Player News - Diamondbacks

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Zack Greinke could be one of several Diamondbacks available in trade.

Rosenthal cautions that the Diamondbacks have not definitively said that Greinke is available, but Arizona is clearly a team in transition, and it would be a surprise if he's not up for grabs. The question is how much trade value there is; Greinke was excellent in 2018 with a 3.21 ERA and 199/43 K/BB ratio, but he's 35-years-old, is owed $34.8 million annually over the next three years, and has lost velocity. Arizona will clearly have to include money in a deal --and/or take back a contract -- but considering his success, there should be a market.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:49 AM

Diamondbacks re-signed 1B Cody Decker to a minor league contract.

Decker batted .261/.351/.503 with nine home runs between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll turn 32 in January and hasn't seen the majors since 2015.
Nov 9 - 8:41 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the White Sox have been active on the starting pitching market, with early interest in Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ.

Morosi notes that Reynaldo Lopez is the only White Sox pitcher who threw 50-plus innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in 2018. Clearly help is needed. Corbin figures to be one of the most popular (and expensive) starters on the market this winter after registering a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 246/48 K/BB ratio across 200 innings (33 starts) with the Diamondbacks this past season. He's known to be drawing interest from the Yankees and Reds, among others. Happ has already been connected to the Blue Jays and Yankees.
Nov 6 - 8:26 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Diamondbacks are willing to "listen on anyone," including Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke.

It's not a big surprise, as the Diamondbacks need to ask themselves some important questions about their future with A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin in free agency and Goldschmidt going into his walk year in 2019. As for Goldschmidt, he batted .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs this past season and is owed $14.5 million next year. It would require a major haul for the Diamondbacks to part with him, so one rival told Heyman that they consider a trade as a "remote" possibility. Moving Greinke would be more of a challenge, as he's still owed $104.5 million over the next three years. Another source speculated to Heyman that the Diamondbacks would likely have to pay down one-third of it in order to make it palatable in a trade.
Nov 6 - 10:43 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Reds' priority this offseason is to add starting pitching and they will consider top arms like Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel.

Heyman intimates that re-signing Matt Harvey is a possibility, as well, and MLB.com's Jon Morosi says J.A. Happ is another hurler the Reds like. Sonny Gray would also make some sense if they go the trade route, as new pitching coach Derek Johnson was Gray's pitching coach in college. Trying to lure pitchers to Great American Ball Park won't be easy, but it could just depend on how much money the Reds are willing to spend and they're showing early signals that they could go out of their comfort zone this winter.
Nov 5 - 5:17 PM

Diamondbacks extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to LHP Patrick Corbin.

Corbin will obviously decline it, as he's arguably the top free agent starter this winter and is set to land a lucrative multi-year pact. The left-hander posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 246/48 K/BB ratio over 200 innings with the Diamondbacks this past season.
Nov 2 - 5:47 PM

Diamondbacks extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to OF A.J. Pollock.

Pollock has had to deal with numerous injuries and will turn 31 next month, but he will still command a multi-year contract this offseason. The D-backs will pick up a draft pick, assuming the outfielder signs on elsewhere.
Nov 2 - 2:46 PM

Yasmany Tomas will not opt out of his contract with the Diamondbacks.

No surprise here, given that he's due $15.5 million in 2019 and $17 million in 2020. Tomas spent the entire 2018 season in the minor leagues, slashing .262/.280/.465 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 106 games at Triple-A Reno. The 27-year-old probably belongs in the American League, but it's hard to see any club picking up even a quarter of what he's owed.
Oct 30 - 5:55 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Darnell Coles is the leading candidate for the Diamondbacks' hitting coach job.

Coles recently resigned as Brewers' hitting coach after four seasons on the job. The Diamondbacks are on the lookout for a new hitting coach after cutting ties with Dave Magadan following the regular season.
Oct 30 - 12:19 PM

Diamondbacks activated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 60-day disabled list.

Buchholz missed the final few weeks of the season with a flexor strain. He pitched well in 2018 when healthy, but his propensity for injury probably means he'll have to settle for a minor league contract.
Oct 29 - 7:39 PM

Diamondbacks exercised 1B Paul Goldschmidt's $14.5 million option.

Obviously, it was a given that the option would be picked up. Goldschmidt is slated to hit the free agent market next winter and there's been some speculation that the D-backs could field offers for him this offseason. He batted .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs for the Snakes this season.
Oct 29 - 6:01 PM

Albert Suarez has elected free agency.

Suarez spent all of the season at the Triple-A level, posting a 4.97 ERA. The 29-year-old has a good amount of big league experience but will have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
Oct 26 - 3:08 PM

Diamondbacks claimed RHP Artie Lewicki off waivers from the Tigers.

Lewicki needed Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in late August -- the second TJS of his career -- and is likely to miss the entire 2019 season. The 26-year-old holds a 5.14 ERA in 49 major league innings.
Oct 24 - 7:42 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Shane Watson to a two-year minor league contract.

Watson spent this past season with the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, posting a 6.40 ERA and 43/25 K/BB ratio over 45 innings. The 25-year-old was a supplemental first-round pick of the Phillies back in 2012, just one pick ahead of the Astros' Lance McCullers. Watson hasn't advanced past Double-A.
Oct 23 - 1:27 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that moving Ketel Marte to center field is "an idea that has been discussed internally" by the Diamondbacks.

A.J. Pollock is expected to depart in free agency and Marte has a little bit of past experience in center field. If Marte does move to the outfield, it would allow the D-backs to install Eduardo Escobar as their regular second baseman. Escobar's versatility does offer them multiple options.
Oct 22 - 9:24 PM


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