Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month. La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when..." October 18

  • Diamondbacks Outright Steve Hathaway

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have outrighted lefty Steve Hathaway off of the 40-man roster, per a club announcement. He was first reinstated from the 60-day DL. Shoulder issues kept the 27-year-old Hathaway out for all but one appearance this year. That made for a disappointing campaign for the former..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Red Sox request D-Backs' permission to interview Gardenhire

    Boston "The search for the next Red Sox manager is beginning to come into focus. With former Red Sox infielder – and current Astros bench coach – Alex Cora scheduled for an interview, another name is reportedly in the mix. Ron Gardenhire, who was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach in 2017, is reportedly a..." October 15

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Diamondbacks guard pool to prevent Dodgers from swimming

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks couldn’t prevent the Los Angeles Dodgers from beating them in the NLDS, but they could prevent a repeat of 2013’s celebration. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Game 3 of their series Monday to complete the sweep and advance. Four years ago the Dodgers clinched..." October 10

  • Roberts: Dodgers won't swim in D-Backs' pool if they win series

    Orange County Register "Everybody out of the pool. Four years ago the Dodgers clinched the first of their five consecutive NL West titles at Chase Field. After celebrating in the visitors’ clubhouse for awhile, a group of Dodgers took the party onto the field, over the right-field fence and into the pool there. Photos..." October 09

  • Zack Greinke to start NLDS Game 3 for Diamondbacks

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Greinke has been named the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, as expected. Greinke started the NL wild-card game for the Diamondbacks and was knocked out in the fourth inning. He allowed four runs and six hits over 3.2 innings..." October 07

  • MLB fines Ariel Prieto, Diamondbacks over Apple Watch

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday it was reported that Major League Baseball was investigating Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto for wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout during Wednesday night’s Wild Card Game against the Rockies. The Dbacks said yesterday that Prieto inadvertently wore the watch and that it was not used..." October 06

  • D-backs' Ariel Prieto apologizes to manager for watch in dugout

    ESPN "Arizona Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto says it was a mistake for him to wear an Apple Watch in the dugout during the National League wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies. Prieto told reporters on Thursday that he didn't use the watch for any illicit purpose and that it was on "airplane..." October 06

  • Diamondbacks to start Taijuan Walker in Game 1 of NLDS vs. Dodgers

    Arizona Republic "With right-hander Taijuan Walker tabbed as the Game 1 starter on Friday night against the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks appear to be leaning toward starting Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke in the following two games. That, of course, depends on how Ray bounces back after logging 2 1/3 innings in relief..." October 06

  • Did Diamondbacks try to pull off Red Sox-style espionage?

    New York Post "Major League Baseball has launched an investigation to determine why and for what purpose Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto was wearing an electronic watch during their wild card game Wednesday night against the Rockies, The Post has learned. In a picture obtained by The Post that MLB has seen,..." October 05

  • Tip: Do not promise to get Archie Bradley’s face tattooed on your back

    Hardball Talk "Late in the Rockies-Diamondbacks game last night a lot of people on Twitter wondered what in the heck Torey Lovullo was doing. The Dbacks had the lead, yes, but given how that game was going, no lead felt safe. Insurance runs seemed super important. Yet, in the bottom of the seventh inning, with..." October 05

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Zack Greinke Expected To Start Wild Card Game For Arizona

    Real GM Baseball "The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 4 and are expected to start Zack Greinke. Greinke has pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 4.91 K/BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings. Over nine postseason starts, Greinke has a 3.55 ERA with a K/BB ratio of 6.00." September 26

  • Diamondbacks' Fernando Rodney in line to earn at least $4 million

    Arizona Republic "The price tag for closer Fernando Rodney’s services has climbed as the year has progressed. The Diamondbacks are happy to be paying it. When the Diamondbacks signed him in December, they guaranteed him a $2.75 million base salary with the chance to earn up to $6.75 million if he met various..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Pat Neshek vs. Zack Greinke autograph feud: Diamondbacks fans come to Greinke's defense

    USA Today "Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke hasn't said anything about Colorado reliever Pat Neshek's autograph claims. But Arizona Diamondback fans have come to his defense, flooding social media after the Rockies pitcher called out Greinke on Tuesday for refusing to sign some baseball cards for..." September 21

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Pat Neshek roasts Zack Greinke for turning down autograph request

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek is an avid collector of autographs, and his status as an MLB player gives him access to a number of opportunities the common collector doesn’t have. Except, of course, when it comes to Zack Greinke. Neshek, who was the Phillies’ lone representative at..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez: Powerful bromance blooms in desert for Diamondbacks

    USA Today "J.D. Martinez didn’t need Paul Goldschmidt to complete his stunning reclamation, and Goldschmidt didn’t need Martinez to become one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, here they are, two months after becoming teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they have no idea how great they'd be..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Indians, Diamondbacks make MLB history

    Sportsnaut "With their wins on Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks bumped their winning streaks up to 14 and 13 games, respectively. Two teams carrying simultaneous winning streaks of that length isn’t just rare, it’s actually unprecedented. Elias Sports Bureau responded, adding even..." September 07

  • Yasmani Grandal: Dodgers do not fear Diamondbacks in playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a major rough patch, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot to do with it. The Dodgers have dropped 10 of their last 11 games, including five straight to Arizona, who well and truly have their number right now. There is a very real chance that the two teams..." September 06

  • Yasmani Grandal: Dodgers do not fear Diamondbacks in playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a major rough patch, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot to do with it. The Dodgers have dropped 10 of their last 11 games, including five straight to Arizona, who well and truly have their number right now. There is a very real chance that the two teams..." September 06

  • Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez interested in sticking around long term

    Arizona Republic "J.D. Martinez laughs at the idea that, only a few weeks after his 30th birthday, he’s one of the veterans on the Diamondbacks’ roster. But it’s also one of the things he likes most about his new team – and one of the reasons he says he’d love to be able to remain with the Diamondbacks beyond this..." September 06

  • Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt returns to Phoenix for MRI on elbow

    Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt is out of the lineup for the second consecutive day and is returning to Phoenix to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. Goldschmidt said he’s experienced discomfort in his elbow for the past week, and though both he and manager Torey Lovullo downplayed their..." September 05

  • The Fernando Rodney Experience is working for the Diamondbacks

    Sporting News "The ninth inning at Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, has become known as the Fernando Rodney Experience, beginning with Lil Jon’s “Live the Night” blasting from the speakers and ending, more times than not, with an invisible arrow shot into the Phoenix night sky celebrating a save and a..." September 01

  • Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed breaks wrist just days before return

    Arizona Republic "Only days before he was expected back from the disabled list, Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is hurt again. Ahmed suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during his rehab game on Sunday night and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, General Manager Mike Hazen said...." August 29

  • Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis to DL with fractured hand

    Arizona Republic "Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand after being struck by a foul tip in Monday night’s game, and the Diamondbacks catcher was placed on the 10-day disabled list. How much time he’ll miss remains to be seen. It’s possible Mathis is done for the year. It’s also possible it’s an..." August 23

  • Shelby Miller Hires Roc Nation Sports

    MLB Trade Rumors "Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller has hired Roc Nation Sports and agent Kyle Thousand to represent him, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports on Twitter. Miller, who’s still just 26 years of age, underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May. So long as his recovery goes well, he ought to..." August 22

  • August acquisitions not likely for Diamondbacks

    Arizona Republic "The Dodgers and Brewers made acquisitions this past week, adding outfielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Neil Walker, respectively. For those contending clubs, the waiver deals should bolster their lineups. The Diamondbacks, however, do not seem likely to make a similar acquisition,..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Judge orders arbitration in Diamondbacks lawsuit over stadium

    Arizona Republic "A years-long dispute between Maricopa County and the Arizona Diamondbacks over repairs and improvements to Chase Field could be over before the end of the year, according to a court ruling Thursday. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered the local government and the team to negotiate..." August 18

  • Rubby De La Rosa to undergo a second Tommy John Surgery

    Hardball Talk "This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011. De La Rosa has had elbow issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent..." August 17

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Yankees, D-Backs among teams on Bruce's no-trade list

    The Score "Now that Jay Bruce has reportedly cleared revocable waivers, the New York Mets can work on trading their outfielder, but negotiations may be limited to 21 teams as the slugger has an eight-team no-trade list that includes the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." August 06

  • Diamondbacks send Robbie Ray back to Arizona after line drive to head

    Sporting News "Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray is back in Phoenix to be examined by a neurologist after he was hit in the head by a line drive Friday. Ray was placed on the seven-day concussion list immediately, but was still going to travel with the Diamondbacks as they continued their road trip to face the..." August 03

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