking a contract in the $200 million range, general manager Mike Hazen might have to get creative to replace Martinez’s production. If the D-backs are unable to bring back..." December 05

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley likely to remain in bullpen in 2018

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks are moving forward with their offseason plans under the assumption that right-hander Archie Bradley will remain in the bullpen. What they haven’t yet determined is what role he’ll fill, a variable that gives them some flexibility as they pursue bullpen help. “We’re going to..." November 24

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Blue Jays could emerge as dark horse for JD Martinez

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as a dark horse candidate for star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. To this point, Martinez has been mostly connected to the Red Sox, the incumbent Diamondbacks, and at least a couple teams that are looking at superstar trade option Giancarlo Stanton first..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15