Player News - Diamondbacks

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are working through a medical issue, though his immediate readiness to play is not in question.

There is expected to be more clarity on the situation on Saturday. It doesn't sound as though the deal is going to fall through, but there could be some change in the overall structure of the contract or the money involved. It sounds like the Red Sox are simply doing their due diligence and making sure that their own medical experts come to the same conclusions as the one's provided by Martinez and his camp.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 11:07 AM

Jeremy Hazelbaker slugged a solo homer as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 7-6 in 10 innings on Friday to begin the Cactus League schedule.

Hazelbaker proved useful in limited playing time with the Diamondbacks last season, batting .346/.443/.577 with six extra-base hits (including two homers) in 61 plate appearances. The outfield is very crowded at the moment, but the 30-year-old would be in better position if the Diamondbacks end up trading Yasmany Tomas this spring.
Feb 23 - 9:59 PM

Yasmany Tomas singled and drew a walk in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies.

While Tomas had a nice day at the plate, the same couldn’t be said for in the field, as he misplayed a fly ball and had it roll past him for an error. The Diamondbacks acquired both Steven Souza and Jarrod Dyson this week, so Tomas is an expensive bench bat at the moment. A trade would be the best outcome — preferably to an AL club — but the D-Backs would have to eat some cash to make it palatable.
Feb 23 - 9:51 PM

Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless inning in his spring debut Friday against the Rockies.

Acquired from the Rays over the winter, Boxberger struck out one and walked one. The 29-year-old had more injury issues last year, but he has closed in the past and will be considered along with Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano this spring.
Feb 23 - 9:51 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox' delayed introduction of J.D. Martinez could indicate a complication in his medical review.

Martinez's five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox was reported in the press on Monday but has still not been officially announced by the Red Sox. Drellich says an issue may have arisen in the team's medical-review process. He believes that even if this is true it is unlikely to nullify the agreement, although it could result in changes to the years or money involved. Red Sox manager Alex Cora couldn't say if Martinez was still in Fort Myers, where the Red Sox hold their spring training camp.
Feb 23 - 7:54 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that hold-up in J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized is related to logistics in reviewing medical reports.

There was a belief that Martinez would have his deal with the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday, but Drellich says that finalization will likely come Thursday, at the earliest. Because the Red Sox's medical team is Boston-based and there are often specialists involved in these physical exams -- particularly on contracts as large as Martinez's -- there is understandably a longer wait for everything to get sorted out. Drellich also cautions there are no issues anticipated with the examination(s), so there's no reason to panic. Martinez, 30, has agreed to a five-year $110 million contract with the Red Sox that contains opt outs after the second and third years.
Feb 21 - 6:55 PM

Diamondbacks acquired OF Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Tampa Bay received second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda plus two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks. Brandon Drury is going to New York. Souza had a career year with the Rays in 2017, posting an .810 OPS with 30 home runs in 148 games, and he should maintain a good amount of fantasy value in Arizona, even with a humidor coming to Chase Field. The 28-year-old outfielder is under control through 2020. He'll make $3.55 million in 2018 -- his first year of arbitration.
Feb 20 - 7:58 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Taylor Widener from the Yankees as part of a three-team trade.

The main headlines of this deal: Steven Souza is heading to the Diamondbacks and Brandon Drury is going to the Yankees. Widener, a 12th-round pick in 2016 out of the University of South Carolina, has registered a promising 2.68 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/57 K/BB ratio over his first 157 2/3 professional innings. The 23-year-old right-hander finished the 2017 season in High-A ball.
Feb 20 - 7:38 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Brandon Drury is headed to the Yankees, who are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Tampa Bay will also get left-hander Anthony Banda from the D'Backs and two players to be named later -- both from Arizona's minor league system. The three-team swap has yet to be confirmed by any of the clubs involved, but those announcements should be coming shortly.

Diamondbacks placed RHP Shelby Miller on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for Jarrod Dyson. Miller will be out until around midseason while he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 19 - 8:14 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Jarrod Dyson to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier Monday and has now been made official. Dyson is coming off a season in which he batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 steals for the Mariners. The D'Backs might not be done adding outfield help, but for now Dyson seems most likely to form the strong side of a platoon in left field with Yasmany Tomas.
Feb 19 - 8:12 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract.

Crasnick says Dyson has already completed his physical and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the contract is worth $7.5 million. It's unclear at this point whether Dyson will play left or center field or if he'll just be an active fourth outfielder. Either way, this isn't good news for Yasmany Tomas. Dyson batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 steals for the Mariners last season.
Feb 19 - 6:02 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that a deal between the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez is "done."

It's a five-year, $110 million contract with opt outs after the second and third years of the deal. The deal is front-loaded, as Martinez will make $50 million in the first two years and $72 million in the first three, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that there was momentum for a deal between the two sides. The Red Sox and Martinez seemed destined to wind up together even as it took much longer than expected. He will serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 5:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are "moving close to a deal."

Heyman cautions that the contract isn't done yet, but it sounds like there is momentum. The particulars of the possible deal aren't known, but it's been reported previously that the Red Sox had been offering a five-year pact in the $100-125 million range. Martinez would serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 4:20 PM

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox were still in negotiations for J.D. Martinez on Monday.

There's nothing to indicate that anything is close, but the two sides have been an obvious match all offseason and remain in touch. Something will have to give eventually, though, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote earlier Monday that the Red Sox were "prepared to move on entirely or to another player." Of course, that could just be posturing. The Red Sox reportedly have a five-year offer in the $100 million range on the table while the Diamondbacks might not be willing to match such a guarantee.
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM


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