Player News - Diamondbacks

Date: Team: Pos:

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that, in addition to Zack Greinke, the Diamondbacks are also making Robbie Ray available via trade.

Morosi writes that the D-backs -- who are also reportedly shopping Paul Goldschmidt -- "consistently are described as one of the most active sellers on the trade market in the early stages of the offseason." Unloading Greinke's salary would do more to reshape Arizona's roster, but evidently Ray -- who is arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter -- is also someone they're willing to discuss in potential trades.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 16 - 8:40 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have interest in Patrick Corbin.

The Phils are expected to be among the biggest spenders this offseason, but they've mostly been connected to marquee position players Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. However, Morosi says they're also interested in rotation help after their starters struggled down the stretch. They also wouldn't mind adding a lefty to a righty-heavy rotation. The Yankees, Nationals, White Sox and Reds have also been connected to Corbin.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 16 - 8:24 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers are in agreement on a two-year deal with Jeff Mathis.

The deal is pending a physical. Mathis was a member of the Diamondbacks in 2018, and had a .544 OPS with Arizona in 218 plate appearances. While he's not a great offensive player -- to put it nicely -- he is highly respected for his defense, and he should help the Texas pitching staff. That won't provide any fantasy value, however, and Mathis is unplayable in all but the deepest of leagues. This also could mean the end of Robinson Chirinos' time with the Rangers.
Nov 15 - 8:51 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Abraham Almonte to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Almonte will be in camp with the Diamondbacks next spring, but he'll probably open the 2019 season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, who broke the news of this signing on Twitter. The 29-year-old outfielder was released by the Royals in July and failed to latch on with a new team. He holds an ugly .209/.291/.330 batting line over his last 346 major league plate appearances.
Nov 13 - 10:25 PM

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

Arizona will now net a draft pick assuming Pollock signs with another team this offseason. The outfielder has dealt with numerous injuries over the last three seasons and hasn't been as good since his breakout 2015 campaign. That said he's still an above-average hitter who plays a solid center field, so Pollock will grab a nice contract this offseason.
Nov 12 - 5:28 PM

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

The D-backs will now pick up a draft pick if, as expected, Corbin signs on elsewhere. The left-hander is in line to get the biggest free agent pitcher contract this winter after posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 246/48 K/BB ratio across 200 innings this season.
Nov 12 - 5:13 PM

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


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