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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 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 back to the outfield. 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

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, "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

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