Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Shelby Miller likely to make season debut on Monday

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, a move that appears to signal an imminent return from the disabled list for right-hander Shelby Miller. In Koch’s place, the club recalled right-hander Jake Barrett, who likely will be available in..." June 20

  • Diamondbacks and Orioles have talked about Manny Machado trade

    Sportsnaut "A new suitor has entered the Manny Machado sweepstakes. According to a report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about possibly acquiring the slugger. Machado has been tied to multiple teams. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have both been..." June 19

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Lackey passes on Diamondback's offer, Buchholz steps in

    Yardbarker "The Diamondbacks made a minor league offer to right-hander John Lackey this offseason, writes USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, but the veteran righty passed on the opportunity. Coincidentally, Lackey’s friend and former teammate, Clay Buchholz, ultimately wound up in the D-backs..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Arizona Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jon Jay from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. “We felt like where we are in the division right now, how the division is shaking out with almost all five teams sitting right on top of each other,..." June 07

  • The wild, wild NL West: League's worst division is absolutely fascinating

    USA Today "Madison Bumgarner opened the door Tuesday afternoon to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s office, and immediately demanded to know what was going on. “I just saw the lineup card," Bumgarner said, “and I’m batting ninth? “Ninth? Are..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens signs with Diamondbacks, per source

    Mass Live "The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with former Red Sox lefty Henry Owens, a source told MassLive on Friday. Owens, who turns 26 in July, was a first-round pick (36th overall) of the Red Sox in 2011 and went on to make 16 starts for the club in 2015 and 2016. He..." June 01

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Kris Medlen Retires

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-hander Kris Medlen has retired, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He had been pitching in the minors with the Diamondbacks organization. " May 27

  • Diamondbacks’ Mitch Haniger-Jean Segura trade for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte leaning toward regrettable

    Arizona Central "A year ago, right-hander Taijuan Walker was a steady presence in the rotation and infielder Ketel Marte was a late-season lifesaver from Triple-A Reno. Both came to the Diamondbacks in the same offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners, and it’s possible the club wouldn’t have..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Diamondbacks Place Steven Souza On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral.  This is the same injury that kept Souza from making his season debut until May.  Outfielder Socrates Brito has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. " May 22

  • Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo admits team is pressing

    Larry Brown Sports "After a red-hot start to the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 10 of 11 and are struggling to reverse the trend. Things continued to get worse after a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the second time they’ve fallen victim to a series sweep in their last three...." May 21

  • Diamondbacks To Select Clay Buchholz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks will select the contract of veteran righty Clay Buchholz, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters including Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter link). He’ll make a start on Sunday, so presumably the roster move won’t be made official until..." May 18

  • Report: Five teams could trade for Cole Hamels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers are in last place and headed for another lost season, and a mass exodus could follow this summer. Amid reports that the Rangers are willing to trade their top assets this summer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that they may find five major suitors for ace..." May 18

  • Diamondbacks are in a hideous offensive slump

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks were fourth in the NL in OPS and fifth in runs while going 20-8 during the first month of the season. May, though, has been a problem. After collecting just four hits in an 8-2 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, the Diamondbacks find themselves batting .190 this month...." May 17

  • BREAKING: Pollock (thumb) out 4-8 weeks

    MLB.com "As had been feared over the past 24 hours, the D-backs will indeed be without center fielder A.J. Pollock for the foreseeable future. After seeing a hand specialist Tuesday, Pollock was revealed to have suffered an avulsion fracture in his left thumb and will miss four to eight weeks,..." May 15

  • Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock departs with sprained left thumb

    Arizona Central "A.J. Pollock made the slow walk from center field toward the home dugout on Monday night, a trainer by his side. It was a sight the Diamondbacks have become conditioned to fear. As if their current skid wasn’t bad enough, they might have lost their star center fielder in the..." May 15

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Arizona Diamondbacks can start looking for a new stadium

    Arizona Central "The Arizona Diamondbacks can leave Chase Field and end the team's 20-year residence at the downtown Phoenix stadium as early as 2022, Maricopa County leaders decided Wednesday. The county Board of Supervisors passed the agreement 4-1 a week after making the deal public, ending a longstanding..." May 10

  • Was A.J. Pollock guilty of a baseball 'flop' in crucial obstruction play? Justin Verlander thinks so

    CBS Sports "After winning their Sunday rubber match against the world-champion Astros (ARI 3, HOU 1), the Diamondbacks moved to an NL-best 23-11 and still haven't lost a series in 2018. That said, the win over Houston was not without some controversy. In the sixth with one out, Houston co-ace Justin..." May 07

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • The Diamondbacks still haven’t lost a series this year

    Hardball Talk "With the aid of a controversial obstruction call, the Diamondbacks defeated the Astros 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, taking two of three games in the series. That means that the Diamondbacks still haven’t lost a series this season. Here’s how they’ve gone: vs. Rockies: Won two of three vs. Dodgers:..." May 07

  • It happened! The bullpen cart was finally used in a regular season game

    MLB.com "Well, it finally happened. The bullpen cart made its presence known for the first time in the regular season compliments of Astros pitcher Collin McHugh. In the bottom of the sixth during Saturday night's Astros-D-backs game, McHugh replaced Charlie Morton on the mound and we witnessed..." May 06

  • Arizona Diamondbacks sign veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz to minor-league deal

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks signed veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz to a minor-league deal on Friday. The terms of the deal are not yet known. Buchholz, 33, most recently pitched in the majors with the Phillies in 2017 and allowed 10 runs over two starts (7 1/3 innings). Prior to his time in..." May 05

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • MLB rumors: Yankees pursuing underrated star outfielder?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Baseball's most star-studded outfield could get even more impressive next year. With the 2018-19 MLB free agent class generating so much attention, the possible connections to the Yankees won't stop. From Bryce Harper to Manny Machado to Clayton Kershaw, every big name on the market will likely..." May 04

  • Diamondbacks Activate Steven Souza Jr.

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs announced today that they’ve activated outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the disabled list and optioned first baseman Christian Walker to Triple-A Reno. Souza will make his Diamondbacks debut today against the Dodgers, batting fifth and playing right field. Arizona’s offseason..." May 03

  • Diamondbacks call on pitcher Kris Medlen to start Friday vs. Astros

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks will call upon 32-year-old Kris Medlen to start Friday in a series opener against the Houston Astros. Manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Thursday that Medlen will take the first of pitcher Robbie Ray’s scheduled starts as Ray recovers from a right oblique..." May 03

  • D-backs, Maricopa County Reportedly Reach Agreement Regarding Stadium Lease

    Arizona Central "Maricopa County has struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks over Chase Field that allows the team to immediately begin looking for another home if it drops a lawsuit arguing the county should pay $187 million in repairs,The Arizona Republic has learned. Under the preliminary agreement, the..." May 02

  • Diamondbacks' David Peralta 'day-to-day' after leaving Monday's game with hand injury

    Arizona Central "After leaving in the seventh inning of Monday's game with a hand injury, Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta was diagnosed as "day-to-day" after X-rays came back negative, according to manager Torey Lovullo. According to Lovullo, Peralta has a right hand contusion and will be evaluated again..." May 01

  • Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray leaves start with strained oblique

    Arizona Central "Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray departed his start on Sunday against the Washington Nationals with a strained right oblique, the team announced. Ray called the training staff to the mound with a 1-0 count on the Nationals’ Matt Wieters in the second inning. He had looked to be in some..." April 29

  • Diamondbacks make history with ninth consecutive series win

    Hardball Talk "On Saturday, the Diamondbacks improved to a 19-4 record after a nailbiting 4-3 finish against the Nationals. Trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning, A.J. Pollock produced the game-tying RBI single off of Ryan Madson, then returned in the 10th to walk in the go-ahead run. With the win, the D-backs tied..." April 29

  • 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