MLB Rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks

Is there a market for Montero? 

November, 21, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are believed to be exploring "creative" ways in which they can free up some salary in order to fill some holes in their roster. Miguel Montero, set to make $40 million over the next three years, could be the primary candidate to get moved.

D-backs' next move after Hellickson 

November, 15, 2014
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In their first major move under new general manager Dave Stewart, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night for a pair of minor league prospects -- infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.

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D-backs could trade for a pitcher 

November, 10, 2014
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With four 20-win seasons on his resume, Dave Stewart knows a thing or two about pitching. That should come in handy in his new job as general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose 4.26 ERA last season was the second worst in the National League.

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Montero on the move? 

November, 4, 2014
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A complete salary dump may not be in order for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but after losing 98 games with a payroll that topped $112 million in 2014, it would not come as a surprise to see an effort to rid the organization of some of its more expensive contracts.

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NL West team-by-team hot stove preview 

November, 2, 2014
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With the World Series in the rearview mirror, all 30 major league teams are ready to look ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be the one holding the championship trophy next year at this time. Teams have until Monday to decline or accept any options they have on their current players before free agency gets into full swing, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs that were watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Our snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason concludes today with a look at the National League West.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Big decisions: Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall has confirmed that a $90 million estimated payroll is "probably a number that makes a lot of sense right now," though he says there is a possibility of another $5-10 million being added to that total under the right circumstances. With an eye on finances, hiring Chip Hale to manage this club likely will end up being the biggest move this team will make this offseason.

Team needs: Arizona could certainly use some new blood on the pitching staff, which last season finished 14th in the NL with a 4.26 ERA. However, the team is likely to rely on internal options, having picked up the options on Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic notes, both pitchers "spent most of this year working their way back from Tommy John surgery." … The team also hopes prospect Archie Bradley is finally ready to take a step forward to the major leagues. His progress in the Arizona Fall League seems to indicate there's a real chance of that happening.

Early buzz: The best chance of a deal seems to be at shortstop, where the team has an abundance in Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington. Piecoro believes that "if the Diamondbacks wanted to add starting pitching and wanted to add it now, they could probably use one of their young shortstops, namely Gregorius or Ahmed, as currency." ESPN's Mark Simon thinks the New York Mets might be a match, especially since the new Arizona regime (Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart) is "familiar with [general manager Sandy] Alderson, as the three were all integral parts of the Oakland Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s."


Colorado Rockies

Big decisions: Last spring, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said that he thought his team could win 90 games. He was basing that assumption on healthy seasons from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and increased optimism in the starting rotation. After being off by 24 victories, Monfort hired a new general manager. Could it be time for a veteran sell-off and a rebuild with an eye toward youth? That's the biggest decision this organization needs to make.

Team needs: As Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports, "Uncertainty over the health of left-handed starter Brett Anderson, who is recovering from back surgery, led the Rockies to decline his $12 million option for 2015." Although there's always a chance he could re-sign at a lower price tag, the Rockies are likely to have an opening in their rotation that needs filling. … The team exercised its $2.25 million option on LaTroy Hawkins, but manager Walt Weiss might not want to count on Hawkins spending another full season as the closer in 2015, considering the pitcher will be 42 when the season starts.

Early buzz: A push toward getting younger could start with a rumored deal of Justin Morneau to the Baltimore Orioles, who may not want to retain Chris Davis after last season's suspension. … Nick Groke of the Denver Post says that the tier of free-agent arms that the Rockies have the best chance of signing includes, in a best-case scenario, Ervin Santana, Brandon McCarthy, Francisco Liriano and Justin Masterson.


Los Angeles Dodgers

Big decisions: Is this team ready to part ways with Hanley Ramirez? The Dodgers may end up having no choice, as the decision to accept a qualifying offer lies with the shortstop. However, he can refuse only if the Dodgers make an offer in the first place, and as Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles writes, "They can live with his poor defense and moodiness for one more season provided he stays healthier than he did in 2013 (playing just 86 games) and hits as well or better than he did last year (.283/.369/.448). Ramirez's .810 OPS was the best in the majors among shortstops."

Team needs: The Dodgers are currently hamstrung by player contracts. As Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times notes, just six players -- Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw -- have deals worth a combined $610 million. "If none are traded, they'll all still be on the roster heading into the 2017 season and averaging almost 33 years of age," Dilbeck writes. What that means is that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman really needs a bit of roster flexibility. Dilbeck says a deal of Ethier, even if the Dodgers have to "eat half his contract," may be the first step toward this goal.

Early buzz: Saxon thinks the team will try to re-sign catcher A.J. Ellis at a lower salary than in 2014 so he can continue to be Kershaw's personal backstop while also going after Russell Martin to play most other days behind the plate. … Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News believes that Yasiel Puig would be a good fit with the Oakland A's: "Puig is a very good player, he's very young, he's under contract at very reasonable terms, and that all makes him incredibly valuable as a trade asset, should it come to that."


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Bradley's time not yet here? 

October, 20, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks used 11 different starting pitchers in 2014, and collectively, they went just 41-69 with a 4.44 ERA. Clearly, there's plenty of room for improvement in 2015. However, highly-touted prospect Archie Bradley may not be the team's first choice to provide some much-needed help come April.

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D-backs close to naming manager? 

October, 13, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to announce their next manager on Monday, “though as of Sunday night it remained somewhat unclear exactly who would land the job,” reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

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Shortstop deal ahead for D-backs? 

October, 8, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the midst of a managerial search, and new general manager Dave Stewart's primary focus at the present time is interviewing candidates to replace Kirk Gibson at the helm of the team.

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D-backs expand search 

October, 2, 2014
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In addition to the internal candidates we wrote about on Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks have released a short list of names from outside the organization that are officially on their radar in their quest to find a new manager.

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Diamondbacks begin search 

October, 1, 2014
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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the team has begun the interview process to find a replacement for fired manager Kirk Gibson by sitting down with current Double-A manager Andy Green.

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D-Backs keeping same outfield in 2015? 

September, 30, 2014
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Before Kevin Towers was dismissed as Arizona's general manager, he went on record saying that he hoped to add a high on-base percentage type of outfielder over the offseason.

Under new Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart, that apparently won't be the case.

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Coaching continuity in Arizona 

September, 30, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have not decided on a new manager, but the new skipper may have minimal say as to his coaching staff.

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Top candidates for next D-Backs manager 

September, 27, 2014
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Here's a look at some of the names being mentioned as potential candidates to replace Kirk Gibson as the Arizona Diamondbacks manager.

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Dave Stewart's plan as Diamondbacks GM 

September, 27, 2014
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After being named the Arizona Diamondbacks new general manager, Dave Stewart appeared on a popular local radio show in Phoenix to explain his plan for rebuilding the organization.

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Could Hudson close next season? 

September, 19, 2014
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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Diamondbacks have shut down pitcher Daniel Hudson, one appearance sooner than the team had intended.

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