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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Diamondbacks "remain engaged" with the Orioles on Manny Machado and have been the "most persistent" of the teams interested.

Rosenthal cautions that a trade isn't close and he expresses doubt that the Orioles will wind up dealing their star infielder to anyone. However, it sounds like the D'Backs might be the most likely landing spot if a trade does ultimately go down. Machado would take over as the Diamondbacks' shortstop, likely shifting Ketel Marte to second base and Chris Owings to a super utility role.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 12 - 8:45 AM

The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports that Yoshihisa Hirano is getting a two-year, $6 million deal from the Diamondbacks.

That's a nice get for Arizona at a time when Tommy Hunter is getting $18 million from the Phillies. Hirano figures to be a setup man for the Diamondbacks.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:35:00 PM

The Diamondbacks are close to signing Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

The 33-year-old Hirano was also pursued by the Dodgers, Cardinals and Tigers. He projects as a setup man in the majors, but it's possible he could wind up closing for Arizona, depending on what the team wants to do with Archie Bradley.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:10:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that it's "highly unlikely" Manny Machado is traded Friday and will "probably not" be dealt over weekend.

Kubatko notes that the interested teams are trying to determine how they would replace the players they'd have to give up for Machado. He also adds that the Diamondbacks "did double back" to speak with the Orioles after having preliminary discussions on Machado earlier this week. It's looking very likely at this point that Machado is traded, but nothing is imminent.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 11:23:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:47:00 AM

Tigers selected OF Victor Reyes from the Diamondbacks with the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Reyes batted .292/.332/.399 with four home runs and 18 stolen bases in 126 games this past season for the Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate. Detroit will have to keep the 23-year-old on the major league roster throughout the 2018 campaign, but that is not such a difficult task for a rebuilding team. Reyes can play all three spots in the outfield and he'll make for a pretty good pinch-running option.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:06:00 AM

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, "at least 10 teams" have inquired on Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Marcell Ozuna is being shopped at this week's Winter Meetings, but Yelich could be the bigger prize. While Ozuna has two years of team control remaining, Yelich is owed $43.25 million through 2021 with a $15 million club option (or a $1.25 million buyout) for 2022. Frisaro hears that the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals are among the teams who have checked in on Yelich so far.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:29:00 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Diamondbacks have claimed LHP Henry Owens off outright waivers.

Owens was once one of Boston's best prospects, but his inability to find the strike zone has seen his stock drop substantially over the past few years. That lack of command escalated in 2017 to 115 walks in 126 innings. Arizona will look to make the necessary adjustments for the 25-year-old to reestablish his once impressive prospect status, but calling it an uphill battle is an understatement.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 01:43:00 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Ryan Burr from the Diamondbacks for international signing bonus pool money.

The 23-year-old Burr, a 2015 fifth-round pick, had a 1.89 ERA and a 75/21 K/BB ratio in 57 innings of relief work for two A-ball teams this year. He could be a candidate to see time in the White Sox bullpen next year.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that David Hernandez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

Hernandez pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2011-2015, so it's a very familiar landing spot for the 32-year-old right-hander. He had registered a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. Hernandez is set to become a free agent in November. Luis Madero, a minor league right-hander, is headed to Anaheim in return.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to the Tigers about shortstop Jose Iglesias.

The Diamondbacks already acquired Adam Rosales from the Athletics for some middle infield depth on Monday, but clearly they are aiming higher with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed injured. Iglesias, a skilled defender, is batting .265/.298/.367 over 86 games this season. He's under team control for one more year.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:26:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "have fielded a lot of calls" on Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler is a fit for just about every contending team as a bullpen rental. The 32-year-old impending free agent has registered a 2.78 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings this season while racking up 28 saves. There's known to be serious interest from the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Rockies, and Rays.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 12:05:00 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks are among teams interested in Brandon Kintzler.

The Twins have quickly become sellers and Kintzler should be among the most coveted relievers leading up to Monday's trade deadline. Despite a low strikeout rate, the 32-year-old ranks second in the American League with 27 saves. Boston is looking for relief help with setup man Joe Kelly on the disabled list while the D'Backs may be looking for an alternative to closer Fernando Rodney, who has struggled to a 5.23 ERA this year. Left-hander Taylor Rogers would be next in line for saves in Minnesota if Kintzler gets traded.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 08:18:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that J.D. Martinez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com was first to report that a deal might be close. Martinez missed the opening month of the 2017 regular season due to a Lisfranc sprain, but the 29-year-old slugger has batted .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games since debuting on May 12. He fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, though it's probably going to be a rental situation as Martinez is set to become a free agent this winter. Detroit will get infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King in return.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 06:30:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Diamondbacks have expressed interest in acquiring Tigers' outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Morosi notes that the talks between the clubs are not yet at a serious stage. The 29-year-old impending free agent is one of the top bats likely to be on the move prior to the trade deadline. He's slashing .298/.379/.602 with 14 homers and 32 RBI in 191 at-bats on the season.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Craig Mish of Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM reports that the Diamondbacks are showing "significant interest" in David Phelps.

Mish adds that it's possible the D'Backs could be interested in a trade that involves both Phelps and A.J. Ramos, although the Marlins would figure to net more in a trade if they dealt the relievers separately. Phelps and Ramos both have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining and it's clear that the out-of-contention Marlins aren't interested in paying them raises this winter. Adding Phelps would help Arizona fortify a bullpen that includes the shaky Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 11:11:00 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports that the club is probably out on free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

The Diamondbacks were mentioned as a possibility for Fister after Shelby Miller required Tommy John surgery, but Zack Godley has pitched well since joining the rotation. It was reported last week that Fister was close to signing with a team, but we haven't heard a peep on the matter since. It's unclear what might have changed. Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently indicated that Fister isn't expected to sign with the Mets, Blue Jays, or Marlins, leaving the Giants or Angels among the originally-reported teams. Fister, 33, owns a mediocre 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons.
Tue, May 16, 2017 08:53:00 AM


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