Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

Player News - Diamondbacks

Date: Team: Pos:

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Indians are "showing a lot of interest" in Nolan Reimold.

Kubatko notes that Reimold nearly had a deal to return to the Orioles on the last day of the Winter Meetings, but it fell apart and now the Indians are looking like a more probable landing spot. Reimold has had numerous health issues over the years, as his 46 games played last season between the majors and minors was his highest total in three years.
Jan 23 - 5:01 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Henry Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Rodriguez was released by two different teams (Marlins, White Sox) in 2014. His fastball can hit 100 mph, but the 27-year-old right-hander has always struggled with command. He owns a 6.4 BB/9 in 150 1/3 career innings at the major league level.
Jan 22 - 1:23 PM

Trent Oeltjen has retired from baseball.

Oeltjen, 32 at the end of February, spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues, one with the Diamondbacks and two with the Dodgers. He compiled a .220/.299/.384 line over 194 plate appearances. Oeltjen originally signed with the Twins in 2001. He won a silver medal with the Australian Olympic baseball team in 2004 in the Athens Olympics.
Jan 21 - 10:57 AM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Yoan Lopez to a minor league contract.

The deal is for $8.25 million per Baseball America's Ben Badler, the largest ever for an international amateur. Lopez, 21, has a mid-90s fastball and owned a 3.12 ERA and 28/11 K/BB ratio over 49 innings in his final year in Cuba's Serie Nacional.
Jan 17 - 4:16 PM

Mark Trumbo requested $6.9 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchange.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Trumbo to earn $5.7 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The two sides will work on closing the gap in order to avoid a hearing in February.
Jan 16 - 6:05 PM

Addison Reed requested $5.6 million and was offered $4.7 million by the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Both numbers are well above MLBTradeRumors.com's projection of $3.8 million. It's probably not a gap sizable enough to preclude an agreement in order to avoid a hearing.
Jan 16 - 6:01 PM

Diamondbacks and RHP Jeremy Hellickson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.275 million contract.

One of the reasons the Rays traded Hellickson is because his price tag was set to rise in arbitration, and he winds up getting significantly more than the $3.9 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn. Hellickson will be a significant part of a re-tooled Arizona rotation in 2015.
Jan 16 - 9:35 AM

MLB has suspended Kameron Loe for 50 games for his second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Loe is currently a free agent and will have to serve the suspension wherever he signs. The 33-year-old pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level last year while making stops with the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Royals.
Jan 15 - 5:33 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Tuesday that he will not make an addition at catcher.

The D-Backs have been mentioned as possibilities for Dioner Navarro of the Blue Jays and Welington Castillo of the Cubs, but barring a change of heart, they are likely to go into the season with a weak combo of Tuffy Gosewisch and Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez. Stewart says his stance is based on the development of prospect Peter O'Brien, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Martin Prado deal last year. "I've decided that I'm not going to pursue another catcher," said Stewart. "I talked with my people and my coaching staff. They believe that O'Brien is going to be around sooner than later. If that does happen, there's no need to go out and get another guy." Stewart is expressing a lot of faith in O'Brien, who needs to make improvements behind the plate.
Jan 13 - 3:06 PM

According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Diamondbacks have signed Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez for $8.25 million.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com says it's for $8.27 million. Either way, it's a new record for an international amateur, exceeding the $8 million figure that infielder Roberto Baldoquin got from the Angels earlier this month. Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, the 21-year-old Lopez touches the mid-90s with his fastball and posted a 3.12 ERA with a 28/11 K/BB ratio in 49 innings during his final season in Cuba's Serie Nacional. The signing puts Arizona well over their allotted pool limit for the current 2014-15 signing period, so they will have to pay a 100 percent tax on the overage and won't be able to sign anyone for over $300,000 during the next two signing periods.
Jan 13 - 8:36 AM

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez is already mulling multiple offers.

Sanchez says Lopez could command a record bonus for an international amateur, exceeding the $8 million figure that infielder Roberto Baldoquin got from the Angels earlier this month. Lopez was cleared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last week and is now free to sign at any time. The 21-year-old starter throws a high-90s fastball and had a promising set of numbers in his final season in Cuba's Serie Nacional.
Jan 12 - 10:20 AM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez has been cleared by the OFAC and is free to sign with a major league team.

Sanchez says Lopez is expected to sign with someone before the beginning of spring training. The 21-year-old starter has a fastball that sits in the 93-95 mph range but has topped out at 100 mph. Lopez posted a 3.12 ERA and 28/11 K/BB ratio over 49 innings in his last season in Serie Nacional. Sanchez hears that the D'Backs, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees are among the teams interested in Lopez, who is subject to the international signing guidelines.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 9 - 10:54 AM

Diamondbacks signed INF Nick Punto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The 37-year-old Punto hit just .207/.296/.293 over 73 games with Oakland last season, but he offers some versatility and could win a bench job in the spring.
Jan 7 - 1:10 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks have signed infielder Nick Punto.

No word yet on the terms involved. Punto, 37, was released by the Athletics last month after batting just .207/.296/.293 over 73 games in 2014. He figures to function as a utility infielder with Arizona.
Jan 7 - 12:46 PM

Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with INF Cliff Pennington by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract.

The veteran infielder slashed .254/.340/.350 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 68 contests with the Diamondbacks in 2014. He'll reprise his utility role in 2014, serving as a fill-in option at shortstop, second base and third base.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:04:00 PM


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