MLB Rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks

Archie Bradley's timetable 

April, 15, 2014
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Clubs have plenty of financial incentives to keep top prospects in the minor leagues as long as possible. That doesn't mean agents have to like it.

Jay Franklin, the representative for Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley, told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that GM Kevin Towers is keeping his client in the minors due to service-time considerations. The D-backs can delay Bradley’s free agency for a year by keeping him in the minors until late April. If they keep him down until late May or early June, the club can avoid another year of arbitration eligibility.

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Gibson on the hot seat? 

April, 6, 2014
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In February, the Arizona Diamondbacks gave manager Kirk Gibson a contract extension so that he would not be entering 2014 as a lame duck. However, they did not reveal the terms of that extension, so it's unclear exactly how much job security Gibson actually has.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks got the worst possible news regarding Patrick Corbin, who could be lost for the season after an MRI revealed a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

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Lefthander Oliver Perez found a home Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $4.25 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that could put the roster spot of Joe Thatcher in jeopardy.

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Arizona looking to Arroyo 

February, 6, 2014
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After missing out on Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza, and being unable to convince either the Tampa Bay Rays or Chicago Cubs to deal away their No. 1 pitchers, the Arizona Diamondbacks have now turned their energy towards adding Bronson Arroyo to their rotation.

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Spring training is almost here for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the club remains interested in adding a “top-of-the rotation” starter, general manager Kevin Towers tells Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic.

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It is has been a frustrating winter for free agent Bronson Arroyo, who told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark last week how baffled he was at still being without a contract this late in the offseason.

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D-Backs now considering Arroyo? 

February, 1, 2014
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Earlier this week, ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote about the situation free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo finds himself in as we enter the final weeks before Spring Training.

"His old team, the Reds, loves him but is ready to move on," Stark explained. "He had strong interest from the Twins earlier in the offseason, but they re-signed Mike Pelfrey instead. And while Arroyo has been linked to a long list of teams at various times -- Orioles, Dodgers, Mariners, Mets, Angels, Phillies, Pirates, etc. -- he's still in limbo, along with a surprising number of other veteran starters."

Another potential suitor, San Francisco, is no longer in the running.

On Friday, though, we learned that Arizona has emerged as a possible landing spot for the veteran.

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Diamondbacks might stand pat 

January, 23, 2014
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How will things turn out for the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff now that Masahiro Tanaka is no longer an option? ESPN.com's Jim Bowden predicts that the Diamondbacks will be in competition with the Los Angeles Angels to sign Matt Garza and, if they end up losing out there, then they would enter the Ervin Santana sweepstakes alongside the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Monday Roundup: Suitors for Santana 

January, 13, 2014
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Could Ervin Santana be headed back to the Kansas City Royals? The free agent pitcher is in a state of stasis for the moment, and likely will remain there until Masahiro Tanaka makes his decision in the next week or so.

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The Tanaka tour begins 

January, 9, 2014
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With a little over two weeks left before Masahiro Tanaka has to decide which major league uniform he's going to wear as he makes his debut, the Japanese pitcher has reportedly begun his American tour.

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Masahiro Tanaka will be a very rich young man once he decides which major league team will benefit from his services. We took a look at which teams will have the best shot at signing the Japanese righthander, who is expected to land a deal north of $100 million, not including the $20 million posting fee.

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Ichiro on the move? 

January, 5, 2014
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Having signed Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees are very likely to move one of their other outfielders before the start of spring training. At least one of the trio of Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki or Vernon Wells will probably get sent elsewhere for 2014.

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In or out on Tanaka? 

January, 3, 2014
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Until he ultimately signs a contract, the courtship of Masahiro Tanaka is sure to be a daily soap opera that bears following. While there's no "official list" of what teams are in or out of the pursuit process, two teams seem to have taken up residence on opposite sides of the proverbial fence.

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Arizona in on Tanaka? 

December, 30, 2013
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Expect the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes to remain at the forefront of the rumor mill until such time as the pitcher finally agrees to a deal. For the Arizona Diamondbacks, while they may be seen as longshots to woo the pitcher to their team, they intend to at least put up a fight.

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