Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin, a Syracuse native and Yankee fan, could emerge as Bombers’ top offseason target

    New York Daily News "A few weeks ago, I wrote that Dallas Keuchel could be a more likely option for the Yankees in next winter's ballyhooed free-agent market than Manny Machado, based on their potential need for starting pitching as well as Hal Steinbrenner's firm belief he doesn't need a $200-plus million payroll to..." April 25

  • Patrick Corbin may be the next Yankees ace?

    USA Today "The greatest free-agent class in baseball history just got a whole lot better, and you better believe the New York Yankees are paying close attention. The Yankees, who are getting below the $197 million luxury tax for a reason, know all about the marquee names who will be free agents in..." April 23

  • Diamondbacks Agree To Minor League Deal With Brian Ellington

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs are in agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Brian Ellington, reports Zach Buchanan of The Athletic (Twitter link). The MVP Sports client was released by the Marlins earlier this month. Buchanan notes that he’s working his way back from a biceps injury and, as such, as..." April 20

  • D-backs’ Walker has partial tear in UCL, needs Tommy John surgery

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker needs Tommy John surgery for a partial tear in his UCL, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Wednesday. On Tuesday, Lovullo said Walker’s initial MRI showed a “UCL injury” and Walker would receive a second opinion in New York on..." April 18

  • Taijuan Walker's injury will test Diamondbacks' rotation depth

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks encountered two significant injuries before the season was even a week old. Neither has slowed them down. They don’t see why the latest injury, this one to right-hander Taijuan Walker, should be any different. “You have to have a next-man-up attitude,” catcher Alex Avila said...." April 17

  • MRI for D-backs’ Walker revealed injury to UCL, will get second opinion

    Arizona Sports "An MRI on Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker’s right elbow Monday determined that he has injured his UCL, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo told reporters on Tuesday. Walker will get a second opinion in New York on Wednesday and was already on the way there at the time Lovullo..." April 17

  • D-Backs' Walker removed from start with right forearm tightness

    MLB.com "D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker left his start against the Dodgers after just two innings Saturday night at Dodger Stadium due to right forearm tightness. "Just a little tightness," Walker said. "My forearm was a little tight and I didn't really want to push it, so I came out. I wanted to..." April 15

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' Deven Marrero loses home run after passing baserunner

    Arizona Central "Alex Avila tried falling on the sword, but first-base coach Dave McKay wouldn’t let him. The Diamondbacks had won a game in blowout fashion, beating the Dodgers for the fifth time in as many games this season, but a major topic in the postgame clubhouse was the home run that wasn’t. Avila..." April 15

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Steven Souza likely won't be back as early as Diamondbacks hoped

    Arizona Central "Right fielder Steven Souza played in an extended spring training game on Monday and felt more discomfort in his right pectoral area, a setback that likely means he won’t be returning from the disabled list during the upcoming homestand after all, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Souza..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Yadier Molina explains why he went after Torey Lovullo

    Yardbarker "Yadier Molina explained after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks why he went after opposing manager Torey Lovullo during a bench-clearing incident. Lovullo came out of the dugout to protest a strike three call on AJ Pollock in the second. While complaining about the call to umpire..." April 08

  • Benches clear in Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals as Yadier Molina goes after Torey Lovullo

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals hosted the Diamondbacks in their series finale on Sunday (ARI-STL GameTracker), and things got testy early. Arizona's A.J. Pollock objected to a strike three call by plate ump Tim Timmons, and before Pollock could be ejected manager Torey Lovullo came out to save his center fielder...." April 08

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Diamondbacks place Jake Lamb on DL with sprained left AC joint

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday they have placed infielder Jake Lamb on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left AC joint. The announcement came shortly after Lamb was left out of the D-backs’ lineup for their second matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. D-backs manager..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Diamondbacks place outfielder Yasmany Tomas on waivers

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks have placed slugger Yasmany Tomas on outright waivers, according to sources, a move that could amount to little more than his removal from the 40-man roster. Tomas, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno last weekend, would seem highly unlikely to be claimed given that he still has..." March 31

  • Diamondbacks name closer for 2018 season

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks had their 25-man roster set for Opening Day, but still needed to name a closer for the 2018 campaign. After manager Torey Lovullo told reporters he’d submit an answer before Tuesday’s exhibition game, it’ll be newcomer Brad Boxberger as the club’s closer, the team..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Zack Greinke finds his form in D-backs’ penultimate tuneup game

    Arizona Sports "Zack Greinke’s timeline to make his 2018 regular season debut hit a snag when the Diamondbacks ace tweaked his groin on March 14. Twelve days later and three days before Arizona opens the regular season against the Colorado Rockies, Greinke looked as ready to go as ever, needing 6.0 innings..." March 27

  • Dbacks and Ketel Marte agree to extension

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Ketel Marte have agreed on a five-year, $24 million extension, sources close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. There are an additional two option years attached to the end of the deal worth a combined $22 million, meaning that Marte’s deal could..." March 26

  • Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt brushes off pitch to the head during spring training

    CBS Sports "Baseball's regular season is just days away, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have already survived what might be the biggest scare of their year. That's because star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took a pitch straight to head during a minor-league spring training game between the D-Backs and..." March 25

  • Diamondbacks Designate Chris Herrmann For Assignment, Select Jorge De La Rosa’s Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have designated catcher Chris Herrmann for assignment, as per a team press release. In a corresponding move, the team also selected the contract of left-hander Jorge De La Rosa." March 25

  • D-Backs option $68M slugger Tomas to minors

    Arizona Sports "Yasmany Tomas was optioned to Triple-A Reno by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday morning, reducing the roster to 33 players. The Cuban outfielder/third baseman signed a six-year, $68-million dollar contract with the Diamondbacks in 2014 and was the highest-paid position player on the roster...." March 25

  • D-backs acquire INF Marrero from Red Sox

    MLB.com "The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF Deven Marrero (@Dmarrero305) from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The D-backs also selected the contract of RHP Fernando Salas and designated RHP Albert Suarez for assignment. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at..." March 24

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • D-backs’ Souza exits Cactus League game after straining right shoulder

    Arizona Sports "With Opening Day just eight days away, the Arizona Diamondbacks had a key piece exit Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants due to an injury. Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. was removed from the game at Salt River Fields after hurting his right shoulder. Souza will have..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks Release Antonio Bastardo, Reassign Neftali Feliz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have released veteran lefty Antonio Bastardo, per a club announcement. He had inked a minors deal with the organization back in January. That move was one among several that give some shape to the club’s pitching plans for the 2018 season. Also departing MLB camp were righties..." March 20

  • Greinke feels healthy in 1st session since injury

    MLB.com "Zack Greinke was all smiles and laughter as he walked off the bullpen mound and into the clubhouse with catcher Alex Avila after a 40-pitch bullpen session that put him back on track to start the season in the D-backs' rotation. "If I felt this good every day for the rest of my career, it would..." March 18

  • Zack Greinke probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Arizona Central "Torey Lovullo wouldn’t come out and say it, but the Diamondbacks manager seemed to suggest that right-hander Zack Greinke is no longer on target to start on Opening Day. Lovullo said Greinke, who departed his start on Wednesday after just one inning due to right groin tightness, will not throw..." March 16

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller encouraged by mound session

    Arizona Central "Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller went into his bullpen session on Tuesday with low expectations. He came away surprised by how good he felt. “I thought I’d maybe be a little shaky with my command,” Miller said after throwing off the mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John..." March 14

  • Zack Greinke exits with groin tightness

    Hardball Talk "Last week, Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke created cause for concern when he struggled to hit 90 MPH with his fastball. He wondered aloud if he just doesn’t have it anymore. Fortunately, during Tuesday’s appearance in a Cactus League game against the Reds, Greinke got his fastball up to 92..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Greinke's velocity is down and he admits he's 'a little nervous' it won't return

    CBS Sports "Each and every spring, fans and teams alike pay extra attention to the radar gun. With the new year underway everyone is anxious to see who has added velocity and -- probably more urgently -- who is missing velocity. Missing velocity is a pretty good indicator of age-related decline or..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Diamondbacks will be first team in 22 years to use bullpen car

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back an old baseball tradition in 2018, and it will allow them to generate some revenue in addition to making fans feel nostalgic. On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks revealed that they will be using a golf cart outfitted with a giant baseball cap to bring in..." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02