Player News - Diamondbacks

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald hears that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez prefers to play in the outfield rather than serve as a designated hitter.

This news may put a crimp in the efforts of his biggest suitor, the Boston Red Sox, who have a crowded outfield and would likely want Martinez to DH. The Red Sox have been vocal about their interest in the best hitter remaining on the market this winter. Only five players (Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Donaldson) have a better OPS over the last three seasons than Martinez's .943 mark. He slashed .303/.376/.690 with 45 homers and 104 RBI in just 119 games this year. He is reportedly asking for a $200 million contract and the Red Sox might have to pay him a bit extra to entice him to play DH. The Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies are also believed to be angling for his services.
Dec 15 - 6:31 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez.
Dec 14 - 1:34 PM

A source tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that the Red Sox are trying to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

That would take a massive financial commitment, but it could also be an excellent counter-punch to the rival Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins last week. Red Sox executives met with Martinez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Wednesday and it sounds like there might be some mutual interest there. Recent reports have the Padres as the current favorite for Hosmer, but you'd have to think Boston could make the better bid of those two teams.
Dec 14 - 12:17 PM

Diamondbacks selected RHP Albert Suarez from the Giants with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Suarez has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last two seasons, though the results haven't been all that great. The 28-year-old right-hander will be competing for a long relief spot in Diamondbacks camp next spring.
Dec 14 - 10:36 AM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have shown interest in acquiring Zack Greinke.

With the Phillies taking care of their bullpen with the signings of Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek, Murray reports that the Phillies have turned their attention to improving their rotation. Even with those signings, Philadelphia still has one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, so they can certainly afford to take on contract, even a large one like Greinke's. Reports are that despite his sizable contract, the Diamondbacks are not looking to salary dump the 34-year-old right-hander. The Yankees have also shown interest in procurring his services.
Dec 13 - 8:03 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Puello struggled at the major league level with the Angels and Rays in 2017, but he put up a promising .327/.377/.526 batting line with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 87 games during his time spent at Triple-A. The 26-year-old outfielder could prove to be a nice find for Arizona.
Dec 13 - 3:58 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent reliever JJ Hoover has multiple offers on the table.

It's unclear at this point which teams are in the running. Hoover was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on December 1 after posting a 3.92 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 54/26 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings out of the Arizona bullpen in 2017. The right-hander allowed allowed 29 runs -- 28 earned -- over 18 2/3 innings with the Reds in 2016. He turns 31 years old late next summer.
Dec 13 - 1:49 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have spoken to the Diamondbacks about starter Patrick Corbin and infielder Brandon Drury.

Sherman notes that the Yankees' priority right now is to deepen their starting rotation, thus the Corbin interest, but they also view Drury as a potential hole-filler at either second or third base. Corbin, 28, registered a 4.03 ERA (119 ERA+) and 178 strikeouts in 189 2/3 innings this past season with Arizona. He can become a free agent next winter. Drury, a 25-year-old with four more years of club control, batted .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI over 135 games in 2017.
Dec 13 - 11:13 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are expected to meet with J.D. Martinez on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.

Martinez also has a scheduled sit-down with the Red Sox, per previous reports. Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks' rumored interest in trading Zack Greinke could be about freeing up money to re-sign Martinez, who tallied 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games down the stretch with Arizona in 2017. The 30-year-old slugger is said to be seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract.
Dec 13 - 9:40 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. It's a rumor that made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Dec 12 - 10:46 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are talking to the Diamondbacks about their starting pitchers and "Zack Greinke could be in play."

That news comes as a pretty big surprise, as the Diamondbacks made it back to the playoffs in 2017 due in large part to Greinke's excellent 3.20 ERA, 1.07 ERA, and 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 regular-season innings. Greinke does carry a massive contract that will pay him $138.5 million over the next four seasons and he turned 34 years old in October, but Arizona is expected to add, not subtract, this winter. Maybe the Rangers are offering MLB-ready talent in return, or maybe there's nothing to this story at all.
Dec 12 - 7:55 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.

Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston.
Dec 12 - 6:10 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night to meet with at least one team.

Martinez is arguably the best hitter available on the free agent market. Of course, his defense isn't considered a strength, but most believe he'll still land a contract well north of $100 million. The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Cardinals are among the teams to watch here.
Dec 12 - 2:57 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are telling teams they'd prefer to trade for an impact bat now rather than wait out the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

It could all be posturing, of course, but Martinez and Hosmer are both represented by Scott Boras, who is known to wait as long as possible for his clients to sign in hopes of getting the best possible deal. The Red Sox are seeking a middle-of-the-order bat this winter and the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton no doubt made that need even more urgent.
Dec 11 - 5:15 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants have discussed the possibility of signing free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

With the Giants now seemingly out of the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes after the Marlins' slugger said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco, it would be a logical next step for them to pursue Martinez. On a per-game basis, Martinez' 2017 stats rivaled or even exceeded those of Stanton. Martinez hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in only 119 games with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Stanton hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 159 games. Martinez out-performed Stanton in 2016. Martinez will likely come cheaper than Stanton as well. Stanton has $295 million left on his contract and would carry a steep price in prospect talent to boot. Martinez is reportedly asking for $200 million but as a free agent would not carry the additional cost in prospect talent. Shea hears the Giants may be interested in free agent Jay Bruce as another fallback option.
Dec 8 - 11:13 PM


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