Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Diamondbacks, Gregor Blanco Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Blanco’s agent, Wil Polidor, tells Manolo Hernandez of BeisbolPorGotas.com (Twitter link). SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets that Blanco would receive a $1MM base..." January 17

  • D-Backs agree to 1-year deal with Iannetta

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks did not tender the contract of their 2016 starting catcher Welington Castillo, which resulted in him going elsewhere. Having already added a veteran catcher in December, the D-backs decided to sign another. It was reported Friday that Chris Iannetta, an 11-year pro who..." January 14

  • Jean Segura and the Mariners avoid arbitration with a one-year, $6.2 million deal

    MLB.com "The Mariners agreed to terms on contracts with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's deadline, including newcomers Drew Smyly, Jarrod Dyson, Danny Valencia and Jean Segura. Also agreeing to terms were center fielder Leonys Martin, starting pitcher James Paxton, and..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Will Curt Schilling make the Hall of Fame despite recent controversy?

    CBS Sports "The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 18. We're using the interim period to examine each of the 34 candidates on the BBWAA ballot. Remember that a player must be named on at least 75 percent of submitted ballots to be enshrined into Cooperstown. If you're tuning in..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Arizona Diamondbacks sue to get out of Chase Field

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks have filed suit against the Maricopa County Stadium District to get out out — or to alter — the terms of their lease for Chase Field. Specifically, they have asked for the removal of a clause in their lease which prevents the team from talking to outside stadium groups..." January 04

  • Royals Acquire Peter O’Brien From Diamondbacks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that they’ve traded outfielder Peter O’Brien, who had recently been designated for assignment, to the Royals in exchange for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis. The 26-yer-old O’Brien has drawn his fair share of attention over the years due to his gaudy..." January 03

  • Diamondbacks agree to deal with Rubby De La Rosa

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa on a minor league contract, a deal that will bring the talented but inconsistent and injury-prone right-hander back to the team only a month after he was cut loose via a nontender. De La Rosa has spent the past two seasons..." January 03

  • Why Red Sox said no thanks when Diamondbacks asked about Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart

    WEEI Boston "Word out of Arizona (courtesy the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro) is that former Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen, who currently holds the same title with the Diamondbacks, asked about the availability of catchers Christian Vazquez and/or Blake Swihart. The answer back from the Red Sox, per..." December 31

  • Diamondbacks in contact with Wieters, reportedly asked about Swihart

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks signed veteran free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis earlier this month and claimed another catcher, Juan Graterol, off waivers last week, but General Manager Mike Hazen said the club remains on the lookout for help at the position. “We probably still have some more work to do in that..." December 30

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • D-backs agree to deal with outfielder Oswaldo Arcia

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a deal with free agent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, sources told FanRag Sports. The 25-year-old Arcia got his professional service started with the Minnesota Twins back in 2013, a season after being named the organization’s Minor League Hitter of the Year, in..." December 20

  • Pirates reportedly sign Hudson to 2-year deal

    MLB.com "The Pirates and right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The club has not confirmed. Hudson, who turns 30 in March, was 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances this past season, his second full campaign since..." December 19

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Taking a closer look at Welington Castillo and what he could add to the Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "For now, the Orioles’ catching search seems to be squarely focused on free-agent Welington Castillo, which shouldn’t be surprising. If they’re not going to wait out Matt Wieters, hoping his price comes down, Castillo is the best catcher available in an unremarkable free-agent catcher..." December 11

  • Rodney relishing fresh start with D-Backs

    MLB.com "New D-backs closer Fernando Rodney joked that he's already placed an order for 45 invisible arrows, one for every save he hopes to rack up in 2017, and he plans to launch them into the sky from the mound with his new teammates after each victory. Rodney's postgame bow-and-arrow celebration is..." December 10

  • D-Backs, Rodney agree to 1-year deal

    Boston Herald "Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. Rodney agreed to the deal earlier this week, and it was completed Friday after he passed a physical. He can earn..." December 10

  • Orioles, Welington Castillo building toward deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles and free agent catcher Welington Castillo are currently building momentum towards a deal, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the sides have not yet come to a full agreement, it appears that the veteran backstop could be heading to Baltimore after recently being non-tendered by..." December 10

  • Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin draw interest

    Arizona Republic "Last month’s addition of right-hander Taijuan Walker gave the Diamondbacks enviable starting pitching depth, enough they could feasibly peel away from it in trade. And, by all accounts, the Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss starting pitching this week at the winter meetings. But,..." December 07

  • Diamondbacks add sign-and-flip candidate Fernando Rodney

    CBS Sports "Under a completely new leadership group, one can expect the Arizona Diamondbacks to do some reshuffling in the offseason. Sometimes, that includes finding ways to deepen the farm system in creative ways. One of those is grabbing a player on a one-year deal that could possibly land something of..." December 07

  • Diamondbacks name Dan Haren as pitching strategist

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday afternoon that former major leaguer Dan Haren has been named the organization’s new pitching strategist. The role will include working with the front office, the major league coaching staff, and the analytics department. Haren, 36, ended his 13-year playing..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • D-Backs have reached out to Ziegler, Hudson

    Arizona Republic "General Manager Mike Hazen enters this week’s winter meetings with increased payroll flexibility and an apparent intention to use it, saying the Diamondbacks’ recent moves have created some financial wiggle room without sacrificing their big-picture outlook. After trading infielder Jean Segura..." December 04

  • Diamondbacks hire Mike Fitzgerald to head Research and Development department

    Hardball Talk "According to an official announcement, the Diamondbacks have acquired former Pirates quantitative analyst Mike Fitzgerald as their new Director of Research and Development. Fitzgerald joined the Pirates’ front office in 2012, where he frequently accompanied the team on the road to help breach..." December 03

  • Rays expected to pursue catcher Welington Castillo

    Tampa Bay Times "There were no surprises Friday as the Rays tendered contracts to all of their majors-most 11 arbitration-eligible players. But an unexpected decision by the Diamondbacks not to tender Welington Castillo put the Rays in position to fill one of their main offseason goals in landing a proven..." December 03

  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo, Rubby De La Rosa

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks parted ways with catcher Welington Castillo and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on Friday, non-tendering a pair of players held in high regard by the previous regime, then filled Castillo’s vacancy by agreeing to terms with free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis on a two-year deal. The..." December 03

  • D-Backs agree to 2-year, $4M deal with Mathis

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "You can add another bullet point to the Marlins’ offseason to-do list: Pick a backup catcher. Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop. The loss is a..." December 03

  • Taijuan Walker was dealing with 10 bone spurs in his right foot last season

    Hardball Talk "According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, new Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker said he was dealing with 10 bone spurs in his right foot, which impacted his ability to push off and use his lower body. The biggest bone spur was three-fourths of an inch in size, Gilbert adds. Moving from the more..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30