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Diamondbacks Leaving Door Open For Peter O'Brien To Catch

Sep 21, 2015 6:53 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks haven't ruled out using Peter O'Brien as a catcher moving forward.

Many were skeptical about O'Brien as a Major League catcher when Arizona acquired him in a trade with the New York Yankees last year.

O'Brien has been working at the catching position since joining the Diamondbacks as a September call-up -- helping in the bullpen before games, warming up pitchers between innings and even going through throwing drills last week.

"It's good to see him back there," bench coach Glenn Sherlock said. "It's just something that we're keeping our options open and letting him get back there and get comfortable."

The Diamondbacks shifted O'Brien to the outfield late in the spring and he remained there early in the Triple-A season. He made a few starts behind the plate in May, but eventually asked Reno Aces manager Phil Nevin to be used as a full-time outfielder.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Rain Pours Through Roof At Chase Field

Sep 15, 2015 7:21 AM

A strong thunderstorm moved through downtown Phoenix on Monday night, sending rain pouring through Chase Field's closed roof during the first inning of a game between between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres.

Fans in two sections behind home plate quickly scrambled to get out of the way as rain soaked them and an area of about 100 seats. The lights also flickered twice from lightning.

Chase Field has leaked before, although usually not as much as Monday night. It did not affect the game.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Zack Greinke Goes Eight Scoreless, Reduces ERA To 1.61

Sep 14, 2015 1:50 AM

Zack Greinke wasn't happy with his previous start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Angels, but still got the win.

Greinke used that last outing as motivation in his eight-inning domination of the D-Backs on Sunday, a 4-3 Dodgers win.

Greinke pitched eight scoreless innings to lower his major league-leading ERA to 1.61.

''Just trying to get back to pitching like normal,'' Greinke said.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Game Recap

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Kris Bryant Hits 467-Foot Blast Off Video Board

Sep 7, 2015 2:22 AM

Kris Bryant hit a huge home run and tied a club rookie record for RBIs, and the Cubs beat the D-Backs 6-4 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday.

Bryant's drive leading off the fifth was calculated at 467 feet, the longest by a Cub since Anthony Rizzo hit a 475-foot blast in 2013, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Mets Trade Two Prospects To D-Backs For Addison Reed

Aug 30, 2015 1:41 PM

The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-Backs to bolster their bullpen.

New York traded minor league right-handers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch to Arizona in the deal, which was officially announced Sunday afternoon.

Reed, 26, is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances for Arizona this season. He is earning $4.875 million and remains under team control through 2017, but is a non-tender candidate because of the salary.

Tags: New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Source: Mets To Acquire Addison Reed From D-Backs

Aug 29, 2015 8:27 PM

The Mets are on the verge of acquiring right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-Backs to bolster the bullpen, a source told

Reed, 26, is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances for Arizona this season.

Tags: New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A.J. Pollock Open To Extension With Diamondbacks

Aug 15, 2015 1:14 PM

A.J. Pollock is interested in a long-term extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


"I like my teammates. I like the coaches. The front office has been awesome," Pollock told the Arizona Republic. "If they talk to me, I'll obviously talk to them back."

On Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that Arizona could consider signing Pollock to a long-term deal.

"He's a big, big piece of what we're trying to do," general manager Dave Stewart told Heyman.

Pollock, 27, will have over three years of service time by the end of the season, making him eligible for arbitration for the first time and putting him on pace to become a free agent after the 2018 season.


Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Arizona Wants To Make Goldschmidt 'A Lifetime Diamondback'

Aug 14, 2015 4:58 PM

Paul Goldschmidt is under contract for several more seasons, but the Arizona Diamondbacks will consider an even longer deal for the first baseman.

"We want to make him a lifetime Diamondback," general manager Dave Stewart told Jon Heyman.

Goldschmidt, 27, is hitting .341/.457/.584 with 22 home runs and 83 RBI in 112 games this season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Get Cliff Pennington From Diamondbacks

Aug 9, 2015 7:06 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Cliff Pennington and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Minor League shortstop Dawel Lugo.

Pennington hit just .237/.318/.281 in 157 plate appearances with Arizona this season, but is considered a plus defensive shortstop.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Astros Acquire Oliver Perez From Diamondbacks

Aug 8, 2015 1:59 PM

The Houston Astros have acquired Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a Minor League pitcher.

Perez, a left-handed reliever, joins an Astros team that has a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League West.

"They're in a good spot right now," Perez said. "I would love to help wherever they need."

The 33-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 48 appearances this season. He leaves Arizona with a 19-game scoreless streak, tied for the third-longest in Diamondbacks history.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres Asked For Paul Goldschmidt From D-Backs For Craig Kimbrel
A Padres source was adamant that the mention of Paul Goldschmidt was not serious.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Report: Arizona No Longer Discussing Aroldis Chapman
The Diamondbacks' trade talks regarding Aroldis Chapman are now dead.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Source: Diamondbacks Waiting For Answer From Reds On Chapman
The Diamondbacks made a proposal to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman and are awaiting an answer, according to a source.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Diamondbacks Discussing Aroldis Chapman With Reds
Cincinnati has reportedly placed a huge asking price on the closer.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Phillies About Cole Hamels
Arizona is interested in adding Cole Hamels for the future. They entered play on Monday five games under .500.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame
Craig Biggio is the first Astro to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

D-Backs Beat Deadline To Agree With Top Pick
Shortstop Dansby Swanson agreed Friday to a $6.5M signing bonus with the Diamondbacks.

Phillies Acquire International Signing Slot From Diamondbacks
The Phillies have acquired the No. 1 international signing slot from the 2015-16 signing period from the Diamondbacks for right-hander Chris Oliver, left-hander Josh Taylor, and the No. 9 slot.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Work With Mental Coach Has Helped Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt believes that a majority of his success at the Major League level can be attributed to his mental approach.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders
The Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Diamondbacks, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

D-Backs Trade Arroyo, Toussaint To Braves For Gosselin
Bronson Arroyo has not pitched since having Tommy John surgery last July 18.

Diamondbacks Extended Safety Netting Last Season
At the start of the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks extended their netting, which is 30 feet high, from 73 to 150 feet in length.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Goldschmidt's Preparation, Discipline Have Him Among Best Ever
Paul Goldschmidt has hit .299/.392/.539 during his first four seasons, a slash line that puts him in elite company.

Anna McDonald/ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

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