Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap

Diamondbacks Hire Joe Carter As Assistant To GM

Jan 29, 2015 7:52 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Joe Carter as special assistant to general manager Dave Stewart.

Carter and Stewart played together for two seasons with Toronto, including 1993 when the Blue Jays won the World Series.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks Comfortable With $91.5M Payroll

Jan 27, 2015 4:39 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are comfortable beginning the 2015 season with a $91.5 million payroll.

There is a little more than three weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.

Arizona's projected payroll could increase depending on the arbitration cases of Mark Trumbo and Addison Reed.

Dave Stewart had estimated the payroll would be much higher.

It is possible Arizona could further shed some salary from their books before the start of Spring Training that would bring the Opening Day payroll below $90 million.

"Probably," Stewart said when asked if there were moves he could make. "I can't say for sure. I don't know what the other teams are going to be thinking about, but I've got to think that probably if we need to do something, that there will be some opportunities at this point. I don't know if that's going to be sooner or later, but we'll have time to adjust to that and make decisions on that."

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong

Jan 22, 2015 8:26 AM

Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the San Francisco Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

It was reported earlier this week that Vogelsong flew to Houston to meet with the Astros. He has also been linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies.

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Hellickson Avoids Arbitration With Arizona

Jan 16, 2015 3:53 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Jeremy Hellickson by agreeing to a one-year, $4.275 million contract.

The Diamondbacks acquired Hellickson in an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Sources: D-Backs Reach Record Deal With Yoan Lopez

Jan 13, 2015 10:47 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, according to sources.

The club hasn't confirmed the deal and it is pending a physical.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds were among the teams to express interest in signing the 6-foot-4, 190-pound pitcher.

The 21-year-old reportedly turned down a $9 million offer from another club because he felt Arizona was the best fit.

Lopez throws a cut fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider, but he is best known for a fastball that travels in the 93-95 mph range.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Source: Diamondbacks In Mix For Shields

Jan 12, 2015 8:19 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the mix to sign James Shields, according to a source.

Arizona's interest appears to be an indication that Shields won't get $100 million on the market as the club isn't willing to spend that much for the right-hander.

Shields reportedly had a $110 million offer on the table, but didn't want to sign with that team.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yoan Lopez Likely Headed For Record Contract

Jan 12, 2015 4:47 PM

Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez could be in line for a record-setting contract as Major League clubs court him.

The 21-year-old starter is currently weighing offers and appears in line to break the $8 million bonus record for an international amateur set by Angels infielder Roberto Baldoquin, according to a source.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees are among the teams to express strong interest in the pitcher, who was cleared by the United States government last week.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks Reach Out To Jays About Navarro

Jan 12, 2015 11:46 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten calls from the Arizona Diamondbacks regarding Dioner Navarro, according to a report.

The talks have yet to get past the initial stage.

Navarro has been mentioned in trade rumors since Toronto signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Diamondbacks Sign Nick Punto

Jan 7, 2015 4:34 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Nick Punto to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

If the Diamondbacks add Punto to their 40-man roster, they will only have to pay him the major league minimum of $507,500 -- or a prorated share if he's added after Opening Day.

Punto is guaranteed $2.75 million from the Oakland Athletics, who released him in December.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame

Jan 6, 2015 2:08 PM

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Martinez, Johnson and Smoltz were voted in their first year of eligibility. 

Four players haven't been voted in during the same year since 1955 when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance were elected.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Personal Award

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Teams May Balk At Shields Asking Price Of Five-Years, $100M
Several teams may bow out of the running for James Shields at the expected price.

D-Backs, Pennington Agree To One-Year Deal
Cliff Pennington is expected to fill a infield utility role for the D-Backs in 2015.

A's Acquire De La Rosa From Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have acquired cash from the Athletics for Eury De La Rosa.

Associated Press

Red Sox Get Miley From Diamondbacks
The Red Sox have acquired Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and a minor-leaguer yet to be identified, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Diamondbacks Listening To Offers For Miley
Wade Miley, 28, is in his first of three seasons of arbitratration eligibility.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Arizona Unlikely To Use Salary Cleared In Montero Trade
It's worth noting that the team signed Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas before the Montero trade.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Cubs Get Montero From Diamondbacks For Two Pitchers
Chicago sent right-handed pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cubs Nearing Deal For Miguel Montero
A trade could be completed by the end of Tuesday.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Arizona Making Trumbo Available Via Trade
The three-team deal involving Mark Trumbo reportedly fell through recently.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Cubs, Diamondbacks Discussing Montero Trade
The Cubs are looking for a veteran catcher after missing out on Russell Martin.


Diamondbacks Finalize Deal With Tomas
The Diamondbacks have officially announced a six-year, $68.5 million contract agreement with Yasmany Tomas.

Associated Press

Ethier, Montero Deal Between D-Backs, Dodgers Falls Through
The talks ended when Arizona ownership declined to provide final approval, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees Acquire Gregorius To Replace Jeter
The Yankees have acquired Didi Gregorius in a three-team deal with the Diamondbacks and Tigers.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Source: Giants Were Runners-Up For Tomas
The Giants were the runners-up for Yasmany Tomas, who agreed to a deal with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

D-Backs, Yasmany Tomas Agree To Six-Year Deal
Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, 24, is a corner outfielder who batted .375 in last year's WBC.

Indians Acquire Charles Brewer From D-Backs
The D-Backs had designated Charles Brewer for assignment this past Thursday.

Mariners Expected To Make Run At Justin Upton, Gattis
The Mariners are looking to add a right-handed bat and are expected to inquire with the Braves about Justin Upton or Evan Gattis, if they haven't already.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

D-Backs Acquire Hellickson From Rays
New D-Backs GM Dave Stewart sent the Rays two prospects, Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams, for Jeremy Hellickson.

Rays Working On Trading Hellickson To NL Team
The Rays are working towards trading Jeremy Hellickson to a National League club and the Diamondbacks are reportedly interested.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

J.J. Putz Joins Arizona's Front Office
Putz spent the last four seasons as a member of the team's bullpen.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors