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Diamondbacks Sue County To Explore Stadium Options

Jan 4, 2017 8:26 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have filed suit against the Maricopa County Stadium District to ask for the removal of a clause in their contract that prevents the team from exploring other stadium options.

The issue is the $135 million in capital improvements that the Diamondbacks say the county must make to Chase Field. The team's lease prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024 and for the team to play at Chase Field until 2028.

Chase Field is owned by the county.

"It is extremely unfortunate that we have been forced to take action today following several years of attempts to resolve this matter out of court," managing partner Ken Kendrick said.

"We have made a promise to our fans, who have been partners with us on the building of this stadium and our franchise, to provide the best experience in all of baseball in a safe and welcoming environment. The inability of the Maricopa County Stadium District to fulfill its commitments has left us with no other option."

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks Trade Peter O'Brien To Royals

Jan 4, 2017 8:06 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Peter O'Brien to the Kansas City Royals for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis.

Originally drafted as a catcher, O'Brien converted to the outfield last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out

Jan 3, 2017 7:05 AM

In a recent video published by TMZ, Curt Schilling said he believes his support of President-elect Donald Trump is one reason he's losing Hall of Fame support among baseball journalists.

Schilling has received only 55.1 percent of the vote, well below the 75 percent needed for induction, according to Ryan Thibodaux's public ballot tracker.

In addition, several weeks ago Schilling shared an image on Twitter that supported lynching journalists and several voting members have admitted that the image hurt his candidacy.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Source: D-Backs, Jeff Mathis Agree To Two-Year, $4M Deal

Dec 4, 2016 1:13 AM

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Diamondbacks and catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract.

The person said the deal was pending a physical and asked not to be identified Saturday because the move had not been officially announced.

ESPN.com

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

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Mariners Acquire Jean Segura From Diamondbacks For Taijuan Walker

Nov 28, 2016 7:51 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Jean Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Taijuan Walker.

Seattle also received outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Zac Curtis, while Arizona landed shortstop Ketel Marte.

"Segura was one of the premier offensive players in the majors last season," Jerry Dipoto said. "His combination of average, power and speed is extremely difficult to find, especially at a position like shortstop and at the top of our lineup.

"We believe pairing him with Robinson Cano gives us tremendous offensive potential in the middle of our infield."

ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Diamondbacks Expect To Have Payroll In $100M Range

Nov 14, 2016 7:30 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks expect to operate with a payroll in the $100 million range, which wouldn't give them much wiggle room to improve the roster this offseason.

They only have four players under contract currently -- Zack Greinke, Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Yasmany Tomas. The four will make around $60 million in total salary. However, a host of arbitration players are projected to make around $30 million.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Diamondbacks Hire Jared Porter Away From Cubs

Nov 8, 2016 3:55 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Jared Porter as senior vice president and assistant general manager.

Porter most recently served as the director of scouting for the Chicago Cubs.

Arizona replaced Bryan Minniti, who left to join the front office of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, IQ, Misc Rumor

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D-Backs Hire Torey Lovullo As Manager

Nov 5, 2016 1:20 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will name Torey Lovullo as their new manager, the team announced.

Lovullo is expected to be introduced at a news conference Monday. The deal will be for three years, according to a source.

ESPN.com

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Report: Curt Schilling Faked Wanting To Stay In Game 4 Of World Series

Nov 2, 2016 4:14 PM

Curt Schilling faked his pleas to stay in his Game 4 start in the 2001 World Series, according to his former catcher Damian Miller.

“Whatever happens, this is my last inning. Don’t let him put me back out there again,” Schilling told Miller, according to Joe Buck’s new book, “Lucky Bastard,” which will be released Nov. 15.

According to the book, obtained by Vice Sports, Miller passed the message on to manager Bob Brenly, who Schilling knew had a microphone attached to his uniform.

“He knew he would look better if he begged to keep pitching on national television,” Buck wrote. “So he asked Brenly to keep him in the game. … They both knew he was coming out.”

The Fox broadcast ran a clip of Schilling pleading to stay in the game.

“No no no,” Schilling, who was pitching on three days rest, said when told he would be lifted.

“We’ve got BK [Byung-Hyun Kim] locked and loaded for the last six outs,” Brenly told him.

Mark W. Sanchez/New York Post

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Diamondbacks, Rockies To Interview Don Wakamatsu

Oct 31, 2016 7:19 AM

Don Wakamatsu will interview with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies for their vacant managerial positions.

Wakamatsu is currently the bench coach for the Kansas City Royals.

The 53-year-old managed the Seattle Mariners for just under two seasons as he was fired in August 2010. Since then he has worked for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks To Hire Amiel Sawdaye As Assistant GM
Amiel Sawdaye was also under consideration to be named GM of the Red Sox and had been linked to the Twins as well.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Twins In Mix To Hire Amiel Sawdaye
Amiel Sawdaye, currently the vice president of international and amateur scouting for the Red Sox, is weighing a number of options this month.

Peter Gammons

Mike Hazen: Goal In Arizona Is To Win Championship
Mike Hazen jumped at the chance to take over the lead in baseball operations with the Diamondbacks despite working as the general manager of his hometown Red Sox.

Associated Press

D-Backs Name Mike Hazen New GM
Mike Hazen had been serving as GM of the Red Sox, but Dave Dombrowski had the final say on baseball decisions.

ESPN.com

Diamondbacks Expected To Seek Permission To Speak With Mike Rizzo
The Arizona Diamondbacks intend to ask the Washington Nationals for permission to speak with Mike Rizzo about their open front office position, according to a report.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ned Colletti May Be GM Candidate For Diamondbacks
Ned Colletti is on the Diamondbacks' list of potential general manager candidates, according to a report.

J.P. Hoornstra/Southern California News Group

Diamondbacks Have List Of Five Potential GM Candidates
Major League Baseball vice president Kim Ng is under consideration, according to the report.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tony La Russa Remains With Diamondbacks, But Won't Run Baseball Ops
Tony La Russa remains with the Diamondbacks, who fired Dave Stewart and Chip Hale on Monday, but he will no longer run the team's baseball operations department.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

D-Backs Fire Chip Hale, Dave Stewart
The Diamondbacks fired manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart on Monday after the team finished 69-93.

ESPN.com

Rubby De La Rosa Hoping To Avoid Tommy John With Stem Cell Treatment
Rubby De La Rosa is set for free agency before the start of the 2019 season.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Zack Greinke Unlikely To Pitch Again This Season
Zack Greinke's MRI on his shoulder Friday showed no evidence of structural damage.

ESPN.com

Zack Greinke's MRI Shows Only Swelling
D-Backs pitching ace Zack Greinke could be available to start next week.

ESPN.com

D-Backs Parting Ways With VP De Jon Watson
Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart may also be fired after the season.

ESPN.com

Tony La Russa: Adam Jones Wrong In Saying MLB Is A 'White Man's Sport'
Tony La Russa recognizes there are issues that affect the black community in the United States, but disagrees with Adam Jones, who said Major League Baseball is a "white man's sport."

ESPN

Diamondbacks Executives At Odds, Futures Uncertain
The Diamondbacks have disappointed and the internal drama extends beyond the uncertain futures of Chip Hale and the club's top executives.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Diamondbacks Not Interested In Trading Shelby Miller This Winter
They reportedly listened to interest from the Dodgers after Zack Greinke cleared waivers.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Dodgers Approached Diamondbacks About Zack Greinke Trade
The Dodgers approached the Diamondbacks about a potential Zack Greinke trade after the pitcher cleared revocable trade waivers earlier this month, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Demotion Expected To Delay Shelby Miller's Free Agency
The Diamondbacks have scheduled Shelby Miller for at least one more Triple-A start which will leave him unable to accrue enough days on the active roster this year to reach four full years of MLB serv

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Diamondbacks Ownership Stopped Shelby Miller Trade To Marlins
The Diamondbacks and Marlins worked out a trade that would have sent Shelby Miller to the National League East in exchange for three pitchers, but Arizona ownership shot down the deal.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Maricopa County Moves To Sell Diamondbacks' Ballpark
Maricopa County officials have taken significant steps to sell the downtown Phoenix ballpark that has been the only home of the Diamondbacks.

Associated Press