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  1. D-Backs “seem keen on giving Juan Miranda an opportunity”

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Arizona has been relatively quiet on the first baseman front despite letting 2010 starter Adam LaRoche walk as a free agent, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks seem likely to give minor-league veteran Juan Miranda a chance to claim the everyday job. Acquired from the Yankees for a mid-level prospect…

  2. Diamondbacks sell Rusty Ryal to Japanese team

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Rusty Ryal

    Rather than give him a shot to earn a bench job, the Diamondbacks have sold 27-year-old utility man Rusty Ryal to Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He was released last week in preparation for the move. Ryal debuted in 2006 by batting .271 with 11 extra-base hits and a .946 OPS in 68 plate appearances and…

  3. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  4. Arizona targets Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns for part-time role

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    After finding a backup catcher in Henry Blanco the Diamondbacks “will next turn their attention to finding a right-handed bat who can play left field” and are targeting Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Gilbert speculates that Nady could have a slight edge because he has experience at first base…

  5. Diamondbacks promote former Baseball Think Factory writer Carlos Gomez to international scouting director

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    As a longtime lurker, occasional commenter, and former contributor at Baseball Think Factory I’m absolutely thrilled by this news: Carlos Gomez, who frequently posted comments and wrote articles at Baseball Think Factory under the screen name “Chad Bradford Wannabe,” has been hired as the Diamondbacks’ international scouting director. Gomez, who pitched professionally in independent leagues…

  6. Diamondbacks agree to one-year contract with Henry Blanco

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Diamondbacks were said to be on the verge of signing veteran catcher Henry Blanco and now Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that they’ve come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract. Blanco will back up 27-year-old starter Miguel Montero and figures to get most of his starts subbing…

  7. Jorge Cantu “seriously being considered by Diamondbacks”

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Jorge Cantu is “seriously being considered by the Diamondbacks” as an option at first base. Cantu was horrendous for the Rangers after they acquired him a midseason deal with the Marlins and barely played in the postseason as rookie Mitch Moreland emerged as the primary first baseman. He’s always…

  8. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

  9. Diamondbacks re-sign Mike Hampton to minor-league deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Mike Hampton came back from his latest arm surgery to make 10 appearances as a left-handed specialist for the Diamondbacks in September and today Arizona re-signed him to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Hampton “will compete for a job coming out of the…

  10. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

  11. UPDATE: Mets sign D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets have signed Carrasco to a two-year contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that he’ll make $2.5 million in the deal, so it’s hard to get too bent out of shape about this one. Good value signing. 5:17 PM: Free agent reliever D.J.…

  12. Diamondbacks no longer fielding offers for Justin Upton

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Shortly after taking over as the Diamondbacks’ new general manager Kevin Towers made headlines by saying he was open to fielding offers for 23-year-old right fielder Justin Upton. Presumably every other GM in baseball called to express interest and without question fans from every team in baseball tried to dream up potential trade packages that…

  13. Adam LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Washington is committed to overpaying veteran free agents this offseason and not surprisingly Adam LaRoche wants in on the action. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals and his representative is expected to meet with the club in the next couple of days.” Ladson adds that the Nationals…

  14. UPDATE: Diamondbacks, J.J. Putz agree to contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Putz will receive a two-year, $10 million contract from the Diamondbacks with a $6.5 million club option for 2013 or a $1.5 million buyout. He’ll earn $4 million in 2011 and $4.5 million in 2012. 6:18 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz have agreed to…

  15. Reynolds replacement? Diamondbacks sign Melvin Mora

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Shortly after trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a pair of relievers the Diamondbacks have signed his potential replacement at third base Melvin Mora. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $2 million, which is a reasonable price and makes Mora a solid pickup if the Diamondbacks…

  16. UPDATE: Orioles get Mark Reynolds from Diamondbacks for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, pending physical exams. Baltimore will send relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to Arizona for Mark Reynolds. ========== President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail admitted this morning that the Orioles are “making progress” with the Diamondbacks on a trade for Mark Reynolds, which given the typical lack of public…

  17. Diamondbacks non-tender Church, Carrasco, Ojeda, Boyer

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Arizona announced four non-tenders, cutting loose Ryan Church, D.J. Carrasco, Augie Ojeda, and Blaine Boyer rather than going through the arbitration process with them. They may also still non-tender Zach Duke prior to tonight’s deadline, but for now the Diamondbacks are reportedly trying to work out a one-year deal with him for a lesser salary…

  18. Aaron Heilman will decline arbitration, may give starting a try

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Heilman will decline the offer and look to sign elsewhere after making $2.15 million in 2010. Rosenthal also notes that Heilman is “drawing interest as a starter” after being exclusively a reliever for the…

  19. Diamondbacks “listening” to offers for Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “listening” to offers on Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away” in order to actually trade the 23-year-old right fielder. I’m not exactly sure why a rebuilding team like the Diamondbacks would be even remotely interested in trading one of the best young players in…

  20. Rico Brogna quits as Diamondbacks farm director after getting the job last month

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but today the former big-league first baseman quit the job. Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season. Arizona senior vice president of scouting and player development…

  21. Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He won’t actually have a choice in the…

  22. Diamondbacks likely won’t try to re-sign Brandon Webb

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to re-sign free agent Brandon Webb after paying the former Cy Young winner $8.5 million to throw zero innings this season. According to Magruder “the Diamondbacks have had no conversations with Webb about a new contract and they do not plan to initiate talks moving…

  23. Opinions mixed on Diamondbacks’ interest in Paul Konerko

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Last week Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com wrote that Arizona has made signing free agent Paul Konerko “an offseason priority” and it sounds like the Diamondbacks won’t exercise a $7.5 million option on their own first baseman, Adam LaRoche. However, Nick Piecero of the Arizona Republic is skeptical about the Diamondbacks actually making a heavy push…

  24. Diamondbacks unlikely to exercise $7.5 million option on Adam LaRoche

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    An official decision won’t have to be made until later this week, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to exercise their $7.5 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche for 2011. Back in September both LaRoche and the team expressed interest in working out a contract extension, but…

  25. Diamondbacks add Trammell, Nagy, Baylor to coaching staff

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Arizona filled out most of its coaching staff this afternoon, with Alan Trammell coming on as Kirk Gibson’s bench coach, Charles Nagy and Don Baylor joining as the pitching and hitting coaches, and Eric Young serving as first base coach. Gibson was actually the bench coach in Detroit back when Trammell was the Tigers’ manager,…

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