January 8th, 2014 at 2:38 PM
By Abner Walker
Although the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have been the predominant names in the chase for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a strong push for Tanaka and are considered to be serious players.
After coming up short on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Diamondbacks clearly have both the room and will to spend for a player like Tanaka, and, like most teams, have a strong need for a front-end starter.
The catch for the Diamondbacks will be how intense bidding gets on Tanaka. If the club were able to sign him for $120, coupled with the $20 posting fee owed to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, it would equal out to the same $140 million they had been prepared to spend on Choo.
In addition to the Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks, the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs are also expected to pursue Tanaka.
In 2012 for the Golden Eagles, Tanaka posted a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA.
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January 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Abner Walker
Shortly after outfielder Adam Eaton was sent to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team trade in early December, an anonymous Arizona Diamondbacks player told Arizona Sports 620 that trading Eaton was "addition by subtraction." This player went on to call Eaton "selfish" and said he routinely "irked players" in the clubhouse.
Needless to say, Eaton was taken aback by these allegations, saying it was his understanding that most relationships with Diamondbacks players and personnel were solid.
“I haven’t heard anything about any of it,” Eaton said. “I didn’t have any indication. I felt like I left on pretty good terms. I felt like I had a pretty good relationship with most of the guys and the PR department and a lot of the front office people. After the trade they called me and kind of wished me good luck.”
Eaton admits to having an attitude on the field, but claims he never brought it back to the dugout, And if he bothered/offended anyone? Well, he's certainly apologetic.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 17th, 2013 at 5:05 AM
By Abner Walker
For the second time in a week, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox came to an agreement on a trade. This time, without the assistance of a third team, the duo agreed to a trade of closer Addison Reed for third baseman Matt Davidson.
For Chicago, they bring in another powerful bat and a top-notch minor league resume. Despite his limited playing time with Arizona last season, Davidson was named Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star and MVP of the Futures Game in New York. He was also ranked as the Diamondbacks' No. 4 overall prospect.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn feels Davidson will develop into a middle-of-the-order type hitter, but makes no guarantees he'll assume that role out of Spring Training.
"We feel he has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order run producer for a long time, whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon thereafter, we'll have to figure out over the coming weeks and months as we come to know him and see him for ourselves," he said.
Meanwhile, for the Diamondbacks, Reed will come in and immediately compete for the closers job.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 10th, 2013 at 3:13 PM
By Abner Walker
On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks landed first baseman Mark Trumbo as part of a three-team trade also involving the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox.
In addition to Trumbo and two players to be named later moving to Arizona, the trade sends Adam Eton to Chicago, and pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. However, the players to be named later with likely have their names withheld because they will be exposed to Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
"Pumped to be a part of the White Sox organization! Excited to get after winning the AL Central. Thank you for this incredible opportunity," Eaton tweeted.
Although Trumbo has primarily played first base, he will be used in left field for the Diamondbacks. He also adds a significant power bat into the lineup, creating a good duo with Paul Goldschmidt.
The 27-year-old Trumbo batted .234/.294/.453 with 34 HR and 100 RBI last season. However, he also struck out 184 times with only 54 walks.
Other Notes: The Diamondbacks have reportedly offered New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain a one-year deal.
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September 28th, 2013 at 10:15 AM
By Sports Media 101
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