Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed drawing interest on trade market

    Arizona Republic "Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop. The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks continue to push envelope with over-the-top concessions

    Sportsnaut "It’s a day ending in “y” so it’s a given the Arizona Diamondbacks are taking regular concession stand foods and more than likely injecting them with steroids. Okay, so that’s not entirely true, but a couple of the newest food items they are introducing are just plain ridiculous. The latest..." March 20

  • Josh Thole could miss entire 2017 season

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks’ catcher Josh Thole is likely lost for the season, according to comments made by manager Torey Lovullo on Saturday. Per Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports, Thole suffered a significant hamstring tear and could undergo surgery, though he’s said to be seeking a second opinion..." March 19

  • Diamondbacks open to offers on Nick Ahmed

    Arizona Republic "Ildemaro Vargas fielded a hard smash on one hop and flung it effortlessly across the diamond, making a difficult play look surprisingly easy. An inning earlier on Wednesday night, he had lined a single into left field to drive in two runs, a hit that came off reliever Carl Edwards Jr., a pitcher..." March 17

  • Yasmany Tomas diagnosed with a strained oblique

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas recently underwent an MRI for what he and the team thought was a lower back injury but turned out to be a strained oblique, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but oblique injuries are notoriously tricky and..." March 16

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke mum on velocity after minor-league test

    Arizona Republic "With most deliveries accompanied by his customary grunts, Zack Greinke threw four fastballs at 91 mph in the first inning on Monday morning. He hit 90 mph three times in the second. But the Diamondbacks’ ace did not throw a fastball that exceeded 89 mph after that, and later he refused to..." March 14

  • Diamondbacks' Andrew Chafin hoping to save his bullets

    Arizona Republic "Left-hander Andrew Chafin feels good, his shoulder strong, and for this he credits an offseason of what he describes as preventative work. The Diamondbacks reliever is hoping to stay in a preventative mode even when the season begins. For stretches last season, Chafin was the only left-hander..." March 12

  • Ex-Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto regrets passing on Chris Sale

    Arizona Republic "Mistakes made in the draft room still keep Jerry Dipoto up at night – and that includes an ill-fated selection the Diamondbacks made in the 2010 draft that still reverberates within the organization. That decision: passing on left-hander Chris Sale. Sale was still on the board when the..." March 11

  • Zack Greinke’s velocity is down

    Hardball Talk "Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks played Team Mexico yesterday. During the game his fastball velocity topped out at 89.5 m.p.h. He was mostly sitting around 88. Greinke gave up two runs on six hits over 2.2 innings. After the game Greinke downplayed it saying, “it’s still early,” and the..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Top eight most annoying MLB players

    Sportsnaut "Most of the time when it comes to favoring a team, certain MLB players won’t deter you from standing a few extra minutes in line waiting for an autograph. Even if that player’s makeup isn’t exactly warm and uplifting. On the other hand, there are some players that have a tendency (or three) to..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Jean Segura replaces Hanley Ramriez on Dominican Republic WBC roster

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez has been battling a sore right shoulder and announced on Thursday that he is not participating in the World Baseball Classic. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura will replace him on the Dominican Republic roster, Jon Morosi reports. The shoulder soreness affects Ramirez’s..." March 03

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Zack Greinke named the Dbacks’ Opening Day starter

    Hardball Talk "Not a surprise, but a news item on a slow news day is a news item on a slow news day: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club’s Opening Day starter. Greinke’s first season with the Diamondbacks is not exactly what the club hoped for when he signed a six-year,..." March 01

  • Team Canada’s Adam Loewen replaced by Ryan Kellogg ahead of WBC

    Sportsnet "Canadian pitcher Adam Loewen has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic and will be replaced by Ryan Kellogg, Baseball Canada announced Wednesday. Kellogg, a member of the Chicago Cubs since being drafted in the fifth round in 2015, played the 2016 season with Single-A South Bend. In 130.2..." March 01

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • More agile Drury looking to secure job at second base

    MLB.com "At the end of last season, the D-backs wanted Brandon Drury to improve his agility and lateral movements during the offseason. Through the first week of full-squad activities, it's clear Drury took those words to heart. "Everybody is basically saying the same thing," D-backs manager Torey..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller expects strong results with refreshed attitude

    Fox Sports "It’s too early for regret. Well, at least, for complete regret. Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ former general manager, told MLB Network Radio last week, “I should have stuck to my gut … My gut the whole time said I shouldn’t move Dansby Swanson.” Virtually the entire industry agreed with..." February 20

  • Diamondbacks' David Peralta feels 100 percent

    Arizona Republic "David Peralta’s 2016 season with the Diamondbacks had so many different starts and stops to it, it nearly gave him whiplash. After all the injuries he dealt with, it’s a wonder whiplash wasn’t one of them. The outfielder played the first 33 games of the year but then missed the next 26 games..." February 19

  • Ex-GM Dave Stewart wishes for redo on Shelby Miller deal

    USA Today "Former General Manager Dave Stewart said during a radio interview Wednesday that if he could have one mulligan from his time with the Diamondbacks, it would be the inclusion of shortstop Dansby Swanson in the Shelby Miller trade. “I would probably say,” Stewart told Sirius XM's MLB Network..." February 18

  • D-backs pitcher shares great reason for not shaving since Halloween

    Sportress of Blogitude "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley showed up for spring training this week sporting a burly, unkempt beard. While many players may get lax on assorted grooming responsibilities during the offseason as way of relaxing, Bradley has a much more inspired reason for doing..." February 16

  • D-backs believe in starting rotation entering 2017

    Fanrag Sports "It was easy to define the Arizona Diamondbacks’ futility last season. Their 5.09 team ERA was a major league high. The starters’ ERA was even higher, at 5.39. While pitchers who made 160 of those 162 starts are in camp this spring, new general manager Mike Hazen said he believes not only in..." February 15

  • Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday announced that new bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Diamondbacks announced the unfortunate news via the organization’s official Twitter account, which featured quotes from Gardenhire, who said in part, “I’m going to..." February 14

  • Anderson, Wacha, Walker lose arbitration cases

    Fanrag Sports "Unlike three of their fellow first-year arbitration-eligible pitchers, Chase Anderson, Michael Wacha, and Taijuan Walker lost their arbitration cases Tuesday morning, bringing the final tally on such cases to 3-3. Anderson, a 29-year-old right-hander for the Milwaukee Brewers, will earn $2.45..." February 14

  • Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke delayed despite being ‘ready to go’

    Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke’s name was listed among those expected to throw a bullpen session at Tuesday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers. That won’t happen, manager Torey Lovullo said, stressing that there’s no reason to worry about the club’s high-priced ace. With an extra..." February 14

  • Diamondbacks, Kevin Jepsen Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks and veteran right-hander Kevin Jepsen are in agreement on a minor league contract, reports MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert (via Twitter). Arizona also reportedly agreed to a minors deal with Brian Matusz this morning as well, giving them a pair of experienced arms to add to their Spring..." February 13

  • D-Backs, Brian Matusz Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with former Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). Matusz is a client of Excel Sports. The 30-year-old southpaw logged just nine innings in the Majors last season and allowed a troubling 14..." February 13

  • Diamondbacks sign Tom Wilhelmsen to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks have signed free agent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal, per a team announcement on Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to spring training. Wilhelmsen was released by the Mariners in November. The 33-year-old split his 2016 run between the..." February 11

  • D-Backs trade Gosselin to Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve traded recently designated infielder Phil Gosselin to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Frank Duncan. Right-hander Nefi Ogando has been designated for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster, the Pirates announced. (Gosselin was..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Diamondbacks sign Daniel Descalso to one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Fellow infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment to clear room on the D-backs’ 40-man roster. Descalso is used to the National League West, having spent the previous two seasons with the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Chris Owings could see time in the outfield corners this spring

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks’ infielder/outfielder Chris Owings is preparing for another defensive switch in 2017, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro writes. According to GM Mike Hazen, the 25-year-old will see some time in the outfield corners during spring training in order to provide the club with extra..." February 04

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24