Tyler Clippard is a Risk Worth Taking Right Now for the Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been wanting to add a reliever to the backend of the pen since the offseason began, and that goal was finally accomplished yesterday. After rumors picked up, and talks progressed over several days, the D-backs and free-agent reliever Tyler Clippard agreed on a two-year deal worth $12.25 million. Clippard was one of a handful of really talented players...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New rotation enough for Arizona Diamondbacks to be true contenders?

One of the biggest problems the Arizona Diamondbacks had last year was with their pitching. They had one of the best offenses in the National League, but their starting pitching could not keep up with the production of their offense. Going into this offseason the management decided that they had to address the team’s rotation. Everything was quiet for a while, but then on Friday...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Spent Big, but They Did It the Right Way

Investing big money long-term in the offseason to players outside your organization isn’t usually the way to win, especially if that’s how you are building your team. However, it is possible to spend big in the offseason and have it translate to on-field success. See the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have a young nucleus in players such as Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Clippard says D-backs' potential drew him to Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) Reliever Tyler Clippard says that Arizona's potential to contend for a title was a big reason he signed with the Diamondbacks. ''They've proven this offseason that they're taking the steps in the direction of becoming a championship organization,'' Clippard said in a conference call on Tuesday, ''which was something that was very high on my radar as far as the teams...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Continue to Make Waves, Signing Tyler Clippard to 2-Year Deal

After making a splash earlier in the offseason when he signed free agent starter Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart made another splash Monday, this time solidifying the back end of his bullpen. Early on Monday, sources close to the club announced that they had the parameters for a deal with 31-year-old former Nationals set-up man Tyler Clippard. By the...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clippard, Diamondbacks agree to $12.25M, 2-year contract

PHOENIX (AP) Reliever Tyler Clippard agreed Monday to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal with the right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, adds a late-game option for the Diamondbacks, who expect to be a contender after boosting their rotation by signing Zack Greinke and acquiring Shelby Miller in a trade with Atlanta. Clippard was 5-4 wth...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Projected Batting Lineup

The Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the best hitting teams in the National League last season and they will aim to continue that excellence this season. The team’s .265 batting average and .324 OBP were both the 3rd best in the NL and they also had a .414 slugging percentage which was good enough for the 2nd best mark in the NL. While the D-Backs will have a new face at shortstop...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

Welcome to the 2016 Razzball Team Previews! You’ll find everything you need to know about each team to get yourself ready for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. And I mean everything, folks. We’ve got line-ups, charts, Slurpees, lube, a guide for beginner electricians, and even a cactus! Well, that's a lie. That's what Jay had last year sitting in front of him. This year...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dbacks may be done making big moves, says GM Dave Stewart

The Arizona Diamondbacks have had one of the most eventful offseasons of any club so far, but they might be finished retooling for 2016. After grabbing headlines by dramatically winning the Zack Greinke sweepstakes in December and picking up shortstop Jean Segura from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade involving Aaron Hill this week, GM Dave Stewart told MLB.com's Steve Gilbert that...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

You Should Believe In David Peralta

So I’m sitting here, passing a Wednesday afternoon by scrolling through players Steamer thinks are going to be worse. Most of the time, I get it. Yoenis Cespedes, sure — last year, he had almost everything go right. With Francisco Lindor, I understand bat-related skepticism. I see why a projection system thinks Joe Panik will take a step back, and the same goes for Justin Turner...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

After years marked by tragedy, frustration, can Segura blossom in desert?

Look at the numbers -- 2½ seasons of poor offensive numbers -- and it’s difficult to see why the Diamondbacks wanted Jean Segura. Since July 19, 2013, Segura’s OPS is .610, the lowest in the majors over that span for players with at least 1,100 plate appearances, according to STATS LLC. And yet, his numbers do not necessarily tell the entire story. Many fans know that on July...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

An Inconclusive Exploration of Paul Goldschmidt’s Passivity

I don’t believe I’m out of line when I say that, of life’s most enjoyable pleasures, many are to be used, collected, consumed, or practiced in moderation. “You can have too much of a good thing,” they say. Food and alcohol, for example. Both delightful. Both substances which, were I unaware of the consequences of surplus consumption, I would regularly consume in excess...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview

Arizona has been busy this offseason, bringing in Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to make a formidable top three in its rotation along with Patrick Corbin. They did lose one intriguing offensive fantasy asset in Ender Inciarte, whom they traded for Miller, but the D’Backs just brought in Jean Segura to try and recoup some of that lost offense. That won’t happen, but the desert...
Via The Fantasy Fix
12 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs sending $6.5 million to Brewers as part of Segura trade

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are giving the Brewers $6.5 million as part of the trade that sent infielder Aaron Hill and right-handed starter Chase Anderson and infielder Aaron Hill to Milwaukee for shortstop Jean Segura and righty Tyler Wagner. Milwaukee also obtained minor league shortstop Isan Diaz in the deal announced Saturday. Hill is owed $12 million in the final season...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Howie Kendrick, Jean Segura, and Arizona’s Latest Mistake

Over the weekend, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks made a pair of related transactions. On Friday night, after failing to find a suitor due to the specter of a potential lost draft choice, Howie Kendrick re-signed with the Dodgers for a relative pittance; $20 million over the next two years. Given that Kendrick turned down the qualifying offer, which would have guaranteed him $15.8 million...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks: Offseason in Review

A lot has changed since the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first, and only, World Series in 2001. While the organization is still relatively young, established in 1998, the team has struggled to remain consistent and has been unable to put together a winning record since 2011. That was also the last year that the team made the playoffs, but fear not Diamondbacks fans, 2016 will be...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela takes shot at Zack Greinke for leaving Dodgers

He may be 55 years old now, but Fernando Valenzuela is still proving himself to be a national treasure. The legendary Dodgers pitcher made an appearance at the Dodgers FanFest event on Saturday, taking the stage and throwing some shade at right-hander Zack Greinke for leaving the team over the winter, per Dodgers Nation. Fernando Valenzuela getting ready to hit the stage! #DodgersFF...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Owings: 'I'm a lot better baseball player than I played last season'

After a disappointing first full major-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks middle infielder Chris Owings is eagerly anticipating a fresh start in 2016 to prove himself.Playing in 147 games for the D-backs last season, the 24-year-old hit .227/.264/.322 with four home runs, 43 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.While his defensive play was sturdy, Owings knows he can perform much better at...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks reportedly trying to trade Aaron Hill

The Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be fed up with the Hill Street Blues. According to a report by Jon Heyman of MLB Network on Sunday, the team is trying to trade second baseman Aaron Hill but may encounter difficulty getting a deal done considering that a wealth of better middle infield options are currently on the market. D-backs trying to trade aaron hill, but in market stocked...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke signs with Diamondbacks in stunner

All reports indicated Zack Greinke was going to make a decision regarding his free agency by the end of the week. He made good on that. But one thing Greinke did that caught us all off guard was choose the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that really hadn’t been considered a contender for his services. Yet the D-Backs pulled off a stunner with one of their biggest signings in franchise...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto both better off with no deal

News surfaced on Sunday that the Arizona Diamondbacks offered free agent starter Johnny Cueto a six year contract worth $120 million and that he subsequently declined that offer. My initial reaction was, “Wow that’s nuts.” I meant that for both sides. It seemed like a poor use of funds to allocate so much money to one starter that isn’t an ace and maybe not even a strong...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks have many suitors, but little interest in moving Pollock

If you claim that you knew who A.J. Pollock was at this time last year and you live outside of the Mojave Desert, you are probably lying. But if you don’t know him now, you must not follow baseball too closely. The MVP candidate and 2015 All-Star and Gold Glover broke onto the scene with a .315/.367/.498 line this year, astounding fans with 39 steals, 20 home runs, and great play...
Via The Outside Corner
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Arizona Diamondbacks Have a Successful Season?

Over the past few years the Diamondbacks, somewhat like the Padres in the winter leading up to the 2015 season, have made trade after trade. Not in a “Billy Beane is a genius” or “Dave Dombrowski sure can sell prospects at the right time” way. It was trading for a type of character player possibly involving grit and hustle. And their best performance over the past few years...
Via The Sports Post
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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