Tag:Diamondbacks
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 11:34 pm
 

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

By Matt Snyder

Utility player Willie Bloomquist may not be returning to the Diamondbacks for the 2012 season, in part due to a miscommunication between the Arizona front office and Bloomquist's agent, Scott Boras, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Bloomquist had stepped up and logged some very important innings for the Diamondbacks this season once they had lost starting shortstop Stephen Drew to injury. While he's hardly a star, Bloomquist's ability to play so many different positions is helpful. He hit .266/.317/.340 for the NL West champs and is currently a free agent. There was a mutual option on his contract, and the D-Backs chose to exercise that option. Bloomquist declined the option, making him a free agent. And that's where it becomes a bit of a he-said, he-said game.

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is reportedly frustrated that they haven't heard from Bloomquist or his agent since the declination, as Arizona expressed interest in bringing Bloomquist back by exercising its end of the option.

"I don't think it's up to us to lob a call," Towers said (AZcentral.com). "We exercised our end. We showed we wanted the player back. By exercising the option, we're pretty much saying, 'We'd like to have the player back.' By them declining, it's like, 'We don't want to come back at what you want us at.' Then, well, what do you want?"

Fair point.

Boras claims his side did try to contact the Diamondbacks, however. From AZcentral.com:
Boras said one of his assistants, Scott Chiamparino, called Diamondbacks assistant GM Billy Ryan the same day to confirm receipt of the letter and that Ryan said the team would be back in touch during the week.
Ryan reportedly did receive the letter, but had no idea about the phone call in question. Ryan also reportedly said he talked to Chiamparino on October 28 and was told that the D-Backs had some "significant" ground to make up in order to satisfy the contract demands of Bloomquist.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks did re-up with backup shortstop John McDonald.

"We knew we needed shortstop depth and we had two in-house guys that we had a comfort level with," Ryan said. "'Johnny Mac' was proactive about it and given the uncertainty with Willie, we moved forward with that."

The signing of McDonald makes it less urgent for the D-Backs to lock up Bloomquist, and they're reportedly more focused now on bringing back second baseman Aaron Hill. Not surprisingly, this movement didn't exactly endear the D-Backs to Boras, who was angry enough that he managed to get in a swipe at an innocent bystander (McDonald):

"Is it our duty to be in touch with them every hour on the hour so we know nobody else signed?" Boras said (AZcentral.com). "When you want someone, you go get them. We're not the employer. They offer the contracts and pay the money. We don't. It sounds to me like what happened is, they got upset when Willie opted out. They got emotional and they went out and signed a guy who hit .169."

There's definitely no reason to go after McDonald's batting average, considering his value is by being a superior defensive player, but that's beside the point here. The major takeaway is that Boras' statement is a contradiction to what Towers' expectations seemed to be in his above quote. Thus, unless lots of things change in the coming weeks, Bloomquist is headed elsewhere.

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Diamondbacks re-sign Henry Blanco

By Matt Snyder

Thursday was the first day free agents could talk to other organizations, but it was quiet overall. It makes sense, given it was just the first day they could even discuss anything and there's got to be a time to negotiate. Still, we did see two signings. The first was Juan Rivera re-signing with the Dodgers. The other? None other than backup catcher Henry Blanco, who re-signs with Arizona.

The D-Backs announced the move Thursday night, reporting they've given Blanco a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013. Blanco had previously declined his end of a mutual option for 2012. Blanco's new deal will pay him $1.2 million in '12 (Jon Heyman via Twitter).

Blanco, 40, hit .250/.330/.540 with eight home runs in 112 plate appearances in 2011, but he's not on the team for offense. He works really well with pitchers and teamed with Miguel Montero to lead the majors in throwing out 37.1 percent of opposing base-stealers.

So, yeah, it's been quite the heart-stopping day in free agency, no? Don't hold your breath waiting for a more exciting day Friday, but you never know.

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

By Matt Snyder

Coming off a season in which the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked pretty much everyone in the nation by winning the National League West, the D-Backs have done something not so shocking. General manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson have had their respective contracts extended through the 2014 season with club options for 2015 and 2016, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

"I really enjoyed watching the two of them work together," Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said (Piecoro). "Obviously I was pleased with the results from the first season. Kirk Gibson, in particular, proved that he is a major league manager, as prepared as any I've ever seen, and I felt they were both worthy of extension."

Towers, 49, took over the Diamondbacks in September of 2010 and did a great job in shoring up the ballclub, particularly the bullpen, last offseason.

Gibson, 54, was named the interim manager when A.J. Hinch was fired in July of 2010 and after the season Towers removed the interim label.

The Diamondbacks were one of the best stories in baseball in 2011 under Towers and Gibson. They had finished last in two consecutive seasons and were coming off a 97-loss debacle. But 2011 saw the D-Backs emerge in a big way, as they went 94-68, cruising to the NL West title. They then took the Brewers to the limit in the NLDS, losing on the final play of Game 5.

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Diamondbacks sign McDonald to two-year deal

McDonaldBy Evan Brunell

The Diamondbacks have reached a two-year agreement with utility infielder John McDonald, the team announced on Wednesday. McDonald will recieve $3 million total, split evenly over the two seasons.

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McDonald's signing likely means Arizona will wave sayonara to Willie Bloomquist, who was a utility infielder last season for the Diamondbacks, but started at shortstop following Stephen Drew's season-ending injury. McDonald has 13 full seasons in the majors, and less than two of these seasons were spent not as a member of the Indians or Blue Jays. McDonald came over from Toronto, whom he had played for since 2005, in an August deal along with Aaron Hill to shore up the infield defense.

McDonald should play the next two seasons in a backup role. He is known for his defense and is far from being a decent hitter. In fact, for Arizona, McDonald hit .169/.222/.203 as he swiped playing time from Bloomquist thanks to his ability to pick it. If he gets pressured into a starting role for 'Zona, you know things aren't going according to plan. But as a backup middle infielder, McDonald's defense gives the Diamondbacks one of the better options in the majors for such a role.

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

MLB reveals Silver Slugger winners

By Evan Brunell

Unlike Gold Glove voting every single year, winners of the Silver Slugger awards at least make sense. On Wednesday, the list of Silver Sluggers for 2011 was announced. Ryan Braun became the first outfielder since Barry Bonds (2000-04) to win four straight Silver Slugger awards when he was named to the honor as a left fielder.

Below you can view the full list of winners.

American League
C: Alex Avila, Tigers
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

National League

C: Brian McCann, Braves
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
P: Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

MLB reveals Silver Slugger winners

By Evan Brunell

Unlike Gold Glove voting every single year, winners of the Silver Slugger awards at least make sense. On Wednesday, the list of Silver Sluggers for 2011 was announced. Ryan Braun became the first outfielder since Barry Bonds (2000-04) to win four straight Silver Slugger awards when he was named to the honor as a left fielder.

Below you can view the full list of winners.

American League
C: Alex Avila, Tigers
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

National League

C: Brian McCann, Braves
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
P: Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

MLB reveals Silver Slugger winners

By Evan Brunell

Unlike Gold Glove voting every single year, winners of the Silver Slugger awards at least make sense. On Wednesday, the list of Silver Sluggers for 2011 was announced. Ryan Braun became the first outfielder since Barry Bonds (2000-04) to win four straight Silver Slugger awards when he was named to the honor as a left fielder.

Below you can view the full list of winners.

American League
C: Alex Avila, Tigers
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

National League

C: Brian McCann, Braves
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
P: Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

MLB reveals Silver Slugger winners

By Evan Brunell

Unlike Gold Glove voting every single year, winners of the Silver Slugger awards at least make sense. On Wednesday, the list of Silver Sluggers for 2011 was announced. Ryan Braun became the first outfielder since Barry Bonds (2000-04) to win four straight Silver Slugger awards when he was named to the honor as a left fielder.

Below you can view the full list of winners.

American League
C: Alex Avila, Tigers
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

National League

C: Brian McCann, Braves
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
P: Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

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