December 2013 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap

Diamondbacks Want To Meet With Tanaka In Japan

Dec 30, 2013 9:58 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in signing Masahiro Tanaka and are hoping to make their sales pitch in person.

No trip has been scheduled, but the Diamondbacks are willing to fly to Japan to meet with the right-hander.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Tanaka To Be Represented By Casey Close

Dec 26, 2013 10:50 AM

Masahiro Tanaka, who will be posted as a Major League free agent, has chosen to be represented by agent Casey Close.

Close also represents Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Derek Jeter.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, and Chicago Cubs have been among the clubs most frequently linked to Tanaka.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Trumbo Hangs Around For Holiday Party With Angels Fans

Dec 24, 2013 9:58 AM

Mark Trumbo was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 10, but he asked the public relations department of the Los Angels Angels if he could still attend the team's scheduled holiday party.

Trumbo has been taking part in the event since he was a minor leaguer with the Angels.

The day after he was traded, Trumbo showed up to the event. He was the only player not wearing an Angels jersey, as you might expect.

"Standing at home plate at the end of last year, I didn't know that would be my last at-bat in the foreseeable future as an Angel," Trumbo said. "You just never know. But this is something I had control over, I guess. I felt like the right thing to do would be to go, to sign some autographs and say hi to the kids and say hi to all the other guys who were going and kind of do one last thing to say thanks for the opportunity that I got in Anaheim."

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona Diamondbacks

D-Backs, Brad Ziegler Agree To Deal

Dec 21, 2013 1:21 AM

The Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Brad Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $10.5M deal with the right-handed reliever, according to an report.

Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying he's "really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Diamondbacks Still Targeting Elite Starter

Dec 19, 2013 10:56 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are still in the race to add a high-level starting pitcher this offseason.

Kevin Towers says the club is "in" on two of the following pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka, Ervin Santana and Matt Garza.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks Reach Deal With Chavez

Dec 18, 2013 3:14 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a deal with Eric Chavez.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

Valverde Says He Doesn't Have Deal With Diamondbacks

Dec 17, 2013 1:35 PM

Jose Valverde says that he does not have a contract agreement in place with the Arizona Diamondbacks, contrary to reports.

Valverde recently switched agents. Formerly with Scott Boras, he is now represented by Praver/Shapiro.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Diamondbacks gave Valverde a Minor League deal.

Enrique Rojas/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Valverde Joins Diamondbacks On Minor League Deal

Dec 17, 2013 10:38 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a Minor League contract with Jose Valverde.

Valverde, 36, returns to the organization that signed him as an international free agent in 1997.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

White Sox Trade Reed To Diamondbacks

Dec 16, 2013 3:25 PM

The Chicago White Sox have traded Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The White Sox received third baseman Matt Davidson in return.

At Triple-A Reno in 2013, Davidson batted .280 with a .350 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Arizona Will Live With Trumbo's Ks In Exchange For Power

Dec 16, 2013 9:00 AM

It has become harder to find power in the post-steroid era, which is why the Arizona Diamondbacks traded for Mark Trumbo last week.

Kevin Towers will live with Trumbo's high strikeout total and low on-base percentage if he brings 30-plus home runs and close to 100 RBIs.

"Just looking at the West, and looking at the National League and looking at the free agent market going forward, I just don't know where you're going to find power," Towers said. "If 180 strikeouts translates into 40 homers and 150 or 120 RBIs, and Goldie has another [Paul] Goldschmidt type year, we'll be happy with those two big right-hand bats in the lineup.

"With power is going to come with strikeouts. Just didn't want to have an entire lineup, or two-thirds of our lineup that was all lots of strikeouts, and I think we don't have that."

Trumbo hit .234/.294/.453 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and 184 strikeouts in 2013.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Stats

Braves, Diamondbacks, Jays Linked To Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija is under club control for two more seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Diamondbacks Closing In On Deals With Blanco, Hudson
Daniel Hudson is expected to be sidelined for the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Chamberlain Agrees To Join Tigers
The Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Joba Chamberlain, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels, D-Backs Considered Favorites For Garza
The Twins have also been linked to Matt Garza.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Astros, Tigers Interested In Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain reportedly received a one-year, $3 million offer from the Diamondbacks earlier this week.

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

Chamberlain Receives Offer From Diamondbacks
Joba Chamberlain struggled with the Yankees in 2013, posting a 4.93 ERA in 45 appearances.

Buster Olney/ESPN

D-Backs To Acquire Trumbo In Three-Team Deal
The deal will send Trumbo to Arizona, Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to Los Angeles.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Arizona Could Make Play For Trumbo
The Angels are looking for controllable starters in return for the slugger.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports