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D-Backs sign pitcher De La Rosa to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:47:17 PST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Baseball chief says Diamondbacks' Chase Field 'needs work' (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:22:58 PST

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred came down on the side of the Arizona Diamondbacks' ownership in the team's court battle over Chase Field. The Diamondbacks have sued Maricopa County, seeking to remove a clause from its stadium lease that prevents the team from looking to move elsewhere. The team contends in the lawsuit that the county has failed to allocate some $187 million for maintenance and improvements at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:17:43 PST

Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract. Union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017.

Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, but 2018 could be different (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:10:54 PST

Rob Manfred was not happy with the MLBPA on Tuesday. Rejoice, baseball purists, because the game isn’t going to change in 2017. Commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested a number of possible rule changes in recent weeks, but all of them were shot down by the MLB Players Association. Most of the rule changes were proposed with the idea of speeding up the game.

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:37:49 PST

Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, but he lost his control in the postseason. Ankiel pitched five innings and got the win against Arizona.

Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:40:56 PST

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge to start his career, hitting two homers in his major league debut and seven in the opening week.

This 41-year-old, ex-Cy Young winner is ready to make a comeback (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:46 PST

Eric Gagne hasn’t pitched in the majors the past eight seasons. New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra once summed up baseball by saying, “it ain’t over, ’til it’s over,” but we’re not sure this is what he meant. Despite not pitching in the majors since 2008, 41-year-old, former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne believes it’s time for a comeback.

Weekend Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:44:44 PST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins is sticking around New Orleans to help the Pelicans make a 25-game push for the playoffs.

Clark: Comments "unprofessional" on Betances arbitration (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:09:14 PST

On Saturday, New York Yankees President Randy Levine said Betances' representatives had ''over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality'' seeking a $5 million salary for 2017. The Yankees won Friday's hearing and are set to pay Betances $3 million for this season. ''There was a lot said,'' Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Sunday during his annual visit to the Cactus League in spring training.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:07:25 PST

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson expects to be sidelined two to three weeks due to a right calf strain. Donaldson admitted that he felt something grab his muscle while running sprints during a workout on Friday. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star underwent an MRI exam the following day and required the use of crutches while walking in the clubhouse on Sunday.

Dodgers send LHP Vidal Nuno to Orioles for prospect Moseley (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:15:30 PST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded veteran left-hander Vidal Nuno to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley.

'Here I come to save the day!' Eaton likes Mighty Mouse look (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:31:24 PST

Adam Eaton donned his ''go-to shirt'' - a gray T, with the words ''Mighty Mouse'' in red, and a sketch of the small-but-strong cartoon character who debuted in the 1940s - before and after the Washington Nationals' first full-squad workout of spring training on Sunday. The piece of casual clothing, purchased by his wife at a Nordstrom Rack, contains the nickname given to the 5-foot-8 Eaton in college at Miami (Ohio).

Robinson Cano optimistic about Mariners' season (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:20:07 PST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Robinson Cano's 13th major league season starts Sunday when the Seattle Mariners gather as a full squad for the first team workout of spring training, and the seven-time All-Star was all smiles after arriving at team headquarters.

Kendrick, Hall see opportunity for D-backs to bounce back (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:29:09 PST

After signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a $206.5 million, six-year contract, the Diamondbacks were expected by many to contend last season but instead quickly fell out of contention in the NL West and finished with 69 wins. ''Obviously there aren't those expectations this year, which I think is good for everybody,'' Kendrick said. The Diamondbacks project to have a payroll of about $102 million, Hall said, with the flexibility to spend a little more to bolster the squad if it does well.

Jimmy Rollins eager to prove himself, earn spot on Giants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:16:39 PST

Post-practice, Jimmy Rollins relaxed at his locker and added some orange shoelaces to his cleats, sharing with locker mate and San Francisco center fielder Denard Span how much he appreciates a pop of color in his baseball gear again. Now the veteran infielder just needs to land a long-term job with the Giants out of spring training. ''Last year was the first time I wore black,'' Rollins said, smiling.

Former Diamondbacks manager Hale at home with A's as coach (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:25:01 PST

The day in early October when Chip Hale lost his job as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he called his good friend Bob Melvin. The two go back many years in baseball - Hale was Melvin's third base coach in Arizona from 2007-09 and bench coach in Oakland from 2012-14 - and Hale considers Melvin his baseball coaching mentor.

Orioles eager to get started, forget about playoff loss (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:22:54 PST

The Baltimore Orioles have been eager to get back to work and forget about losing the wild-card game to the Toronto Blue Jays last October. As Baltimore took the field for its first full-squad workout most of the prominent names were present, except for shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose sore lower back has prevented him from working out. Manager Buck Showalter was planning on playing Manny Machado at shortstop in early spring games because Machado wants to be ready to play the position for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Giants add infielder Aaron Hill on minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:05:10 PST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Versatile infielder Aaron Hill has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and would get a $2 million, one-year deal if he is added to the 40-man roster.

New manager ready for D-backs workouts to start (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:35:33 PST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Torey Lovullo has his full squad together. The next step for the new Arizona Diamondbacks manager is to deliver a speech introducing himself.

Diamondbacks pitcher has good reason for not shaving since Halloween (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:06:01 PST

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley believes he’s solved the riddle that will bring him success in Major League Baseball. Speaking to the media at the Diamondbacks spring training facility this week, Bradley revealed that he hasn’t shaved since Oct. 31, a span that now covers 108 days.

Healthy Zack Greinke aims for better Year 2 in Arizona (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:55:07 PST

The 2016 season certainly wasn't what the Arizona Diamondbacks and Zack Greinke expected when the team signed him to a six-year, $206.5 million contract. Greinke knew it would be hard to duplicate the numbers from his magnificent 2015 season, when he went 19-3 with a 1.99 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hampered by injuries and on an Arizona team that quickly nosedived out of contention, Greinke went 13-7 with a 4.37 ERA.

High hopes as always in first spring training workouts (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PST

Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. Verlander's Tigers were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday. As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.

New Arizona GM touts rotation, expects 'bounce-back' year (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:48:17 PST

Starting pitching was a big part of the problem a year ago for an Arizona Diamondbacks team that entered with high expectations but nosedived to a 69-win season. ''I'm nobody that looks in the mirror, any of us coming off a 69-win team, doesn't want to look for some type of bounce-back,'' Hazen said. ''We see him as a big piece of this ball club moving forward,'' Hazen said.

Stroman, McHugh, Odorizzi win; Wacha, Anderson, Walker lose (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi, Houston's Collin McHugh and Toronto's Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis' Michael Wacha, Milwaukee's Chase Anderson and Arizona's Taijuan Walker lost.

New D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:30 PST

New Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach and former longtime Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer. The 59-year-old Gardenhire revealed the diagnosis in a meeting with reporters on Tuesday, saying it was the only time he would talk publicly about the subject this spring. Gardenhire said he received the diagnosis about a week ago after tests in Minnesota and would undergo surgery to remove the prostate gland, probably the second week in April.

Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:39 PST

Ron Gardenhire, the former Minnesota Twins manager who is starting his new job as Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach this week, has prostate cancer. The Diamondbacks announced it on Tuesday, and released an incredibly supportive statement that contained words from Gardenhire’s colleagues and the man himself. #Dbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Diamondbacks report with essentially same team as in 2016 (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:32:34 PST

The Arizona Diamondbacks reported to spring training on Monday with a roster pretty similar to the one from last season. With new general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo at the helm, the Diamondbacks are planning to give their young players another shot to turn the organization around. Arizona has been in a rut since winning the NL West in 2011, a downward spiral that culminated with a 69-93 season in 2016.

Hot Stove Digest: Travis Wood signs two-year deal with Royals (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:35:30 PST

BRING HIM IN: The Kansas City Royals have signed pitcher Travis Wood to a two-year deal. By most rankings, Wood was the best pitcher left on the market. After posting a 2.95 ERA over 61 innings with the Chicago Cubs, Wood ranked as the 38th best player on the market this winter according to our own Jeff Passan. Travis Wood will get a chance to start again with the Royals.

Jake Odorizzi, Michael Wacha go to arbitration (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:54 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.