Player News - Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million contract.

The deal buys out Pollock's first two years of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder certainly earned the raise after a breakout 2015 season that saw him bat .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He'll patrol center field for the D'Backs again in 2016.
Feb 8 - 11:26 PM

Diamondbacks designated LHP Will Locante for assignment.

The move clears a spot on a 40-man roster for Tyler Clippard. Locante struggled in his first taste of Double-A last season, posting a 5.79 ERA and 38/34 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Despite those numbers, some team may take a shot on the hard-throwing southpaw.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

The reliever will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.15 million in 2017. Clippard saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise last season, but he boasts a career 2.88 ERA and will turn just 31 later this month. He will set up for Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:27 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks' closer following the addition of Tyler Clippard.

The D'Backs finally landed the late-inning reliever they had been seeking, but Ziegler will stay at the back-end of the bullpen. The side-armer isn't your prototypical closer, but he converted 30-of-32 save chances while putting up a 1.85 ERA last season.
Feb 8 - 4:21 PM

Tyler Clippard has agreed to a two-year, $12.25 million free agent contract with the Diamondbacks, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Clippard gets a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary for 2016, and $4.15 million in 2017. The 30-year-old right-hander did not finish strong last season, but he still wound up with a cool 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. And he owns a 2.88 ERA for his career. Clippard should be an upgrade to the Diamondbacks' setup corps and there's a chance he could vulture saves at some point from closer Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is hearing that the Diamondbacks have made progress toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tyler Clippard.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged last week that Clippard would be a good fit for the club, and now it appears he is close to getting his man. The 30-year-old right-hander experienced some struggles down the stretch in 2015, but he still finished with a decent 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. Clippard boasts a 2.88 ERA in 562 career major league frames.
Feb 8 - 11:11 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard.

Clippard's market appears to finally be picking up, as the Diamondbacks and Rays have also been connected to the reliever in recent days. The right-hander's 2015 campaign wasn't his best, as he saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise. However, Clippard has been one of the best and most reliable relievers in baseball over the last seven seasons and will turn just 31 in a week.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:16 AM

The Diamondbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard.

We knew the Diamondbacks were interested but this is the first we've heard of the two sides actually talking. Arizona has been searching high and low for late-inning help and Clippard has a proven track record with 53 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.88. The Rays have also shown interest in Clippard.
Feb 6 - 4:25 PM

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that the club is considering re-aligning their outfield, with Yasmany Tomas moving to left field and David Peralta shifting to right.

Tomas graded out very poorly in right field after shifting from third base last season. With Peralta the better defender of the two, it makes sense why they would want to move him to right field instead. Regardless of where he roams the outfield though, Tomas will be in the lineup because of his bat, which should provide ample fantasy goodness.
Feb 6 - 9:26 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in adding a late-inning reliever with Tyler Clippard representing their top target.

General manager Dave Stewart admitted on Thursday that the club could have interest in the veteran right-hander. While Brad Ziegler was fantastic in the closer's role in 2015, the club is lacking depth in the late innings, and Clippard would add another strong arm with previous closing experience.
Feb 5 - 7:47 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are among the teams considering Tyler Clippard.

The low-budget Rays might not be able to offer Clippard the most money, but the reliever is a Florida native and the state has no personal income tax. The Diamondbacks are another club that has indicated they'd be interested in Clippard, who put up a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/31 K/BB ratio over 71 innings last season between the A's and Mets.
Feb 5 - 2:45 PM

Diamondbacks re-signed RHP Miller Diaz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Diaz was acquired from the Mets last August in the Addison Reed deal. The 23-year-old became a minor league free agent this winter but has decided to remain in the same organization. Diaz held a 4.75 ERA over 136 1/3 High-A innings in 2015.
Feb 5 - 8:52 AM

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart suggested Thursday that he might make a play for free agent Tyler Clippard.

"We have not talked to his people, (but) that is a good name," Stewart told the Arizona Republic when asked about Clippard. "I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will (reach out), at least just to see." Clippard, who turns 31 years old next week, posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/31 K/BB ratio in 71 innings of relief last season between the A's and Mets. He is probably still holding out for a multi-year deal.
Feb 4 - 2:28 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club is done giving out major league deals this winter.

Alderson also said that he assumes Tyler Clippard will land a major league deal, so it's safe to say he'll end up elsewhere. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was shaky down the stretch last season and during the postseason, but someone will surely take a chance on his reputation and track record. The Mets reportedly haven't ruled out adding another bullpen arm, but apparently they'll look to minor league deals.
Feb 3 - 1:36 PM

GM Dave Stewart said the Diamondbacks are open to trading for a late-inning reliever.

The addition of Jean Segura could allow the D'Backs to flip one of their infielders for a late-inning arm. The Diamondbacks also saved $6.5 million by trading Aaron Hill on Saturday. That money could be used toward adding a reliever. As well as Brad Ziegler pitched last season, he's a 36-year-old sidearmer with a below average fastball. He's not the Diamondbacks' long-term solution at closer.
Jan 30 - 8:52 PM


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