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Jim McLennan

AZ SnakePit awards season begins: Play of the Year nominations open

With the over-consumption of Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, time to start handing out the awards!

It’s time to start working towards the AZ SnakePit awards, which have been handed out each year since 2006 - here’s the full list of recipients. We’ll (more or less) be doing one per week, starting with the Play of the Year award. Here’s what the schedule will be:

Through December 1st: Play of the Year 4th-8th December: Single game Performance of the Year 11th-15th December:...

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Keegan Thompson

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #13, Daniel Descalso

Double D returns in 2018 with “grit” and “clutchiness”. Clutch-icity? We will just call him the Clutchopoly Man.

Date of birth: October 19th, 1986 2017 line: 131 games, .233/.332/.395, .727 OPS, 398 PA, 88 wRC+, 49 BB, 89 K 2017 value: .1 fWAR, -.2 bWAR 2017 salary: $1,500,000 SnakePit rating: 7.08

2017 Analysis

Daniel Descalso appeared in the most games he has seen in a season since he played in 143 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. It was only the third time in his career...

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Jim McLennan

Snake Bytes, 11/24: Pass the antacid

Is it Christmas yet?

Team news

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley likely to remain in bullpen in 2018 - “We’re going to keep our options open for how the bullpen gets built,” Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen said. “We’re looking to acquire impact bullpen guys. We’re open-minded to role. I think we’re in a little different space than we were last year, where we didn’t have this part of the equation.” Hazen said Bradley will come to spring training and stretch...

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Quick Hits: Blue Jays, Bradley, Closers

Some items to conclude Thanksgiving Day… The Blue Jays are conducting an internal investigation after six minor league prospects all tested positive for PEDs within the last week, Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi reports.  Thirteen Jays prospects have now been hit with PED test-related violations within the last two years, a stunning increase for an organization that saw just 18 players fail tests from 2005-15.  “This situation is very disappointing and disturbing to the organization;...

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Sean Testerman

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #14, Patrick Corbin

Has Patrick Corbin recovered to be a legit #3?

Date of Birth: July 19, 1989 (Age 28)

2017 Line: 33 G (32 GS), 189.2 IP, 4.03 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 178:61 K:BB

2017 Value: 2.9 bWAR, 3.0 fWAR

2017 Salary: $3,950,000, 3rd-year Arbitration Eligible in 2018

SnakePit Rating: 7.07

2017 Analysis

It was a tale of two halves for Patrick Corbin but as a whole, it was a great season all-around for Corbin, posting his highest innings total and WAR values since his breakout 2013 season (208.1 IP, 3.5 fWAR)....

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Jim McLennan

An Arizona Diamondbacks Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what we’re thankful for, D-backs style, today...

A very happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I’d invite you all over, but we’re actually delaying our Thanksgiving Dinner to Sunday, since the SnakePitette is coming in from Seattle this weekend. Instead, I have got to work today, though at the time of this post’s appearance, I’ll be having breakfast with Mrs. SnakePit and continuing our yearly tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. For...

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Jim McLennan

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: # 15, Andrew Chafin

He’s great! He sucks! He’s great again! Oh, volatility - thy name is relief pitching...

Date of birth: June 17, 1990 2017 line: 71 games, 51.1 IP, 3.51, 61:21 K:BB 2017 value: 1.0 bWAR 2017 salary: league minimum SnakePit rating: 6.95

2017 analysis

Andrew Chafin had a stellar rookie campaign in 2015, posting a 2.76 ERA over 75 innings for the D-backs. With a FIP of 3.35 that year, some regression was perhaps expected. But the following season, his ERA ballooned to 6.75 - even as his FIP...

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Jim McLennan

Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #1: Right field

How to replace the irreplaceable?

The area of biggest concern for the Diamondbacks is right field, with an average score of 7.25. Over 60% of respondents rated this area as an eight or higher, with more than a quarter (28.4%) giving it a ten out of ten score. There’s no doubt: J.D. Martinez’s power bat from the second-half, is going to be missed.

2017 starters

David Peralta 74 J.D. Martinez 60 Chris Owings 23 Jeremy Hazelbaker 2 Gregor Blanco 2 Chris Herrmann 1

Production

2.0...

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Jim McLennan

How to have an Arizona Diamondbacks Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Fandom doesn’t just run from April to October, y’know...

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day when you get together with the family, stuff your face with horrendous amounts of food, and get into fights about politics. But there is an alternative. For if you want to slink away, or are just slumped on the sofa with your phone, Fox Sports Arizona have you covered. There were many reasons for Arizona Diamondbacks fans to be thankful this year. A National League Wild Card win and one...

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Jim McLennan

Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #2: Relief pitching

No area of the team is likely to change as much, between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

With an average score of 7.21, the bullpen was just four-hundredths of a point short of being the area of biggest concern. [If you’ve been following this series, you’ll be able to figure out what #1 is, by a process of elimination!] But with 52.7% scoring this eight or above, it’s definitely seen as a pressing matter for GM Mike Hazen

2017 relievers

Andrew Chafin 71 appearances Jorge...

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Makakilo

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: # 16, Jimmy Sherfy

Will Jimmy Sherfy be the D-backs closer?

Date of birth: December 27,1991 2017 line: 11 games, 10.2 IP, 0 ERA, 9:2 K:BB 2017 value: 0.6 bWAR 2017 salary: minimum, arbitration starts 2021 SnakePit rating: 6.85 2017 analysis

Jimmy Sherfy’s 2016 season was a bump in the road. In July of 2016, he was promoted to AAA Reno. The first month was good. After that a problem emerged – he allowed 4 homers in 11.2 innings (and 15 earned runs). The good news is that he stuck with his routine....

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Michael McDermott

Diamondbacks that could be on the trade block this winter

Which players could be on the move when the offseason action heats up next month?

The Diamondbacks will be hard-pressed to repeat their success from 2017 and the moves the front office makes in December will go a long way in determining if they will. 2018 will be harder than 2017 with Colorado and San Diego taking major steps forward over the season in addition to the Dodgers being at the top of the National League. Most of the core that fueled the 2017 run will still be in place, but the...

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Jim McLennan

Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #3: Left-field

There’ll be an outfield issue to be fixed this winter. But where?

With an average score of 6.30, this was definitely an area of worry - though as we’ll see, the interconnectedness of the outfield positions is definitely a factor. That’s likely why, although 21.2% rated it the highest level of concern, a ten, slightly more than (24.4%) scored it at a three or lower.

2017 starters

David Peralta 48 Yasmany Tomas 42 Daniel Descalso 32 Gregor Blanco 18 Chris Herrmann 17 Rey Fuentes...

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Diamondbacks Press Release

Arizona Diamondbacks announce 34-game spring training schedule

Is it spring yet? How about now?

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their 34-game Spring Training schedule, which features 19 home games and three road games at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and two exhibition games at Chase Field. This season will mark the eighth year at the shared Spring Training facility with fellow 2017 Postseason participant Colorado Rockies on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land near Scottsdale.

The D-backs open their 21st Spring...

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Keegan Thompson

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #17, Taijuan Walker

The centerpiece return of the Jean Segura trade with the Seattle Mariners had an eventful season.

Date of birth: August 13th, 1992 2017 line: 28 GS, 157.1 IP, 9-9 W/L, 3.49 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 0.97 HR/9, 2.39 K/BB, 137 ERA+ 2017 value: 2.5 fWAR, 3.2 bWAR 2017 salary: $2,250,000 SnakePit rating: 6.70

2017 Analysis

First and foremost, congratulations to Taijuan Walker and his wife Heather on the birth of their first son Zayden Walker who was born earlier during the season. Tai was the “big”...

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Jim McLennan

SnakePit Round Table: Awards week

Torey Lovullo got Manager of the Year, but once again, there was no MVP joy for Paul Goldschmidt.

Paul Goldschmidt finished 3rd in the MVP voting. Was he unjustly robbed, or was it fair enough?

James: I don’t think he was necessarily robbed, but I do think the wrong person won the award. By WAR, Goldschmidt was behind both Stanton and Votto. Votto was the better hitter in 2017. I personally think Arenado also was given the short stick in this year’s voting though. It’s hard to...

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Steven M. Taylor

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review # 18: Jeff Mathis

Who needs offense when you catch would-be-base-stealers like butterflies and frame like a carpenter?

Date of Birth: March 31, 1983 2017 Line: 60 Games, 203 PA, .215/.277/.323, .600 OPS, 2 HR 11 RBI 2017 value: -0.6 bWAR 2017 salary: $2.0 Million 2017 SnakePit Rating: 6.31

2017 Analysis

If you were to look just at the offensive production, it would be easy to say that Jeff Mathis was a major detractor on the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks. Even according WAR totals he was not considered very...

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Jim McLennan

Saturday Sporcle: Top Arizona Diamondback Position Players

We’re 20 years into the franchise now. Who are our best position players ever?

Later on this winter, we’ll be kicking off a project to come up with an all-time Arizona Diamondbacks Top 50. We’ll get into the specifics later, but basically, there’ll be two stages: firstly, figuring out who makes the fifty, and then, putting those players in order. So, you should probably start thinking about who should be in and out. To that end, this week’s Sporcle is about the top 50 D-backs’...

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2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review #19: Brandon Drury

He lives on Drury Lane.

Date of birth: August 21, 1992 2017 line: 135 games, 480 PA, .267/.317/.447 = .764 OPS, 13 HR, 63 RBI 2017 value: 1.6 bWAR 2017 salary: $553,900 SnakePit rating: 6.31 2017 Analysis

Brandon Drury, who purportedly lives on Drury Lane, was very much like Lamb in some ways this year. In that he showed SO much upside in the first half of the season, but took a bit of a nap in the second half. Batting a solid .285 in the first half and then regressing down to .238 aint no...

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Jim McLennan

2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #20, Jorge De La Rosa

From a Colorado starter to an Arizona reliever - how did De La Rosa handle the transition?

Date of Birth: April 5, 1981 2017 Line: 65 games, 51.1 innings, 4.21 ERA, 45:21 K:BB 2017 Value: 0.7 bWAR 2017 Salary: $2.25M + incentives SnakePit Rating: 6.16 2017 Analysis

De La Rosa, like Gregor Blanco and Fernando Rodney, was an example of the D-backs’ new-found enthusiasm under Mike Hazen for incentive-based, one-year contracts. Jorge was a very late signing, not being inked until February 19:...

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