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Diamondbacks sign Owings

Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 8:11 pm
Micah Owings The Diamondbacks have signed Micah Owings to a minor-league contract.

Owings, a right-hander, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2005 draft. Owings started 45 games for the Diamondbacks in 2007 and 2008, going 14-17 with a 4.97 ERA, before being traded to Cincinnati as part of the deal that sent Adam Dunn to Arizona.

In two seasons in Cincinnati, Owings was 10-14 with a 5.35 ERA in 19 starts and 48 total appearances. The Reds designated Owings for assignment in August and was granted free agency after the season.

Many feel Owings is a better fit as a full-time hitter. In 198 career plate appearances, Owings hit .293/.323/.538 with nine home runs -- good for a 117 career OPS+. Owings was a great hitter in college at Georgia Tech and Tulane, and could be a designated hitter, first baseman or corner outfielder.

UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweets that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Owings will work at first base during spring training in addition to working out of the bullpen.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:56 pm

Diamondbacks sign Owings

If Owings hits as well as he pitches he will be in minors picking up towels.  He is a hitting coach's nightmare.  He is a pitching coaches nightmare.
Good Luck

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:33 pm

Diamondbacks sign Owings

Owings is wasting away his talents as a hitter trying to live the dream of a pitcher...he needs to face reality does he want to continue to bounce around as a less than mediocre pitcher or continue to develop his hitting which he can become a better to average hitter and play out more years earning more money he could then continue bouncing around until he is out of baseball.

If he comes to his senses and tries hitting he is worth a look in fantasy but nothing more than organization depth as a pitcher.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Diamondbacks sign Owings

^ He's just mad b/c we beat his yankees in '01.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:05 pm

Diamondbacks sign Owings

Stupid D-Bums should play him at first base since they don`t have anyone else much better. Sorry franchise I hope you lose another 100 in 2011!

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