Diamondbacks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Mariners, Diamondbacks work out five-player trade

    ESPN "The Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Taijuan Walker as part of a five-player trade that saw veteran shortstop Jean Segura shipped to the Mariners. Arizona also acquired infielder Ketel Marte from Seattle as part of the deal, with outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Zac Curtis going..." November 24

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • A year later, Greinke looks like D-backs’ best trade chip

    Fanrag Sports "Stealthily, the Diamondbacks made the biggest splash in the free agent market last winter with their quick move on Zack Greinke. A year later, some things will change. Some will not. For the D-backs, a top free agent play is implausible, if not impossible. Another move with Greinke as the..." November 19

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Diamondbacks name Ron Gardenhire bench coach

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a bunch of coaching announcements: Ron Gardenhire is the new bench coach, Tony Perezchica is the third base coach, Mike Fetters is the bullpen coach and Robby Hammock is the quality control coach. All will serve under new manager Torey Lovullo. Gardenhire was,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • The Diamondbacks have gotten rid of the “bloody ankles” uniforms

    Hardball Talk "Last year the Diamondbacks introduced new uniforms. They were met with mostly negative reviews. That’s not uncommon, however. People’s tastes when it comes to uniform styles tends to be all over the map and often changes over time. People made fun of the old Astros “Tequila Sunrise” jerseys for..." November 15

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Socrates Brito Undergoes Surgery For Broken Hamate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Diamondbacks outfielder Socrates Brito underwent surgery today after being diagnosed with a broken hamate bone, the club announced. He suffered the injury preparing for winter ball, per the release. Brito, 24, is expected to play a significant role in Arizona’s outfield mix in the near future...." November 09

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Hazelbaker, Kiekhefer are claimed on waivers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Early-season sparkplug Jeremy Hazelbaker, who hit three homers and batted .481 in the first two weeks of the 2016 season, and lefthanded reliever Dean Kiekhefer were lost by the Cardinals through waiver claims Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks plucked lefthanded-hitting outfielder Hazelbaker and..." November 05

  • Late Fernandez headlines Comeback Player of the Year finalists

    MLB Players "The common thread among the finalists for the Players Choice Award as Comeback Player in each league was perseverance. The six finalists, three in each league, pushed themselves to overcome obstacles and return to top performance levels on the field in 2016. Some reached new heights. In the..." November 04

  • Diamondbacks to name Torey Lovullo new manager

    Arizona Sports "Torey Lovullo has followed Mike Hazen from Beantown to the desert. According to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro, the team will name Lovullo, previously Boston’s bench coach, as Arizona’s new manager under Hazen and the revamped and restructured front office. The 51-year-old spent 2012-16 with..." November 04

  • Spurned by D-backs, Phil Nevin to join Giants coaching staff

    Arizona Sports "After being passed over in favor of Torey Lovullo as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ new manager, Phil Nevin appears to have already moved on. Nevin, who has guided the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team, the Reno Aces, since 2014, reportedly will be the San Francisco Giants’ new third base coach. As..." November 04

  • Diamondbacks, Rockies Close To Hiring Managers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs are choosing between Lovullo and their Triple-A manager, Phil Nevin, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link). They and the Rockies are likely to hire managers within the next 24 to 48 hours, per Nightengale. Wakamatsu, Marlins bench coach Tim Wallach, Cubs bench coach..." November 03

  • Wakamatsu to interview with Rockies and D-backs

    Today's Knuckleball "Don Wakamatsu, emerging as a hot managerial candidate, has managerial interviews with the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, according to sources. Wakamatsu, the bench coach of the Kansas City Royals since 2014, managed the Seattle Mariners for 2009 and most of 2010. Many people were..." October 30

  • D-backs will interview Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo for manager position

    Arizona Sports "A name linked with the open manager position for the Arizona Diamondbacks is reportedly set to have an interview for the job. Lovullo was called the favorite for the job by Fanrag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Folks would be surprised if the Diamondbacks don’t hire Red Sox bench coach Torey..." October 30

  • D-backs to interview former player Alex Cora for manager position

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have filled the general manager and assistant general manager position, and have now turned full focus on addressing the manager position. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman is reporting that the team has scheduled an interview with former big leaguer Alex Cora. Worth..." October 29

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Torey Lovullo is the front runner to be the Diamondbacks next manager

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that “folks would be surprised” if the Diamondbacks didn’t hire Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Indeed, he says he’d be “shocked” if Lovullo wasn’t given the job. New Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen comes from Boston, obviously,..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night. Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the..." October 26

  • Red Sox, D-backs, Twins In Mix For Amiel Sawdaye

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox vice president of international and amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye is weighing whether to accept Boston’s general manager job or take the Diamondbacks’ assistant GM position, Peter Gammons reports (Twitter link). It’s also possible Sawdaye could join the Twins’ front office, a source told..." October 24

  • D-backs manager search could include Torey Lovullo

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have their baseball operations boss. Now, it’s on new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen to make his first big decision: hiring a manager. The Diamondbacks and Hazen will also need to finalize the restructured front office staff to replace former..." October 17

  • Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

    Arizona Sports "Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox..." October 17

  • Arizona Diamondbacks hire Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen

    Boston Herald "The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced the signing of Red Sox executive Mike Hazen as executive vice president and general manager. "We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations," said Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick in a statement...." October 16

  • Diamondbacks Interested In Eddie Perez For Managerial Job

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have interest in Braves first base coach Eddie Perez for their managerial opening, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. Perez interviewed for the Braves managerial job that ultimately went to Brian Snitker, and he’s reportedly also recently attracted interest..." October 15

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Diamondbacks interested in Nats GM Mike Rizzo for front office

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With his Washington Nationals back in the postseason for the third time in the last five years, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo is drawing interest from his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to ESPN, the D'Backs plan to ask the Nats permission to interview him this offseason for a..." October 10

  • Dodgers offered D-Backs $25M annually to reacquire Greinke

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to spend when the situation warrants it. In fact, they are said by sources to have at one point offered the Diamondbacks a deal where the Dodgers would pay about $25 million of the $34 million-plus AAV on Zack Greinke’s deal in a deadline attempt to get him..." October 10

  • Tampa Bay Rays exec Chaim Bloom turns down Diamondbacks general manager interview

    Arizona Republic "Chaim Bloom, the vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, turned down an opportunity to interview with the Diamondbacks, according to league sources, making him the second known executive to do so as the club searches for a new general manager. The Diamondbacks also were..." October 10

  • Anthopoulos turns down D-backs

    Today's Knuckleball "Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, now a Dodgers executive, was contacted by the Arizona Diamondbacks about their open general manager’s job. But Anthopoulos has informed the D-backs that he will not be coming for an interview, and instead staying with the..." October 09

  • Chaim Bloom turns down GM interview with Diamondbacks

    Hardball Talk "Another day, another Diamondbacks general manager candidate bites the dust. Hours after Dodgers executive Alex Anthopoulos turned down the opportunity to interview with the Diamondbacks, Rays’ vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom reportedly declined the same offer (per Nick Piecoro of..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

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