August 2008 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
D'Backs Could Land Eckstein
Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi has confirmed rumors that the team is talking to Arizona about a deal involving shortstop David Eckstein, according to MLB.com. Talks with the Angels appear to have broken down, but Eckstein could still be out of Toronto by Tuesday. "We're talking to them," Ricciardi said of non-specific trade discussions with the Diamondbacks. "David is one of my favorite guys on this team," manager Cito Gaston said. "You're talking about a guy that's just absolutely been great here with me and I haven't been able to play him as much as I'd like to. David has always, whatever you've asked him to do, he will go and do it for you. He's a class act." If Arizona wants to have Eckstein on their postseason roster, they'll have to land him by midnight on Sunday (EST).
Dodgers Lose Eighth Straight, 4.5 Games Back
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their eight-straight game on Friday night against the Diamondbacks, and have fallen 4.5 games back of Arizona in the NL West, according to Associated Press. "We need to find a way to get this stuff straightened out," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "There's still plenty of time left. Right now, the last couple of weeks have been ugly." The Dodgers were swept by the Phillies in a four-game series and lost three-straight to the Nationals before the opener against the Diamondbacks on Friday night. Two weeks ago the Dodgers were just one game out of first place in the division.
Melvin Opts To Stick With Lyon As Closer
Diamondbacks' Manager Bob Melvin has decided to stick with Brandon Lyon as the team's closer, according to Arizona Republic. Lyon has given up ten earned runs in his past 5 1/3 innings, but none of the damage has come in a save situation. None of his rough outings have directly cost Arizona a game, either. His ERA has shot up to 4.96, but Lyon is 25 for 30 in save situations this season and at one point had a 25-inning scoreless streak. "I think he's earned the right to go out there in a save situation, if indeed he was to lose his job for a period of time," Melvin said.
Lyon Losing Grip As Arizona's Closer
Brandon Lyon appears to be losing his grip on the job of closer with the Diamondbacks, according to The Mercury News. Lyon has been shaky as of late and has seen Jon Rauch used as the closer on occasion when he has been struggling. "It's just as simple as not making pitches right now," Lyon said. "Everything that can go wrong is going wrong. I can't explain it. I just have to keep grinding it out and keep going back out there and get one out at a time." Lyon, however, doesn't feel as though a move out of the closer's role will help him. "I don't feel that way," he said. "I feel like I'm ready to go out there and get outs. It's just a matter of doing it. It seems like in the past few years and this year I've been able to pitch out of having people on base. It's just not happening. I'm not getting that one out at that time. I'm giving up a hit, and it's snowballing into other things."
McCain Follows D-Backs Games From Phone
Arizona senator and presidential candidate John McCain sat next to Diamondbacks' CEO Jeff Moorad in the owners' seats for Sunday's game. "He's a committed Diamondbacks' supporter," Moorad said. Minutes before the game, McCain greeted Melvin and Adam Dunn among others. McCain told Moorad he regularly follows the pitch-by-pitch report of Diamondbacks games on his phone.
Webb Wins No. 19 For D'Backs
Brandon Webb pitched seven shutout innings for his career-high and major league-leading 19th win Thursday night in the Diamondbacks? 4-1 win over the Padres, as reported by the Associated Press. It was the sixth straight winning start for Webb (19-4), giving him eight wins in his last 11 starts.
Webb Wins Major League-Leading 18th
Brandon Webb won his eighteenth game of the season on Friday night in Arizona's 12-2 win over Houston, according to The Associated Press. Webb allowed only four hits, retiring sixteen Astros on groundouts and winning his seventh-straight decision. "I don't know if it was my best," Webb said, "but it was pretty good." Webb pitched eight innings, allowing two runs while striking out six. He is now 18-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 2008.
Big Unit Isn't Thinking About Retirement
Randy Johnson isn't thinking about retirement as he continues to pitch well for the Diamondbacks this season, according to The Arizona Republic. "Eventually, you have to retire and come out of retirement and then play again and then retire," Johnson said jokingly. "I haven't even retired yet and come out of retirement, so I still have a little ways to go before I actually retire." The 44-year-old appears to be thinking about playing again in 2009. "I still have a month and a half left of starts, and I'm excited about that," Johnson said. "And they're meaningful games, another reason why I wanted to come back from last year. I didn't get an opportunity to pitch in the postseason. I think I can help. I'm not the Randy of 1999 or 2000 or 2001, but I can still go out there and pitch and take my chances."
Arizona Will Likely Have 9 Picks In Top 75 Next Year
The Diamondbacks have traded much of their top talent from their farm system in deals for Dan Haren, Adam Dunn and Jon Rauch, but will replenish their system with nine picks in the first 70 to 75 selections of next year's amateur draft. The additional draft-pick compensation would come from the expected departures of Dunn, Orlando Hudson and relievers Brandon Lyon and Juan Cruz as free agents. The D-backs' concern that Dunn might accept salary arbitration is minimal. He is not yet 29,and headed for his fifth straight 40-homer season. In an era of decreased power, he should be in demand.
Owings To Be Included In Dunn Trade
There were indications on Tuesday, according to Major League sources, that Arizona pitcher Micah Owings will likely be one of the two players to be named later in exchange for Adam Dunn. Cincinnati has already acquired Class A pitcher Dallas Buck in the deal. The name of the third player is not known. The teams had already decided on the two players to be sent to the Reds, but withheld the names because of the waiver process. All players on 40-man rosters must clear waivers after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Owings was reportedly claimed by several teams with a worse record than the Reds.
Big Unit Notches Win No. 294
Randy Johnson recorded victory No. 294 of his career on Tuesday night as he helped the Diamondbacks defeat the Rockies.
Mets Had No Interest In Dunn
The Mets had no interest in Adam Dunn, who was traded Monday from Cincinnati to Arizona.
D-Backs Land Dunn
A deal for Adam Dunn was consummated just before the 48-hour window expired Monday, according to major-league sources.
Webb Earns His 17th Win
Diamondbacks' hurler Brandon Webb earned his seventeenth win on Sunday against the Braves.
Pirates' Karstens Nearly Perfect
RHP Jeff Karstens pitched a two-hitter Wednesday in the Pirates 2-0 win over the D'Backs.
Webb: D-Backs Pulled Extension Offer
Brandon Webb said he and the team had agreed to terms on a contract extension in June, only to have the Diamondbacks pull the offer.
Webb Becomes First To Win 16 Games
Diamondbacks' starter Brandon Webb became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues to win sixteen games on Tuesday night in a victory over the Pirates.
D'Backs, Haren Agree To Extension
The Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Dan Haren came to terms on a four-year contract extension on Tuesday.