Player News - Diamondbacks

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants "have had discussions" on J.D. Martinez.

The Giants are very likely to get at least one big bat this winter, and they've been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton via the trade route and now Martinez via the free agent route. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. The Red Sox have also been linked with Martinez and the Diamondbacks are expected to make an effort to re-sign him.
Nov 17 - 2:12 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen indicated that Archie Bradley will likely remain a reliever in 2018.

"We're going to bring him into camp, stretch him out, but it's likely he's going to be in the 'pen," Hazen told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "We haven't specifically discussed his role. I think he'll continue in the back-end of the bullpen. We haven't ruled out closing, but we'll see what happens as we put the team together." The former starting pitching prospect excelled as a full-time reliever in 2017, delivering a 1.73 ERA in 73 regular-season innings.
Nov 15 - 11:36 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the asking price for J.D. Martinez at this week's GM Meetings has been seven years and $210 million.

This comes after Jerry Crasnick of reported last week that Martinez's new agent, Scott Boras, was looking for a deal in the range of $200 million. Boras has even dubbed his client as the "King Kong of Slug." It's an appropriate nickname after Martinez mashed 45 homers in just 119 games this past season, but his defensive limitations will likely impact his ability to reach the lofty asking price. Still, he's expected to receive one of the biggest free agent contracts this offseason. The Diamondbacks and Red Sox are among the teams to watch in this situation.
Nov 14 - 8:29 PM

The BBWAA announced Tuesday that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year.

It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finished second in the balloting while Rockies manager Bud Black finished third. It's a deserving award for Lovullo, who led the Diamondbacks to the NLDS during his first year as manager. The club saw a 24-win improvement (69 wins to 93 wins) from 2016.
Nov 14 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that teams that have reached out to J.D. Martinez get the impression agent Scott Boras is looking for a deal in the $200 million range.

Martinez just hired Boras last week, and he's already making waves. The lofty asking price is really no surprise, considering Martinez slugged .690 and hit 45 homers in 119 games this past season between Detroit and Arizona. Whether or not Martinez gets anywhere near $200 million will depend on how much a team is willing to overlook his flawed defense. Because of his prodigious right-handed power, the 30-year-old corner outfielder is guaranteed to be one of the highest paid players this winter.
Nov 8 - 5:34 PM

Diamondbacks re-signed INF/OF Kristopher Negron to a minor league contract.

Negron was outrighted off Arizona's 40-man roster at the end of October after going 4-for-25 (.160) in 14 games with the Diamondbacks in 2017. The 31-year-old utilityman will continue to act as organizational depth at multiple positions.
Nov 8 - 12:02 PM

Diamondbacks re-signed RHP Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league contract.

De La Rusa underwent a second career Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in late August and will miss the entire 2018 season, though he should be recovered by the beginning of 2019. The 28-year-old right-hander holds a 4.49 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 421 1/3 major league innings.
Nov 7 - 10:01 PM

Torey Lovullo, Bud Black and Dave Roberts are the three finalists for the BBWAA's 2017 National League Manager of the Year award.

It's a battle between three NL West skippers. This award often goes to managers of teams that weren't supposed to be good but wound up being good, so from that standpoint Roberts might be at a disadvantage in trying to win his second straight award. Lovullo guided the Diamondbacks to 93 wins in his first year as manager after the club won 69 the year before.
Nov 6 - 6:58 PM

Diamondbacks activated OF Yasmany Tomas from the 60-day disabled list.

Tomas underwent season-ending core muscle surgery in late August, but he's expected to be ready to rock by the time spring training rolls around. The 26-year-old slashed .241/.294/.464 with eight homers and 32 RBI in 47 games before sustaining the injury.
Nov 4 - 9:34 AM

Diamondbacks activated INF Chris Owings from the 60-day disabled list.

Owings suffered a fractured right middle finger in July and was unable to make it back before the end of the season. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready by the start of spring training.
Nov 4 - 9:31 AM

Diamondbacks activated RHP Shelby Miller from the 60-day disabled list.

Miller underwent Tommy John surgery in May and is expected to remain sidelined until midway through the 2018 season. He's entering his final season of arbitration this winter after taking home $4.7 million in 2017.
Nov 4 - 9:29 AM

Diamondbacks activated RHP Randall Delgado from the 60-day disabled list.

Delgado was shut down in mid-July with an elbow injury. He's trying to recover through the rest and rehab route, but there's a chance that he eventually may need Tommy John surgery.
Nov 4 - 9:25 AM

Diamondbacks activated INF Nick Ahmed from the 60-day disabled list.

Ahmed had his season come to an end in September when he was hit by a pitch and fractured his right wrist. He's arbitration-eligible this winter.
Nov 4 - 9:23 AM

Diamondbacks exercised infielder-outfielder Daniel Descalso's $2 million option for 2018.

The money hardly matters, but the problem here is that manager Torey Lovullo likes Descalso way too much and gave him 398 plate appearances last season. The result was an 82 OPS+ that was practically identical to his career mark of 81, and mediocre defense at four positions. It'd be for the best if Descalso is treated much more like a 25th man next season.
Nov 2 - 9:42 PM

J.D. Martinez has hired Scott Boras as his new agent.

Martinez, one of the biggest names on the upcoming free agent market, was previously represented by RMG Baseball. The 30-year-old corner outfielder batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games this season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He'll draw interest this winter from a range of teams and could land a contract worth north of $100 million.
Nov 1 - 1:30 PM

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