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  1. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Towers Gibson AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  2. The Collective Bargaining Agreement won’t be changed until it expires

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Yesterday, Brewers starter Kyle Lohse criticized the qualifying offer system. Lohse rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals after the 2012 season, hoping to get a lucrative deal in free agency. He ended up jobless well into march until the Brewers jumped in and signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal. This…

  3. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  4. Diamondbacks, Brad Ziegler avoid arbitration

    Dec 20, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    It’s the Friday before Christmas so all of you are having your office Christmas parites. I used to have office Christmas parties. We’d have cocktails and chase women around desks and photocopy our rear ends and everything. Hi, I’m Craig, and I haven’t worked in an office since 1968! Anyway, what I’m saying is, it’s…

  5. Could Jhonny Peralta’s four-year, $53 million deal spur harsher PED penalties?

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports makes the case that the four-year, $53 million deal shortstop Jhonny Peralta just signed with the Cardinals could be a potential driving force behind harsher penalties for performance-enhancing drug use. Peralta was suspended for 50 games last year by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Peralta…

  6. Brad Ziegler isn’t thrilled with Jhonny Peralta’s $50 million payday

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler, one of the best follows among MLB players on twitter, had a little something to say about the Cardinals’ decision to give Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $52 million contract. It pays to cheat…Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Peralta – Cards agree to 4-year deal: http://t.co/rkpdAO3QaL” — Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler)…

  7. MLBPA head Michael Weiner dies at age 51 following battle with brain cancer

    Nov 21, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Michael Weiner Getty

    Very sad news to pass along this evening, as MLBPA head Michael Weiner passed away today following a 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was 51 years old. Per the Associated Press, Weiner died at his home in Mansfield Township, New Jersey. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters. This isn’t unexpected news, as…

  8. Umpire Wally Bell dies at age 48

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Wally Bell

    Sad news coming out of Ohio on Monday night: Wally Bell, who just finished working the Cardinals-Pirates NLDS series last week, has passed away of an apparent heart attack, according to the Youngtown Vindicator. “One on my dearest friends,” fellow umpire John Hirschbeck told Youngstown’s WFMJ. “We worked together for 11 years. He was like…

  9. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  10. The Diamondbacks beat the Mets in a wild one

    Jul 4, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks AP

    If you have been out of the loop for the past few hours on this Fourth of July, you missed a wild one at Citi Field. Fending off a pair of dramatic comebacks, the Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 5-4 in 15 innings. It took five hours and 46 minutes to get a winner. The game…

  11. Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

    May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The…

  12. Joe Saunders scratched from start last night after having trouble getting loose

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Miami Marlins

    Is Trevor Bauer time upon us? Maybe. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Joe Saunders was scratched from his scheduled start last night against the Cubs because he had trouble getting loose. Josh Collmenter got the call at the last minute and allowed one run over four innings. Brad Ziegler, Craig Breslow, Bryan Shaw and…

  13. J.J. Putz is way excited about his Justin Bieber autograph

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    Here’s something I did not know: Panini puts out Justin Bieber trading cards. And, apparently, the Diamondbacks got a box of said cards in the clubhouse, J.J. Putz pulled an autographed card and Brad Ziegler was there to capture the excitement. Putz does have twin daughters, age 7, so he’s probably not going to keep…

  14. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  15. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  16. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  17. Diamondbacks and Brad Ziegler agree to one-year, $1.795M deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks and reliever Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.795 million contract. Ziegler requested $1.945 million and was offered $1.46 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides agreed to a deal a little above the midpoint.…

  18. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

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