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Michael McDermott

Diamondbacks Rule 5 Draft: Diamondbacks take Yankees pitching prospect Nick Green

The Diamondbacks picked 15th in the Rule 5 Draft and they ended up taking Yankees pitching prospect Nick Green. Green was originally a 7th round pick of the Texas Rangers back in the 2014 Draft and traded to the Yankees along with Dillon Tate for Carlos Beltran in 2016. He spent most of the 2018 season with the Yankees’ Class A Advanced affiliate in Tampa with a handful of appearances with their AA affiliate at the end of the year. Green has been a starting pitcher throughout most of his...

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Snake Bytes 12/13: Anything happen?

Rumors, dealings, nothing much.

Diamondbacks News:

Bradley could have leg up on Dbacks closer job.

“I think if you were going to come up here and arm wrestle me and force me to give you a decision,” Lovullo said, “I’ll probably start with Archie Bradley as the extreme back-end of the equation.”

Joe Maddon on Goldschmidt trade.

“I don’t like the Diamondbacks right now at all, I really don’t,” Maddon said Tuesday, knowing the NL Central rival Cardinals had strengthened...

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Jim McLennan

Winter Meetings Open Thread, Day 4

At least we will have the Rule 5 draft to talk about today.

A quick primer on the Rule 5 draft is in order. This allows teams to select players from other franchises, who has played for four years (or five if signed when they were 18) are not on the 40-man roster, for $50,000. This sounds like a great deal, right? Yeah, but there’s a poison pill. The player you select MUST remain on the selecting team’s 25-man roster for the entire season, save for DL stints. If that doesn’t happen,...

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Missing out on Roark, Giants looking to add rotation support for Bumgarner

A busy day of pitching transactions included Tanner Roark being traded from the Nationals to the Reds and free agent Lance Lynn nearing an apparent agreement with the Rangers. Those moves take two potential Giants targets off the board, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that San Francisco had interest in its own Roark deal, while The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly noted that the Giants had interest in Lynn before his reported price tag (three years and $30M from Texas)...

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2018 Diamondback Season Reviews: #5 Zack Greinke

Arizona’s ace put together a valiant effort, even if it wasn’t enough to get the team to the Promised Land

2017 Rating: 8.72

2018 Rating: 8.04

2018 Performance: 33 starts, 207.2 IP, 3.21 ERA/135 ERA+, 3.70 FIP, 4.2 bWAR, 3.5 fWAR

2018 Salary: $34 Million

2019 Status: Signed through the 2021 season, owed $34.5 million next season

Zack Greinke is arguably one of the best pitchers to ever wear either the Teal and Purple or the Sedona Red. Zack Greinke is also paid like he is one of the best...

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Jim McLennan

AZ SnakePit Awards: Play of the Year

The qualifying is over. The six final nominees are...

Over the past week or so, we have offered up thirty different plays for your consideration, in six different categories. There were player-specific ones for Nick Ahmed and Jarrod Dyson, plus those open to other players, covering the infield, outfield, home-runs and double-plays. The winner of each has moved on to the final selection, which are presented below. There’ll be a poll over the next two days, with the overall winner being...

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Jim McLennan

Winter Meetings Open Thread, Day 3

This is beginning to look less like “meetings”, than a four-day executive holiday...

Another day, another lack of anything significant to discuss on the Diamondbacks front. The main fragment of interest was a rumor - later denied - that the team were interested in Red Sox outfielder, Jackie Bradley Jr. Whether true or not, it does appear to be the case that Boston appear to be in a selling mood - unusual for the reigning World Series champions. But it was reported they were open to...

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Dave Roberts has funny comment about Paul Goldschmidt leaving NL West

Paul Goldschmidt will no longer be terrorizing NL West pitching staffs as frequently as he used to, and one of the division’s managers is ecstatic about that. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joked on Tuesday about Goldschmidt being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. He says he plans to send Goldschmidt flowers and hopes he’ll stay out of the NL West. On the other side, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is not too happy to see...

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Jack Sommers

2018 Diamondbacks Player Reviews #6 : Yoshihisa Hirano

The JPBL veteran had a dominant rookie campaign with the DBacks

2017 Rating N/A

2018 Rating 7.72

2018 Performance: 75 G, 66.1 IP, 2.44 ERA, 178 ERA+, 3.69 FIP, 1.3 bWAR, 0.5 fWAR

2018 Salary: 3M

2019 Status: Signed, 3M

Yoshihisa Hirano , (Yoshi) had one of the most successful rookie campaigns by a Japanese reliever in history. But we’ll get to that in a minute

After a very great career as a closer in the JPBL, Yoshi signed a 2 year, 6M dollar contract with the Diamondbacks. ...

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Jim McLennan

Winter Meetings Open Thread, Day 2

Will today be any more interesting that a frankly tedious opening day?

If yesterday was any omen for the off-season, then this winter is going to be even tougher for free-agent players than last year. Because at the opening full day of the winter meetings (they kinda get under way on Sunday), the amount of action would have needed a high-grade seismograph in order to detect it. A handful of players were claimed off waivers, but about the only significant rumblings were rumors of a three-team...

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Report: Ketel Marte hires Wasserman Agency

Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte has hired Wasseman Media Group, according to Robert Murray of The Athletic (Twitter link). He’ll be joined there by Yankees pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo, with both moves now reflected in MLBTR’s Agency Database. Marte’s move comes less than a year after he inked a new deal with the Diamondbacks. He’s under control in Arizona through at least 2022, for a promised $24M in overall salary. The contract also includes a pair of options and some...

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James Attwood

2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Player Reviews: #7, Nick Ahmed

One of the true pleasures to watch play for the 2018 Arizona Diamondbacks.

2018 rating: 7.54 2017 rating: 5.18 2018 salary: $1,275,000 2018 performance: 564 PA, .234/.290/.411 (81 OPS+/84 wRC+), 16 HR, 54 XBH, 5 SB, 21 DRS at SS 2019 status: Arbitration-2 (estimated $3,100,000)

Since he arrived on the scene in 2014, the narrative has always been the same. If Nick Ahmed could just hit a tiny bit, he’d be a valuable, everyday starter, because the glove is just that good. It never quite...

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Diamondbacks reportedly not blowing up roster despite Paul Goldschmidt trade

The Diamondbacks made one of the biggest splashes of the MLB offseason when they traded star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals, but that move was apparently not the start of a total rebuild in Arizona. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the D-backs have received interest in all of their players since they dealt Goldschmidt, but they do not plan to hold a fire sale. That sounds like posturing more than anything. It’s hard to convince teams you plan on trying...

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Jim McLennan

Winter Meetings Open Thread, Day 1

A clearing house for all the news that’s fit to print. Or not...

The winter meetings are under way in Las Vegas, always a peak time of the off-season for rumors, deals and rumors of deals. With the Diamondbacks already having made one huge move, trading away Paul Goldschmidt, we’ll be looking to see if they follow up that seismic event with further steps down the rebuild path. Will Zack Greinke remain in Arizona? Are other teams sniffing around the likes of David Peralta and Robbie Ray?...

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Report: D-backs not looking at teardown after Paul Goldschmidt trade

 Although the Diamondbacks traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt last week, his departure isn’t necessarily a sign that a full-scale teardown is coming, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears. While Piecoro doesn’t rule out other deals involving notable D-backs veterans (e.g., Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray), he writes that they “seem comfortable standing pat” and addressing holes on their roster. If Arizona does part with Ray, it would take a lot to acquire him, as a source tells...

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Astros offered two solid pitching prospects for Paul Goldschmidt

Speaking of first base targets, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link) that the Astros included pitching prospects Cionel Perez and J.B. Bukauskas in talks with the Diamondbacks about Paul Goldschmidt, before Arizona sent Goldschmidt to the Cardinals. MLB.com ranks Perez and Bukauskas 5th and 8th, respectively, in their list of the top 30 prospects in Houston’s farm system, though it could be argued that neither were in the Astros’ true upper tier of young arms. Forrest...

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Keegan Thompson

2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #8, Daniel Descalso

Time to replace the clutch?

2018 rating: 7.28 2017 rating: 7.08 2018 salary: $2,000,000 2018 performance: 423 PA, .238/.353/.436, 13 HR, 39 XBH, 106 OPS+, 111 wRC+, 1.1 bWAR, 1.6 fWAR 2019 status: Free agent

After a successful 2017 season in a super utility bench role, the Arizona Diamondbacks exercised their $2,000,000 club option over Daniel Descalso for the 2018 campaign. It was a bit of a no brainer given his ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, and as we...

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James Attwood

Introducing Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver

Two of the players who were part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade met with the press to be introduced.

Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver were introduced to the press via conference call the evening of the trade. Here is a recap of that event followed by personal observations. First up, was Carson Kelly.

Carson Kelly

What was your reaction to the news that the trade had happened?

I’m a bundle of emotions. It was bittersweet in the end because of the emotions built up with the Cardinals. They were...

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Jim McLennan

2018 ‘Pitties: Double Play of the Year

Double your outs, double your fun...

Two for the price of one is always good, especially when it comes to the D-backs recording outs. These categories are generally more of a collective effort, because the unassisted double-play is quite a rarity. Indeed, of the 149 double-plays records on defense by Arizona this season, only three required the efforts of just one player: curiously, all of them took place in August [two lineouts to first-base, and another to short]. All the others required...

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The SnakePit Staff

SnakePit Round Table: A farewell to Goldy

No surprise about the main topic in this edition... :(

What do you think of the Goldschmidt trade? Did they get enough back?

Keegan: I’m honestly the wrong person to ask. Nothing, ever, would have been a sufficient return for Paul Goldschmidt. A less emotional response would be, “I have no idea what other teams offered, so I have nothing to base my answer on.” I’m extremely frustrated with the entire situation and it gets worse the more I think about it.

ISH95: I think they got...

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