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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.
Aug 11 - 1:54 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.
Jul 31 - 3:40 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.
Jul 31 - 3:26 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.
Jul 31 - 12:05 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.
Jul 27 - 8:18 PM

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

Jon Morosi of 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.
Jul 18 - 6:30 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.
Jul 15 - 9:36 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.
Jul 14 - 11:11 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.
May 16 - 8:53 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with Chris Iannetta.

Terms of the deal aren't known at this time, but it will presumably be a major league contract. Iannetta will turn 34 just after Opening Day and has batted a dreadful .199/.298/.332 over the last two seasons, but he should have a shot to play quite a bit in Arizona. His signing is probably bad news for Chris Herrmann, who now might fall back into a third catcher/utility role.
Jan 13 - 5:25 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Diamondbacks and Mets can't be counted out for free agent Matt Wieters.

Wieters' primary suitors appear to be the Braves and Nationals. Atlanta makes sense as Wieters played his college ball at nearby Georgia Tech while the Nationals are looking for someone to replace Wilson Ramos behind the plate. The D'backs also have a need at catcher after losing Wellington Castillo to the Orioles in free agency. The Mets don't have as clear a need, though Wieters would certainly be an upgrade on their current backstop Travis d'Arnaud.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have inquired on Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.

The D'Backs are considering adding more catching help even with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis already on the roster. It's natural that general manager Mike Hazen would check in with his former organization since they have a catching surplus, but Piecoro was told the Red Sox are unlikely to deal either Vazquez or Swihart. Neither are slated to start in Boston, but Vazquez is under team control through 2020, while Swihart is under control through 2021.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 08:39:00 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that the club has "kept up on everybody on the catching market" and they "probably still have some more work to do in that area."

Hazen indicated that a minor addition who could form a "three-way system" with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis would be the most likely route, but those plans could change if they found "a long-term replacement for the position." Matt Wieters is among the names the D'Backs are keeping tabs on, although if they make a big-name addition Hazen thinks it would probably come via the trade route. They've inquired on Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart but were told the Red Sox are unlikely to trade either player.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 08:28:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Nationals are interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

ESPN's Buster Olney wrote earlier this month of "rampant speculation" around the industry that Wieters will wind up in Washington despite the presence of offseason trade acquisition Derek Norris. Wieters, a switch-hitter, would presumably take over as the Nationals' starting catcher with the right-handed-hitting Norris shifting into more of a backup role. The other teams known to be in pursuit of Wieters are the Diamondbacks and Braves. He's probably looking for a two- or three-year deal after tallying 17 homers and 66 RBI in 124 games last season as the Orioles' primary backstop.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:16:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia.

It's unclear whether it's a guaranteed major league deal or a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Either way, Arcia gives the Diamondbacks a potential left-handed bat for their outfield. The 25-year-old hit just .214/.289/.369 in 114 plate appearances this past season between the Twins, Rays, Marlins, and Padres.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:17:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are among the teams in on free agent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia.

The D-Backs are in the market for a lefty hitter and Heyman pegs them as the "probable front-runner." Arcia once looked like a promising young slugger with the Twins, but he bounced around four different organizations this past season while hitting just .214/.289/.369 in 114 plate appearances. He has struck out in 31.5 percent of his plate appearances in the majors. Still, he's just 25 years old, so someone will take a chance on him.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 12:02:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:09:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this past summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old right-hander isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:59:00 PM

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have "reached out" to free agent Brad Ziegler.

They've also touched base with Daniel Hudson. Those two were teammates on the Diamondbacks until Ziegler joined Boston at this year's trade deadline. Ziegler is also familiar with new D'backs' GM Mike Hazen, who held the same position in Boston this past season. The 37-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from a dozen teams and would be a nice consolation prize for clubs that miss out on top-tier closers like Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:33:00 PM

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