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Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Diamondbacks will acquire catcher Chris Stewart from the Braves.

The 36-year-old backstop was designated for assignment by the Braves earlier this week. The Braves are expected to fetch cash or a player to be named later in return for Stewart. This deal doesn't move the needle at all for fantasy purposes.
Aug 30 - 6:36 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rangers have traded reliever Jake Diekman to the Diamondbacks.

Diekman is another nice addition to Arizona's setup corps; the Diamondbacks also acquired Brad Ziegler from the Marlins on Tuesday. Diekman, a 31-year-old left-hander who can become a free agent in the winter, holds a 3.69 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 39 innings this season.
Jul 31 - 3:44 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are making a push to acquire Jake Diekman.

Diekman is one of the top bullpen arms on the market left, and the Diamondbacks could use some bridges to get to Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger. The Rangers have already moved Keone Kela, and are nowhere near playoff contention. Diekman has registered a 3.69 ERA with a 48/23 K/BB ratio over 39 innings with Texas in 2018.
Jul 31 - 3:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Diamondbacks are close to landing Brad Ziegler from the Marlins.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com says it's a done deal, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that Miami will get relief prospect Tommy Eveld in return. Ziegler spent parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks from 2011-2016, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for the 38-year-old reliever. He also reportedly drew trade interest from the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, and Indians.
Jul 31 - 12:40 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Diamondbacks "have shown varying levels of interest" in Brad Ziegler.

Morosi writes that Ziegler "might be the likeliest player in baseball to be traded before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET." The 38-year-old reliever got off to an awful start this season, but he's posted a 0.93 ERA since the beginning of June and shouldn't cost much in the way of prospects.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 30 - 10:24 PM

Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic report that the Diamondbacks are close to acquiring Eduardo Escobar from the Twins.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it will be pitching prospect Jhoan Duran and outfield prospects Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel going to the Twins. Escobar is a great fit in Arizona with the ability to bounce around between shortstop, second base and third base. The impending free agent is batting .274/.338/.514 with 15 home runs, 63 RBI and a league-leading 37 doubles this season. Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed, and Ketel Marte could also see fewer at-bats with Escobar around, although Escobar figures to play third in the immediate future after Lamb exited Thursday's game with a shoulder injury.
Jul 27 - 4:26 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks are "checking into" Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera is also reportedly drawing interest from the Brewers, Indians, Mariners, and Phillies. The 32-year-old has slashed .273/.324/.473 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 97 games this season as the Mets' everyday second baseman. He has also played some third base and shortstop in recent years, though he does not rate as a strong defender at any spot. Cabrera will be a free agent in the winter.
Jul 26 - 2:38 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Matt Andriese has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

Jon Heyman of Fancred sports reports that the Rays will receive two prospects in the deal: catcher Michael Perez and right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer. Robert Murray of The Athletic was the first to report a deal was in place between the two clubs. Andriese has appeared in 27 games with the Rays this year -- four of them "starts" in Tampa Bay's bullpen days -- and he's registered a 59/18 K/BB ratio with a 4.07 ERA over 59 innings. He'll likely work in the middle innings for the Diamondbacks.
Jul 25 - 5:45 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have shown interest in Rangers relievers Keone Kela and Jose Leclerc.

Both would be great additions to Arizona's bullpen, but they will be costly since they are cheap and under team control for multiple seasons. Kela, who holds a 3.18 ERA and 23 saves in 36 appearances, is making $1.2 million this season and isn't due to become a free agent until after 2021. Leclerc, who has a 2.06 ERA in 36 appearances, isn't even arbitration-eligible yet.
Jul 24 - 2:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are among the teams interested in Orioles closer Zach Britton.

The list is growing by the minute, with the Diamondbacks also reportedly involved. Rosenthal writes that the Brewers are "casting a wide net" for upgrades leading into the trade deadline, as they are also considering Rays right-hander Chris Archer. It's worth noting that the Brewers were heavily-involved in talks for Manny Machado prior to him being traded to the Dodgers, so they should already have a pretty good idea of Baltimore's preference in regard to their prospects. There's a lot of competition for Britton's services, as the Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, and Yankees have all been mentioned as possible fits.
Jul 23 - 11:21 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, multiple reports indicate that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon.
Jul 17 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This comes hours after Jon Morosi of MLB.com wrote that the Phillies were currently the "most likely destination" for Machado after the club expressed a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a potential deal. With that in mind, Heyman writes that the situation is "fluid" and that the Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks could still have an outside chance. Prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux are among the names linked in trade talks between the Dodgers and Orioles. If acquired by Los Angeles, Machado would take over at shortstop while Chris Taylor would move to second base. Machado is set to represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but it sounds like he could be in a different uniform later this week.
Jul 17 - 8:49 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have increased their trade offer for Manny Machado.

However, Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers' and Yankees' offers for Machado "remain strongest." The Brewers, who had been seen as one of the favorites to land Machado, are "fading," according to Rosenthal, with the Diamondbacks also "on periphery." Things can change quickly during trade season, of course, so it's certainly no slam dunk that the slugger likely winds up either with the Dodgers or Yankees. Things seem to be trending toward Machado being dealt well before July 31.
Jul 13 - 1:40 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, trade talks between the Diamondbacks and Orioles about Manny Machado have been "consistent."

This comes on the heels of a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that pointed to Arizona and Cleveland as the "most motivated suitors" for the 25-year-old star infielder. There are believed to be at least six other teams in the hunt, including the Dodgers, Cubs, and Phillies. Machado, an impending free agent, is batting .311/.378/.565 with 21 home runs and 59 RBI in 83 games this season for a last-place Orioles outfit. He'd be a massive offensive upgrade at shortstop for the Diamondbacks, and just about any other club.
Jul 4 - 9:43 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Diamondbacks "have been in contact" with the Orioles about a possible Manny Machado trade.

Morosi notes, however, that "this is viewed as due diligence on Arizona’s part" for the time being. You can bet that just about every contending team will reach out to the O's about Machado, who's batting .310/.377/.567 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 69 games this season for a Baltimore team that will carry a 20-50 record into play Tuesday. The 25-year-old superstar is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.
Jun 19 - 5:15 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Brandon Drury is headed to the Yankees, who are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Tampa Bay will also get left-hander Anthony Banda from the D'Backs and two players to be named later -- both from Arizona's minor league system. The three-team swap has yet to be confirmed by any of the clubs involved, but those announcements should be coming shortly.
Feb 20 - 6:35 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract.

Crasnick says Dyson has already completed his physical and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the contract is worth $7.5 million. It's unclear at this point whether Dyson will play left or center field or if he'll just be an active fourth outfielder. Either way, this isn't good news for Yasmany Tomas. Dyson batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 steals for the Mariners last season.
Feb 19 - 6:02 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Diamondbacks were "very interested" in Domingo Santana this offseason.

Cafardo says that the Brewers were likely targeting Patrick Corbin in trade talks with the D'Backs, but they were "rebuffed." It's hard to imagine Arizona rejecting a one-for-one Santana-for-Corbin trade proposal considering that Corbin is a free agent after this season and Santana isn't even arbitration-eligible yet, so there were surely other players involved here if in fact talks did center around Santana and Corbin. The Brewers are saying at the moment that they're happy to keep Santana and play Ryan Braun more at first base, but it still seems to make the most sense for them to deal Santana for pitching.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:34 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that free agent catcher Alex Avila has agreed to a two-year, $8.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic was first to pass along word of the Diamondbacks' deal with Avila on Tuesday night, and now the framework of the contract has been disclosed. It's all pending a physical, which should take place sometime this week in the Phoenix area. Avila figures to carry a good amount of fantasy value in power-friendly Arizona after batting .264/.387/.447 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 112 games last season between the Tigers and Cubs. Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann will get starts, but Avila is probably going to be the main guy behind the plate because of the offensive upside.
Jan 31 - 2:22 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are nearing an agreement with free agent catcher Alex Avila.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is done, pending a physical. Financial details have not been disclosed. Avila was known to be drawing heavy interest from the Nationals, but the Diamondbacks can offer a better opportunity for regular playing time and the 31-year-old should get a nice boost in fantasy relevance with the move to Arizona's hitter-friendly Chase Field. Avila put up an impressive .264/.387/.447 batting line with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 112 games last season between the Tigers and Cubs.
Jan 30 - 7:40 PM


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