Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller expects strong results with refreshed attitude

    Fox Sports "It’s too early for regret. Well, at least, for complete regret. Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ former general manager, told MLB Network Radio last week, “I should have stuck to my gut … My gut the whole time said I shouldn’t move Dansby Swanson.” Virtually the entire industry agreed with..." February 20

  • Diamondbacks' David Peralta feels 100 percent

    Arizona Republic "David Peralta’s 2016 season with the Diamondbacks had so many different starts and stops to it, it nearly gave him whiplash. After all the injuries he dealt with, it’s a wonder whiplash wasn’t one of them. The outfielder played the first 33 games of the year but then missed the next 26 games..." February 19

  • Ex-GM Dave Stewart wishes for redo on Shelby Miller deal

    USA Today "Former General Manager Dave Stewart said during a radio interview Wednesday that if he could have one mulligan from his time with the Diamondbacks, it would be the inclusion of shortstop Dansby Swanson in the Shelby Miller trade. “I would probably say,” Stewart told Sirius XM's MLB Network..." February 18

  • D-backs pitcher shares great reason for not shaving since Halloween

    Sportress of Blogitude "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley showed up for spring training this week sporting a burly, unkempt beard. While many players may get lax on assorted grooming responsibilities during the offseason as way of relaxing, Bradley has a much more inspired reason for doing..." February 16

  • D-backs believe in starting rotation entering 2017

    Fanrag Sports "It was easy to define the Arizona Diamondbacks’ futility last season. Their 5.09 team ERA was a major league high. The starters’ ERA was even higher, at 5.39. While pitchers who made 160 of those 162 starts are in camp this spring, new general manager Mike Hazen said he believes not only in..." February 15

  • Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday announced that new bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Diamondbacks announced the unfortunate news via the organization’s official Twitter account, which featured quotes from Gardenhire, who said in part, “I’m going to..." February 14

  • Anderson, Wacha, Walker lose arbitration cases

    Fanrag Sports "Unlike three of their fellow first-year arbitration-eligible pitchers, Chase Anderson, Michael Wacha, and Taijuan Walker lost their arbitration cases Tuesday morning, bringing the final tally on such cases to 3-3. Anderson, a 29-year-old right-hander for the Milwaukee Brewers, will earn $2.45..." February 14

  • Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke delayed despite being ‘ready to go’

    Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke’s name was listed among those expected to throw a bullpen session at Tuesday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers. That won’t happen, manager Torey Lovullo said, stressing that there’s no reason to worry about the club’s high-priced ace. With an extra..." February 14

  • Diamondbacks, Kevin Jepsen Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks and veteran right-hander Kevin Jepsen are in agreement on a minor league contract, reports MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert (via Twitter). Arizona also reportedly agreed to a minors deal with Brian Matusz this morning as well, giving them a pair of experienced arms to add to their Spring..." February 13

  • D-Backs, Brian Matusz Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with former Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). Matusz is a client of Excel Sports. The 30-year-old southpaw logged just nine innings in the Majors last season and allowed a troubling 14..." February 13

  • Diamondbacks sign Tom Wilhelmsen to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks have signed free agent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal, per a team announcement on Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to spring training. Wilhelmsen was released by the Mariners in November. The 33-year-old split his 2016 run between the..." February 11

  • D-Backs trade Gosselin to Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve traded recently designated infielder Phil Gosselin to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Frank Duncan. Right-hander Nefi Ogando has been designated for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster, the Pirates announced. (Gosselin was..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Diamondbacks sign Daniel Descalso to one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Fellow infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment to clear room on the D-backs’ 40-man roster. Descalso is used to the National League West, having spent the previous two seasons with the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Chris Owings could see time in the outfield corners this spring

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks’ infielder/outfielder Chris Owings is preparing for another defensive switch in 2017, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro writes. According to GM Mike Hazen, the 25-year-old will see some time in the outfield corners during spring training in order to provide the club with extra..." February 04

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Report: Former Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole signs with Diamondbacks

    Sportsnet "The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor-league contract, according to reports. Thole spent four seasons in the Blue Jays organization, primarily as a personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. " January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • 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