Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks and RHP David Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Hernandez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and missed the entire 2014 season, but he should be ready about a month into the 2015 campaign. The 29-year-old reliever was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time. He can become a free agent next offseason.
Dec 17 - 6:46 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract.

Francisco spent the entire 2014 season in the independent Atlantic League, batting .242/.303/.390 with six home runs in 57 games for the Lancaster Barnstormers. He's doubtful to get a real shot with Arizona.
Dec 15 - 1:46 PM

Diamondbacks signed INF Danny Worth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Worth is a .230/.293/.295 hitter in 292 career plate appearances at the major league level, but the 29-year-old can play all over the infield defensively and could get a look as a utilityman at some point next season in Arizona. Worth had an offer from one team this winter to try becoming a pitcher.
Dec 15 - 1:26 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Friday that Josh Collmenter would start on Opening Day.

Stewart announced that Rubby De La Rosa, Jeremy Hellickson and Allen Webster would follow Collmenter in the rotation, with an open competition being held in spring training for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. There's still plenty of time for things to change before the start of the regular season, but as it stands the rotation looks very weak heading into the 2015 season.
Dec 12 - 11:15 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Myles Smith from the Red Sox for RHP Zeke Spruill.

The D'Backs had to designate Spruill for assignment earlier in the week when announcing the Yasmany Tomas signing, so they appear to have flipped him for whatever they could before losing him. The 22-year-old hurler struggled mightily at Class-A Greenville in 2014, registering a 5.82 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 73/62 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings.
Dec 12 - 8:14 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Allen Webster and INF Raymel Flores from the Red Sox for LHP Wade Miley.

The hard-throwing 25-year-old is the headliner of the deal for the Diamondbacks. While he had mixed results in 18 starts for the Red Sox in 2014, De La Rosa has top of the rotation potential and should be able to secure a spot in the Diamondbacks Opening Day rotation. With his ability to miss bats and a move to the pitcher-friendly league, he represents a very intriguing option in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Dec 12 - 7:57 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and INF Raymel Flores from the Red Sox for LHP Wade Miley.

The 24-year-old hurler came to the Red Sox in the 2012 mega-trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers. He struggled in 11 starts with the Red Sox in 2014, compiling a 5.03 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 36/28 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. He'll be one of many strong young options competing for the final spots in the Diamondbacks rotation in the spring.
Dec 12 - 7:54 PM

Red Sox acquired INF Raymel Flores, RHP Allen Webster and RHP Rubby De La Rosa from the Red Sox for LHP Wade Miley.

The 20-year-old infielder hit .282/.344/.354 with a homer, 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 61 games at Low-A Lowell in 2014. He's a long way away from being major league ready.
Dec 12 - 7:48 PM

Diamondbacks selected C Oscar Hernandez from the Rays with the first pick of the Rule 5 Draft.

Hernandez, 21, batted .249/.301/.401 with nine home runs and 63 RBI in 94 games this past season at Low-A Bowling Green. The Diamondbacks have a big hole at catcher after trading Miguel Montero to the Cubs, but Hernandez isn't close to being ready for major league action. He might ultimately have to be returned to Tampa Bay.
Dec 11 - 12:30 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks are being approached by lots of teams with trade proposals for Mark Trumbo and Wade Miley.

Miley is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and has reportedly drawn interest from the Red Sox and Marlins. New Diamondbacks general manager has said that he has no interest in moving Trumbo, but that could change depending on the demand. While Trumbo has serious flaws in his game, power is more valuable than ever right now.
Dec 10 - 1:52 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Tuesday that the club views prospect Peter O'Brien as their catcher of the future.

Stewart also revealed that he expects O'Brien to reach the majors at some point next season. It's interesting to hear, as the general feeling among scouts is that O'Brien's poor defense wouldn't allow him to stick behind the plate. Apparently the D'Backs are willing to live with some defensive struggles in order to get O'Brien's power into the lineup. The 24-year-old slugged 34 homers between High- and Double-A in 2014, though he hit just .271 with a .316 OBP and 111/21 K/BB ratio.
Dec 9 - 7:47 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHPs Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley from the Cubs for C Miguel Montero.

Mejia, 20, pitched in rookie ball this past season while posting a 2.48 ERA and 45/17 K/BB ratio in 40 innings across two starts and 10 relief appearances. He has a good arm and the potential to be an effective starter, but he's still a long way from making an impact in the majors.
Dec 9 - 5:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHPs Zack Godley and Jeferson Mejia from the Cubs for C Miguel Montero.

Godley, who turns 25 in April, posted a 3.09 ERA in 40 relief appearances this past season between Class A and High-A while averaging an impressive 12.5 K/9. He's a potential late-inning bullpen arm for Arizona.
Dec 9 - 4:59 PM

Cubs prospect Jeferson Mejia is headed to the Diamondbacks as part of the Miguel Montero trade.

Mejia posted a 2.48 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 45/17 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this past season for the Cubs' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. The 20-year-old right-hander obviously has a long way to go before he can be considered a big-time pitching prospect, but it's a nice piece for the rebuilding Diamondbacks. Mejia stands 6-foot-7 and throws a very good fastball.
Dec 9 - 3:54 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks would have to be "overwhelmed" by an offer in order to trade Mark Trumbo.

Rosenthal lists the Mariners among the teams monitoring the situation, but it sounds like Trumbo is likely to stay put. The slugging first baseman/outfielder batted .235/.293/.415 with 14 homers and 61 RBI in 88 games this past season for the D'Backs while missing significant time with a stress fracture in his foot.
Dec 8 - 9:58 PM

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