Player News - Diamondbacks

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Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the Red Sox are in active negotiations with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

Speaking at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, Werner said the team "will make moves" prior to the season. Boston is believed to have the best deal on the table for Martinez at five years, $125 million per Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Jan 19 - 6:48 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox' offer to J.D. Martinez is for five years and roughly $125 million.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier this week that the Red Sox' offer was for five years and around $100 million, a report that agent Scott Boras shot down through Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Silverman is hearing the number is actually $125 million, which is much better but still way below the $180-210 million Boras reportedly had been seeking. Given how slow the market has been to come around this winter, it seems likely that Martinez and Boras will probably ultimately have to settle for a lot less than they were looking for.
Jan 19 - 3:35 PM

Yasmany Tomas was arrested in Arizona on Thursday morning after allegedly driving 105 mph.

Tomas was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding. He was not impaired at the time of the arrest. Tomas could face jail time and a fine, given the charges, but an MLB suspension is unlikely. Jayson Werth received no discipline from MLB after a similar incident three years ago.
Source: KTAR.com
Jan 18 - 6:40 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was told by super-agent Scott Boras that the reported offer from the Red Sox to J.D. Martinez is "not accurate."

On Wednesday afternoon, reports from ESPN's Buster Olney stated that Martinez had been offered a five-year deal by Boston that was "in the range" of $100 million. Heyman doesn't say what part(s) of the offer are inaccurate, but he does mention that the offer seems off based on the $27.5 million per year that Yoenis Cespedes received last offseason. We could still be a while away from seeing Martinez signing with Boston -- or anyone.
Jan 17 - 9:31 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Boston's five-year offer to J.D. Martinez is worth "in the range of" $100 million.

That explains why the marriage hasn't happened yet, as Martinez and his agent Scott Boras are said to be looking for a seven-year contract worth between $180 million and $210 million. There's talk that the 30-year-old free agent slugger might hold out into spring training to get closer to what he wants financially. Martinez batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games last season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Pill to a minor league contract.

Pill, 27, has spent his entire professional career with the Mets. He posted a 5.32 ERA and 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings over three starts and four relief appearances in the majors last season. In his new home, he'll provide some depth between the rotation and bullpen.
Jan 16 - 8:51 AM

A source tells Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer the Reds are targeting free agent reliever David Hernandez.

Hernandez was quietly terrific for the Diamondbacks in 2017, posting a 3.11 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings in middle relief. Sources said the sides are in "serious discussions" but that a deal isn't imminent. The 32-year-old wouldn't supplant Raisel Iglesias as the team's closer, but he would certainly be a boost to the team's bullpen.
Jan 13 - 6:07 PM

Diamondbacks and LHP Robbie Ray avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract.

It's the first time that the 26-year-old southpaw was arbitration-eligible. Ray had a breakout season in 2017, posting a terrific 2.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 218/71 K/BB ratio across 162 innings for the Diamondbacks.
Jan 13 - 9:32 AM

Diamondbacks and OF David Peralta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

It's the first time that the 30-year-old was eligible for arbitration. Peralta slashed .293/.352/.444 with 14 homers and 57 RBI in 577 plate appearances for the D'Backs in 2017.
Jan 13 - 9:13 AM

Diamondbacks and INF Chris Owings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.4 million contract.

It was the second time that Owings was arbitration-eligible. It's a nice raise over the $2.3 million that he earned in 2017. Owings suffered a fractured middle finger at the end of July that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017 campaign, but he's expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training.
Jan 13 - 9:10 AM

Diamondbacks and SS Nick Ahmed avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He was hit by a pitch and broke his hand in June, then went on a rehab assignment in late August and was hit by a pitch again and broke his wrist and shut down for the season. He hit .251/.298/.419 with six homers and 21 RBI in 178 plate appearances as a backup infielder.
Jan 12 - 10:07 PM

Shelby Miller requested $4.9 million and was offered $4.7 million by the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is Miller's final season of arbitration and he will be a free agent next offseason. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery conducted last May. He is expected to miss at least half of the 2018 season.
Jan 12 - 8:10 PM

Diamondbacks and C/OF Chris Herrmann avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Herrmann was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The 30-year-old hit just .181/.273/.345 last season.
Jan 12 - 2:11 PM

Diamondbacks and RHP Brad Boxberger avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

It's a modest raise for Boxberger in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The reliever was acquired from the Rays via trade in November.
Jan 12 - 1:10 PM

Diamondbacks and LHP Andrew Chafin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.195 million contract.

The southpaw was arbitration-eligible for the first time. Chafin held a 3.51 ERA across 71 appearances in 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:05 PM


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