June 2008 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
Webb, D-Backs Stop Contract Talks
Brandon Webb and the Diamondbacks have put their contract talks on hold once again, according to The Arizona Republic. "It's gone on for five months," he said. "I'm tired of it. We've got 2 1/2 years. If it comes down to that, I'll be a free agent." Webb is under contract for 2009, and the D-Backs hold a club option for the 2010 season. "I felt that we were close," he admitted.
D-Backs, Haren Close On Extension?
The Diamondbacks and pitcher Dan Haren are still trying to agree on a long-term extension to keep the hurler in town past 2009, according to The Arizona Republic. Haren, who has a 3.41 ERA this season, has an option for 2010 that would pay him roughly $6.75 million. He is owed $4 million this year and $5.5 million in 2009. "Hopefully, I'll be here a long time," he said. "I liked it in Oakland, and, you know, I love it here." He said he and the Diamondbacks discussed a contract extension earlier in the season, but "it kind of broke off." "There's so much to think about during the daily grind, anything more is just too much," he said. "If it's something we revisit in the offseason, then it's that," Haren said. "If it's something that can be moved on quickly during the year, I'm sure we'd be good."
Mets Acquire Nixon From D'Backs
The Mets added some outfield depth after Friday?s victory over the Rangers, acquiring veteran Trot Nixon from the Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named, as reported by Yahoo.com. Nixon has spent this season with Class AAA Tucson of the PCL, hitting .309 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 58 games.
Wagner Blows Third-Straight Save For Mets
Billy Wagner blew his third-straight save for the Mets on Thursday night as the Diamondbacks rallied back to win in ten innings, according to The Associated Press. "It's frustrating," Wagner said. "I stink right now." He has allowed six earned runs in his last 2 1/3 innings, all blown save opportunities. New York's Johan Santana struck out ten over seven innings against Arizona, but Wagner squandered a two-run lead in the ninth. After Thursday's action the Mets were 7.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East.
D'Backs Webb Has 'Dead Arm'
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb was removed after five innings on Wednesday night after getting struck in the side by a line drive and suffering from a 'dead arm', according to The Arizona Republic. "He felt it a little bit, but at that point, the way we had been riding him, I didn't want to run him out there for two more innings and get his pitch counts up," manager Bob Melvin said of the line drive. "Innings-wise he's pitched quite a bit for us. Just wanted to give him a little blow." Webb threw 58 pitches before he was pulled. His velocity has gone down in recent weeks, beginning a few starts ago against the Braves. "Yeah, it doesn't hurt," Webb said. "Maybe a dead-arm period or something like that. Like I said, it doesn't hurt, so it's tough to tell. Everything feels good."
Tejada Pulls Ahead In NL All-Star Balloting
Shortstop Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros has overtaken Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins in National League balloting for the 79th All-Star Game. Tejada leads the race among NL shortstops with 726,835 votes while Ramirez, who led in the first two balloting updates, is second with 607,528. Chicago Cubs' rookie Geovany Soto is still top contender behind the plate with 969,853 votes, ahead of two-time All-Star Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves (578,276) and last year?s starting N.L. backstop Russell Martin (350,694) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Philadelphia Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley has remained the leading vote-getter among all National Leaguers with 1,284,961. Also holding onto first place with more than a million votes are Houston Astros' first baseman Lance Berkman (1,046,249) and Atlanta Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones (1,110,171). Cubs' teammates Alfonso Soriano (1,088,866) and Kosuke Fukudome (918,262) are the leading outfielders and are joined by Cincinnati Reds' 13-time All-Star Ken Griffey, Jr. (775,759).