Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • J.D. Martinez Contract Includes Medical Protection For Red Sox, Third Opt-Out For Martinez

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a week of medical reviews and some reported alterations to the language in his five-year, $110MM contract, J.D. Martinez was introduced by the Red Sox at a press conference this morning (video link via MLB.com). Seemingly, the Lisfranc foot injury that hampered Martinez early in the 2017..." February 26

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Yankees, D-Backs, Rays Agree To Three-Team Trade; Souza To Arizona, Drury To New York

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs are also sending left-hander Anthony Banda, one of their top overall prospects, to the Rays in the deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that minor league righty Taylor Weidner is going from Arizona to New York in the deal,..." February 20

  • The Diamondbacks will be OK without JD Martinez

    Locked On MLB "Now that J.D. Martinez is (almost) officially headed to the Boston Red Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks can move on with an offseason that still feels incomplete. It feels like an inactive offseason for Arizona because the results haven’t been there in terms of completed deals. They haven’t made..." February 20

  • D-Backs, Dyson agree to 2-year, $7.5M deal

    Bleacher Report "Outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed with Arizona Diamondbacks Monday on a two-year deal Monday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. He reportedly will receive $7.5 million over two years. The signing serves as a consolation for the Diamondbacks, who were unable to re-sign J.D. Martinez. The..." February 19

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • D-backs sign pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to minor league contract

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. In 2017, De La Rosa went 3-1 for the Diamondbacks, posting a 4.21 ERA along with 45 strikeouts in 65 games. De..." February 16

  • What Other Teams Could Emerge For J.D. Martinez?

    MLB Trade Rumors "For the last several weeks, virtually all of the buzz around J.D. Martinez has centered around two teams — the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. Various reports have stated that the Sox have a five-year offer on the table for the slugger that is worth somewhere between $100MM and $125MM, possibly closer..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Diamondbacks on track to unveil humidor in 2018

    Arizona Central "Chase Field’s standing as one of baseball’s most hitter-friendly ballparks is subject to change. The Diamondbacks officially will unveil a humidor for 2018, General Manager Mike Hazen said. The humidor – a climate-controlled chamber in which baseballs are stored – could drastically impact how..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees to benefit from Red Sox low-balling JD Martinez?

    Newark Star-Ledger "On paper, the Yankees seem like the team to beat in the American League East. After all, they came within a game of reaching the 2017 World Series, and all they did during the offseason was add NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and his 59 home runs to the lineup. But to win the division, the Yankees..." February 13

  • J.D. Martinez’s offer from the Red Sox was not quite as big as reported

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting, both for what it means for J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox and for what it means for this odd offseason. It was widely reported earlier this offseason that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez was given a $125 million offer by the Boston Red Sox, who are seen as his primary..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • D-backs looking at creative ways to keep JD Martinez

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks remain engaged in negotiations with J.D. Martinez, and retain a decent chance to keep the free-agent slugging star in spite of a public perception that the Boston Red Sox are the clear favorite. Martinez’s agent Scott Boras recently had a third in-person meeting with..." February 13

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees stealing 'fed up' J.D. Martinez from Red Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought the Yankees lineup was a juggernaut already, imagine adding free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez to the mix. No, the Yankees aren't on the cusp of signing right-handed masher. But if talks between Martinez and the Boston Red Sox continue to sour during spring training, a fascinating..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Report: D-Backs Owner Met With Scott Boras About J.D. Martinez This Week

    12 Up "​Let the competition...begin again? For real? Potentially? While it seems like the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are simply staring each other down for the remainder of the offseason like a pair of lions, circling and waiting to pounce. But if the D-Backs have their way, they'll pop back into..." February 12

  • Catching up on Diamondbacks’ offseason moves

    Arizona Central "When pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields this upcoming week, the Diamondbacks’ offseason will draw to an ostensible close. But given how inactive the market was for most of the winter, it stands to reason that more moves could be coming. For now, though, let’s review what went..." February 11

  • ESPN Writer Believes Yankees Should Punish Red Sox and Steal JD Martinez

    12 Up "​Drake's "Big Rings" is going to be the theme song in the Yankees clubhouse this entire season. "I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings" will be played on repeat-- and for good reason. With Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez highlighting the Bombers' lineup,..." February 09

  • D-Backs willing to offer Martinez more than $100M

    Fanrag Sports "Although the Boston Red Sox have been seen as the main competitor to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the J.D. Martinez derby, for now the bigger threat could be a holdout (or at least a decision by Martinez to remain unsigned). With two teams believed to be at very similar levels – word is,..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Red Sox Rumors: J.D. Martinez 'Fed Up' with Boston, Could Sign with Another Team

    Bleacher Report "J.D. Martinez is reportedly considering turning down a contract offered by the Boston Red Sox unless they change their bid. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Martinez has told people he is "fed up with the Red Sox's inflexibility" and would prefer to sign with a different team. Jon Heyman..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Daniel Bard, ex-Red Sox RHP, joins Diamondbacks as player mentor; Jonny Gomes to be rookie ball hitting coach

    Mass Live "The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired former Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard to serve as a player mentor, one of four newly-created positions in the organization. Arizona also hired Jonny Gomes -- who won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox -- as hitting coach for the Rookie AZL D-backs. Bard..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Shelby Miller Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Diamondbacks

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Shelby Miller has won his arbitration hearing against the D-backs, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). The Roc Nation Sports client will earn $4.9MM in 2018 as opposed to the $4.7MM figure that was submitted by the team. His $4.9MM payday lines up with his projected..." February 01

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01