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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Josh Collmenter To Start Opening Day For D-Backs

Mar 8, 2015 6:31 PM

In one of the least surprising announcements out of Diamondbacks camp, new manager Chip Hale has confirmed that Josh Collmenter will be the team's Opening Day starter.

Hale said he decided to end speculation Sunday after the right-hander cruised through two scoreless innings, throwing just 18 pitches, in his spring debut on Saturday.

"We believe in all our guys but he's got the most experience at this point here in Arizona," Hale said. "He's a good leader. He deserves it. He's earned it."

ESPN.com

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Yasmany Tomas Getting Comfortable At Third Base

Mar 6, 2015 5:10 PM

Yasmany Tomas played third base for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Cactus League game on Thursday for the first time.

"We were very encouraged by what we saw," manager Chip Hale said.

Tomas has looked rough at the position in workouts, but getting in-game experience at third appears to be helping.

"He's much lighter on his feet than you would think he is," Hale said. "Even running down the line, he doesn't get hits every time but when he hits it, he hustles down the line and looks like he can get down there pretty good."

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

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Diamondbacks Agree To New Television Deal

Feb 19, 2015 8:32 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks and FOX Sports Arizona have agreed to a new television contract believed to be worth more than $1 billion in total.

The team's current television contract, which expires after the coming season, has an average annual value of about $31 million. The new deal will at least triple that figure.

Club officials recently stated that talks on a new deal were in the 15- to 20-year range.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

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Diamondbacks Confident In Young Rotation

Feb 17, 2015 9:35 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who had one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball last season, are comfortable relying on young, unproven hurlers this year.

Team officials believe some of the youngsters have top-of-the-rotation potential.

"Our staff is young, but I still think that we're going to pitch well," Dave Stewart said.

Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson are at the top of Arizona's rotation with the remaining spots open until Patrick Corbin and Bronson Arroyo are healthy.

Robbie Ray, Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster are candidates for those openings.

"It's our belief that with the young pitching we've got, we think it's the right time," Stewart said. "Young pitching doesn't normally start to show itself until the age that these guys are approaching — they're not even there yet, they're just approaching. The scouting reports that we have on each and every last one of the guys we acquired are good reports. Now, it's just a matter of if they're ready to move forward."

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

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Reed Agrees To $4.875M Deal With Diamondbacks

Feb 16, 2015 9:31 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Addison Reed have agreed to a one-year, $4.875 million contract.

The deal avoided a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Friday. Reed can earn $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 55 and 60 games finished.

Reed had 32 saves in 38 chances last year with a 4.25 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. He earned $538,500.

Associated Press

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Gerald Laird Reaches Agreement With Diamondbacks

Feb 2, 2015 5:25 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached an agreement on a deal with Gerald Laird, according to a source.

Laird's contract is of the Minor League variety and includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Laird hit .204 in 53 games with the Atlanta Braves last season.

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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

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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."

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

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

Associated Press

Sources: D-Backs Reach Record Deal With Yoan Lopez
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, according to sources.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Jays About Navarro
Dioner Navarro has been mentioned in trade rumors since Toronto signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

Associated Press

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

RealGM Staff Report

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.

MLB.com

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

ESPN.com

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.

MLBlogs

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