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Brad Ziegler Is An Absolute Square

I have no idea how or why I follow Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler, but I do. I also don’t know if Brad is a good or bad guy- it looks like he owns a foundation that supports our country’s servicemen and servicewomen, which seems like a very honorable thing to do. However, I noticed this tweet come across my timeline and it just made me think that Brad Ziegler must...
Via Busted Coverage
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Be A Diamondbacks Pool Lifeguard, Make $8 An Hour

  The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a few good lifeguards who are willing to work weeknights, weekends, late nights, extra innings and worthless August/September games when the D-backs are out of the playoff hunt. You’re in? How about $8/hr. to work the lifeguard job? Still in? Requirements from the D-backs job listing: • Ability to hear, comprehend and disseminate instructions...
Via Busted Coverage
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks announce non-roster invitees

The Diamondbacks on Wednesday announced the 23 players will join the big-league team during spring training as non-roster invitees. The group is comprised of both minor leaguers and free agents signed to minor league deals this offseason, including 10 pitchers, five catchers, six infielders and two outfielders: Right-handed pitchers (8): Jake Barrett, Blake Beavan, Aaron Blair, Archie...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (16) | 2013 (8) | 2012 (5) | 2011 (23) | 2010 (28) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [64-98] NL West AAA: [81-63] Pacific Coast League - Reno AA: [79-58] Southern League - Mobile A+: [75-65] California League - Visalia A: [83-56] Midwest League - South Bend (2015: Kane County) A(ss): [48-28] Northwest League - Hillsboro Graduated...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #117: Mark Trumbo | 1B/OF | ARI

Around this time last year we were projecting huge things from Mark Trumbo in his first year in the desert. He checked in at 56th overall in our 2014 Top 200 Countdown on the strength of a projected 36 HR and 97 RBI. I take partial responsibility for missing on Trumbo. Of all the contributors here at Baseball Professor, I’m by far the most pro-Trumbo, but that’s because I...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10: First Basemen

  Paul Goldschmidt is one the baseball’s best and is the lone bright spot on a weak Arizona team. Baseball Hot Corner is about to wrap up the Top 10 feature. First base is one of the most star studded positions in baseball. There is a ton of talent at first base, mainly from an offensive standpoint. It is rare to find a first basemen that can’t just hit but also play some...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Arizona Diamondbacks

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 5

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a recommendation on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks announce deal for Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced an agreement with 21-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Yoan Lopez. The team said Saturday that Lopez had a deal for a minor league contract. The 6-foot-4 right-hander played three seasons in Cuba's top league, going 15-13 with a 3.76 ERA. Lopez got an $8.27 million signing bonus, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs to give away 5 bobbleheads in 2015

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the 2015 promotional schedule, highlighted by the retirement of Randy Johnson's No. 51 and bobblehead giveaway in 2015. D-backs mini-plans will go on sale Jan. 26 allowing fans to secure their seats for the historic festivities and include options for a 10-Game Mini-Plan and Prime Seat 6-Pack. Johnson will be inducted into the National...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Trumbo, Reed still without deals for 2015

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on Friday reportedly agreed on a $4.275 million contract for 2015, leaving outfielder Mark Trumbo and closer Addison Reed as the only arbitration-eligible players left. The sides are to exchange salary figures today, and the arbitration process will continue until an agreement is reached or an arbitrator sets the player...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Former big leaguer Kameron Loe suspended 50 games for drugs

NEW YORK (AP) Former major league pitcher Kameron Loe has been suspended 50 games for a drug violation. The commissioner's office announced Thursday that Loe and outfielder Terrell Joyce had been penalized 50 games each under the minor league program after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Both players are free agents. The 33-year-old Loe is 34-43 with a 4.49 ERA in nine...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Stewart: lack of analytics make Diamondbacks “true baseball team”

Just when you think we were entering a new era of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, with less silly statements from the team’s management, think again. Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart took a not so subtle shot at advanced analytics when talking to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral about the team’s pursuit of free agent starter James Shields. “I think James is a throwback guy by the way...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks ink RHP Yoan Lopez

Days after being cleared by the OFAC, free agent Yoan Lopez has agreed to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks, per Ben Badler of Baseball America. (Updated) Source: Yoan Lopez’s deal with #Dbacks is for $8.27MM. He turned down $9MM to sign with Arizona. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 13, 2015 The Cuban defector’s contract has been named the highest-ever bonus...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoan Lopez Agrees To Record Setting Deal In The Desert

As quickly as the Yoan Lopez sweepstakes started, it has come to an end. Jesse Sanchez of tweeted out this morning that Lopez has made his decision on which team he will pitch for stateside. Source: Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez agrees to record deal ($8.27 million) with #Dbacks. The latest details found here. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks’ Grant Heyman Great at First Impressions

With a major emphasis on hitting for power in professional baseball; organizations can never have too many power hitters being developed throughout their minor league systems. Taking this concept to heart, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Grant Heyman in this past June’s MLB draft with hopes of him becoming a major impact for the big league club in the near future. Known for his...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann: "Close the Hall of Fame and start over" (Video)

On Wednesday evening, ESPN's Keith Olbermann targeted the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for what he considers to be a broken voting system for electing players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Olbermann, players being excluded for suspected steroid use in recent years (most notably Mike Piazza in the most recent balloting) are "the lucky ones" because...
Via Holdout Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson has trouble buttoning up his Hall of Fame jersey (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Randy Johnson had some trouble buttoning up his jersey during Wednesday's press conference in Cooperstown for the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.While Jon Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio had no issues with their jerseys, Johnson couldn't get the buttons lined up with the right holes the first time. Smoltz had buttoned his...
Via Holdout Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies, Diamondbacks will play Spring Training game in Mexico

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will be playing a Spring Training game in Hermosillo, Mexico on March 29th. International baseball this spring: Announced today #Rockies and #DBacks will play in Hermosillo, Mexico, on Sunday, Mar. 29. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 7, 2015 Hey, at least it’s not a regular season game, and at least the teams don’t need to...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday. Johnson, with 303 wins, is a first-ballot selection. His 4,875 whiffs are the most ever by a left-hander and second behind Nolan Ryan’s all-time record (5,714). Johnson played for six teams...
Via Sports-Glory
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks and Pennington agree at $3,275,000 contract, avoid arbitration

PHOENIX -- Infielder Cliff Pennington and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,275,000 and avoided salary arbitration. Pennington played 68 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .254 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He missed two months of the season with a sprained thumb. The 30-year-old was primarily a shortstop with Oakland, but filled a...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Low Strikes and Winter Deals

Last Sunday’s column included several perspectives on the strike zone. Arizona Diamondbacks’ senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson wasn’t one of the people quoted, but I did address the subject with him at the winter meetings. Watson told me his club is paying attention, and is thus aware the 2014 zone was […]
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wade Miley confident in health, diet after trade from D-Backs

      This embed is invalid   " /> Wade Miley could be pitching with a chip on his shoulder this season.   Miley, who was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Boston Red Sox last week, is joining his new club amid chatter that his preparation habits weren’t sitting well with his old club in the weeks leading up to the deal. The 28-year-old left...
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees land Jeter's replacement in Didi Gregorius

With Derek Jeter riding off into the sunset, the Yankees needed a shortstop. The Diamondbacks were always somewhat natural trade partners, given the presence of both Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. With a little assistance from the Detroit Tigers, it sounds like the teams have finally struck a deal. The reported trade looks something like […]
Via Fangraphs
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasmany Tomas agrees to deal with Diamondbacks

Deep down, I think we all knew that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas would end up with a mystery team. Sure enough, the mystery team has won once again. But I think the identity of this year’s mystery team has shocked most of us – it’s the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have agreed to signed Tomas according to Jesse Sanchez of The six-year, $68.5 million pact falls short of...
Via The Outside Corner
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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