Player News - Diamondbacks

Date: Team: Pos:

Diamondbacks selected RHP Tyler Jones from the Yankees with the No. 6 pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Jones is 27, he's yet to reach Triple-A and the Yankees were his third organization, but he had a 67/11 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings for Double-A Trenton last season. That will put him in the mix for a spot in Arizona's pen next season.
Dec 8 - 10:10 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets.
Dec 7 - 3:12 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

The Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss their starting pitcher depth at the Winter Meetings this week after recently acquiring Taijuan Walker, but Piecoro hears that the asking price is high and that other clubs feel a deal likely won't get done. "I think they’re hesitant to deal any of them because they haven’t had the time to evaluate and know exactly what they have," one source told Piecoro on the topic of the new D-Backs' front office. Miller was acquired as part of a blockbuster deal with the Braves just one year ago, but he disappointed with a rough 6.15 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Patrick Corbin has shown upside in the past, but he struggled with a 5.15 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and finished the year in the bullpen.
Dec 7 - 12:46 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hears that the Pirates are among the teams who have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Daniel Hudson.

They apparently have plenty of company, as Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Sunday that 16 teams have shown interest. Hudson posted an ugly 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks this past season, but he still misses plenty of bats and throws hard. He's a logical buy-low in a talented field of free agent relievers.
Dec 6 - 3:02 PM

Diamondbacks signed C Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and is now official. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter but is viewed as a strong defensive catcher. He could share time behind the plate with Chris Herrmann.
Dec 5 - 5:59 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 16 teams have shown interest in Daniel Hudson.

Hudson finished with a 5.22 ERA last season, but he struck out nearly a batter per inning and makes for a fine bounce-back option on the relief market. It's been reported previously that the Cubs are one of the clubs that's displayed interest in the reliever.
Dec 4 - 10:36 AM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the trade market for Yasmany Tomas "has been slow to develop."

The Diamondbacks appear intent on improving their defense, so it makes sense to shop around Tomas, who hit 31 homers in 2016 but continued to be one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the game. The problem is that Tomas still has $48.5 million remaining on his contract and there are plenty of alternatives to him on the market.
Dec 4 - 8:44 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley.
Dec 3 - 2:23 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense.
Dec 3 - 11:09 AM

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with Jeff Mathis.

It seems like the Diamondbacks are looking to cut payroll this offseason, which prompted the non-tendering of Welington Castillo and the signing of the veteran Mathis. He's likely to share time behind the dish with Chris Herrmann and perhaps Oscar Hernandez, but is a poor bet for any type of fantasy production even in the hitter-friendly home ballpark. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter in 2273 career plate appearances.
Dec 2 - 8:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with free agent backstop Jeff Mathis.

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports was first to report that the two sides had been in discussions, and now Heyman reports that they have reached a deal. The Diamondbacks now have three catchers on the roster, with Mathis joining Chris Herrmann and Oscar Hernandez.
Dec 2 - 7:36 PM

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have been in contact with free agent catcher Jeff Mathis.

The Diamondbacks surprisingly opted to non-tender Welington Castillo on Friday and are now in the market for depth behind the plate. Mathis, 33, hit just .238/.267/.33 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 126 at-bats for the Marlins in 2016. He'd simply be a depth signing for the D'Backs and shouldn't be counted on to be the full-time starter behind the plate.
Dec 2 - 7:25 PM

Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market.
Dec 2 - 7:16 PM

Diamondbacks non-tendered RHP Rubby De La Rosa.

The right-hander was shut down early in the season with elbow troubles and there have been some rumblings that a second Tommy John surgery could be in his future. The former top prospect compiled a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over his 50 2/3 innings in 2016.
Dec 2 - 7:13 PM

Taijuan Walker said Thursday that he was dealing with 10 bone spurs in his right foot this past season.

Ouch. Walker said that the bone spurs impacted his ability to push off and use lower body, which would certainly explain why he faded after getting off to a strong start. He finally had surgery in October to remove a bone fragment from his ankle. The Diamondbacks acquired him as the centerpiece of the Jean Segura trade last week and clearly believe in his potential. Interestingly, Walker noted Thursday that he would like to use his two-seamer more often, especially as he makes the move to Chase Field. Walker gave up 27 home runs in just 134 1/3 innings this past season.
Dec 1 - 4:20 PM


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