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Updated: 2017-12-16T11:00:03-05:00

 



Why a Zack Greinke trade to the Yankees that includes Jacoby Ellsbury in the return doesn’t make sense for the Diamondbacks now

2017-12-16T11:00:03-05:00

It’s time to pour buckets of water on this hot rumor. One of the bigger story lines to develop from the Winter Meetings was teams calling the Diamondbacks about Zack Greinke. Greinke’s contract is certainly a long term problem for the Diamondbacks given Greinke’s age and the limited payroll the team has to operate with. Greinke’s $34.4M per season is roughly about 30% of the team’s projected $115M Opening Day payroll, which previously wasn’t a big deal because most of the core of the team wasn’t in their arbitration seasons. Trading Greinke and offloading his salary does create some flexibility for the Diamondbacks to make moves, but at the same time is it worth it just to dump the contract for little to no return back? My answer to that question is no. One of the rumors floating around the trade deadline was a potential trade that would have sent Greinke to the Yankees. Rumored to be part of the Yankees offer was including Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yankees signed Ellsbury to a 7-year, $153M contract back in 2014 and the Yankees are severely underwater with the contract with Ellsbury pushed out of a starting role with prospect Clint Frazier arriving to the big leagues and the Yankees most recent acquisition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. With superior outfielders on the roster in Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, Ellsbury doesn’t really have a job with the Yankees which is why they’re trying to move him. Ellsbury does have some connections with the Diamondbacks, with GM Mike Hazen working in the Red Sox front office when Ellsbury was there and Ellsbury owning a home in Arizona. On the surface this looks like a pretty solid deal for Arizona. The Diamondbacks can dump Greinke’s salary while acquiring an outfielder who’s a sure bet to be better than Yasmany Tomas in left field in addition to potentially other pieces to help the team in the short and long term. The Diamondbacks certainly have an ace in the making with lefty Robbie Ray while Taijuan Walker and Zack Godley are ready to take that next step to form a solid 1-2-3 at the top of the rotation. However, I don’t think it’s a deal the Diamondbacks can necessarily agree to make unless they have really pessimistic projections for Greinke in 2018 and beyond. The Diamondbacks still have $126.5M left on the books for Greinke, including $62.5M in deferred salary that they’ll pay Greinke in 2022-2026. A trade will also mean the Diamondbacks pay Greinke a $2M assignment bonus. It won’t be an easy contract for the Diamondbacks to move unless they eat some of money on the contract or take on another bad contract as part of the return. The Rangers originally offered the Dbacks to take on Shin-Soo Choo, which pretty much ended negotiations between the two teams. The Yankees have also requested the Diamondbacks take on a similarly bad contract with Jacoby Ellsbury, who’s a slightly better player than both Choo and Tomas. Ellsbury is owed at least $68.3M ($63.3M in salary, $5M buyout to a $21M club option in 2021) through the 2020 season, which is why the Diamondbacks haven’t been too interested in pulling the trigger on the deal. Looking at the baseball side of things, I have Greinke projected to 3-4 WAR on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Ellsbury I have projected to be 1-2 WAR in the outfield, although he would move to left field in 2018 given the team already has a better player in CF in the form of A.J. Pollock. That leaves the team trying to close the 2 WAR gap in part of the trade. Even if the Diamondbacks ultimately get every penny of Greinke’s contract off the books in this deal, the team only saves about $12.5M in 2018-2020 and I expect in an actual trade that number to be less. That’s before calculating the salaries of the players coming back in the deal, unless the rest of the players in the return are all prospects. The team could invest that $12.5M into a starter in the free agent market, but $12.5M per year won’t buy a starting pitcher at Greinke’s level either. The Diamondbacks should still continue to [...]



2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Game of the Year: Opening Day

2017-12-15T19:00:02-05:00

It didn’t take long for the Game of the Year to show up. It was the very first one played by Arizona this season. This perhaps counts as a bit of a surprise. I think quite a few people - myself included - expected this category to go to the 13-0 demolition job of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. That included the best hitting performance of the year, in J.D. Martinez’s four home-run game, and arguably the best pitching performance as well, Robbie Ray striking out 14 over 7.2 scoreless innings and flirting with a no-hitter. But it was likely not as dramatic as the Opening Day contest at Chase Field, where the never-say-Diamondbacks were born. They clawed their way back from three separate deficits, to snatch a thrilling walk-off victory, and edged the Dodgers’ game in this poll 37-34%. There’s no denying, this game had everything - I mean, how often does a pitcher hit two home-runs... and still end up on the losing side? It didn’t look like it would be the case for a long while here. Madison Bumgarner retired the first 16 Diamondbacks he faced, and was 3-0 up, to that point, as Zack Greinke had been... Well, better than he had been on Opening Day 2016, but still not good, let’s be honest. Would any D-back step up and the perfecto? If you called Jeff Mathis... congratulations. Oh, and he did it with a triple. Nick Ahmed followed with an RBI single, and A.J. Pollock homered. MadBum went from perfection and a three-run lead to a no-decision in five pitches. This game was just warming up. Bumgarner’s second homer, off Andrew Chafin, immediately gave the Giants the lead back, but a Paul Goldschmidt RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, tied the game back up at 4-4. That set the stage for the Arizona Diamondbacks debut of new closer, aspiring archer and crooked cap wearer, Fernando Rodney. His first appearance - indeed, his first batter - did not go as hoped, a leadoff triple coming in to score the go-ahead run for San Francisco on a sacrifice fly. Rodney then loaded the bases with one out, before getting a shallow fly off the bat of St. Posey, and a groundout ended the inning. But the damage had been done. Brandon Drury and David Peralta went down meekly, and we were down to our final out, with a win probabilty of just 5.4%. But Mathis came through again, in the darkest hour, doubling before being replaced by a pinch-runner. Daniel Descalso delivered a game-tying RBI single, then A.J. Pollock got his third hit of the game to put runners on the corners. And Chris Owings got the biggest blow of all, getting the Diamondbacks’ fourth consecutive hit with two outs in the ninth inning, just over the Giants’ infield. Descalso crossed home-plate to send the sell-out crowd of 49,016 into delirium, and give Arizona their first ever walk-off win on any MLB Opening Day. Finally, to answer my own earlier question, Bumgarner was the first pitcher to homer twice in a game his team lost since Jim Rooker in July 1969. It was that kind of day... Here’s the 20-minute condensed version of the game. src="https://www.mlb.com/video/share/4217-cg-sfari/c-1254666083" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Previous winners 2006: Webb 1-hits the Cards, 9/9 vs. STL 2007: Comeback vs the Pirates, 5/19 vs. PIT 2008: Matinee miracle, 7/3 vs. MIL 2009: The game without end, 6/7 vs. SDP 2010: Your Arizona Diamondback-to-back-to-back-to-backs, 8/11 vs. MIL 2011: 10th-inning resurrection, 9/27 vs. LAD 2012: Comeback from six down, 4/8 vs. SFG 2013: 16-inning marathon, 4/3 vs. STL 2014: Killing Kershaw, 5/17 vs. LAD 2015: Archie Bradley debut vs LAD, crushing Kershaw, 4/11 vs. LAD 2016: Slaying Thor, 8/11 vs. NYM [...]



Arizona Diamondbacks 20th Anniversary Team: Right-Handed Starting Pitchers

2017-12-15T14:00:02-05:00

It’s been 20 years of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball and now is the time to honor that milestone. During the dead time between the end of the winter meetings and the Christmas holidays, to pass the time I have decided that the AZ Snake Pit community do their part in selecting the 20th anniversary team. This is how it’s going to work: There will be 2-4 candidates at each position to choose from. Each position includes RH starting pitcher, LH starting pitcher, catcher, 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, shortstop, 3rd baseman, left field, center field, right field, and closer. I will outline the candidacy of each player on the ballot in the post leading up to the poll on the bottom. Some positions you can probably just skip to the poll given the answer being rather obvious. You only have 24 hours to vote after the last article posts. This is done for the sake of speed. After the 11 spots are taken care of a Google form will be posted as the last article for you to pick the final 14 players on the roster. Let’s begin with voting Right-Handed Starters. Curt Schilling: Acquired by the Diamondbacks at the 2000 trade deadline, Schilling combined with Randy Johnson to form one of the best duos in baseball history. Schilling was one of the best command and control pitchers in baseball history, although in his 3 1⁄2 seasons in Arizona he ended up finishing 2nd in the Cy Young award to his teammate in 2001 and 2002. He was an instrumental pitcher for the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series championship, starting Game 5 of the NLDS as well as Games 1, 4, and 7 of the World Series where Schilling shut down the Yankees for 4 runs in 21 1⁄3 innings. Brandon Webb: Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 2000 Draft, the big bodied sinker baller from Kentucky turned into one of the most dominant ground ball pitchers in baseball history. His sinker had unnatural movement, with many batters unable to do anything but beat the ball into the ground. Webb was a 3-time All-Star and the only pitcher not named Randy Johnson to win a Cy Young award as a Diamondback. If not for a shoulder injury that effectively ended his career in 2009, Webb would be the clear runaway favorite. All of Webb’s MLB appearances came as a Diamondback. Dan Haren: The Diamondbacks picked up Haren in the 2007 Winter Meetings and helped to form a formidable 1-2 punch with Webb for the good part of 2008. Haren was another control specialist, although not as dominant as Schilling. Haren was a 2-time All-Star in the only two full seasons he pitched in Arizona. The Dbacks traded Haren at the 2010 deadline and are still benefitting from that deal with Patrick Corbin still providing a lot of value for the Diamondbacks. Haren has since retired and is helping the Dbacks win by helping with game planning against opponents. Zack Greinke: I’ll add Greinke as a recency bias candidate although I don’t expect him to be in the running at the 25th anniversary team due to another pitcher named Zack G. The Diamondbacks signed Greinke to a record-breaking contract by franchise history standards and MLB history in terms of average. A first season ended with disappointment and injuries. A second ended with Greinke pitching at an All-Star level and helping the Diamondbacks reach the postseason for the first time since 2011. Greinke is slated to be on the 2018 team unless a trade offer the Diamondbacks front office can’t refuse materializes in the coming days. [...]



Snake Bytes, 12/15: Not a creature was stirring...

2017-12-15T10:00:05-05:00

Ss far as the Diamondbacks were concerned, the winter meetings in Orlando ended with no real action. Team news [AZ Central] Diamondbacks hopeful after 'quiet' winter meetings - “It wasn’t quiet at all underneath the surface, which is encouraging that things will still get done,” Hazen said. “The fear is leaving here and the urgency of being in a hotel for four days (is lost) heading into the holidays, but we’re going to still stay aggressive. We’re going to still try and make things happen.” They did not have an offer out to Fernando Rodney... Corbin is still the more likely starter to move. A source with a rival club said this week the Diamondbacks seem willing to listen on any of their infielders other than Ketel Marte. [NJ.com] Yankees, Diamondbacks talk Jacoby Ellsbury trade, source says - The Yankees and Diamondbacks have engaged in trade talks recently, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was among the various names that were tossed around. But Arizona didn't show strong interest in the 34-year-old, the source said, though nothing is believed to be off the table. Ellsbury, who has a full no-trade clause, is due $63 million over the last three years of his contract and has a $5 million buyout for the 2021 season. The source said the Diamondbacks particularly weren't thrilled with money attached to Ellsbury, who figures to be the Yankees' fifth outfielder next season. [Yahoo] Three reasons the D-Backs would consider trading Zack Greinke - There’s a thought that dealing Greinke will allow the Diamondbacks to pick up two or three free agents who will help the team in multiple areas. On the surface, it’s not a bad plan. They can sign a veteran innings-eater for the rotation. They can search for another hitter to strengthen the bottom of the order. If they believe hitting is the bigger priority, maybe they take a run at J.D. Martinez and hope he comes a little cheaper than $34 million a year. This sounds great in theory, but it’s dependent on a lot of factors. [FanRag] Why would Diamondbacks want to trade ace Zack Greinke? - The rosy answer to “why trade Greinke,” then, is to make an impact just as big in a non-pitching realm: using the savings to re-sign J.D. Martinez. While that’s a compelling thought line for the story, it means the Diamondbacks would be trading a certain thing for a maybe. Generally speaking, you don’t ever want to do that. You lose the certain thing, and at least some of the time, you lose the maybe too. In the end, it’ll probably come down to the deal. [Baseball Essential] Trading Zach Greinke to Re-Sign J.D. Martinez Would Be Foolish by Diamondbacks - Before the Diamondbacks went out and acquired Martinez, they were already in the Wild Card mix. While his addition certainly didn’t hurt the Diamondbacks, it wasn’t as if they were in dire need to acquire him. In fact, had they not made the move for Martinez, chances are they still would’ve been a Wild Card team. Greinke has been one of the most dominant and reliable arms of the decade. Now back to pitching like the ace of old, trading him to re-sign Martinez would be bizarre. And finally in this section, something from the “O RLY?” section. The Diamondbacks have checked in on Machado conversations. White Sox, Cardinals have best offers so far.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 14, 2017 And, elsewhere... [Arizona Sports] Closer Fernando Rodney to sign with Twins - The Arizona Diamondbacks will begin searching for a new closer, as 40-year-old Fernando Rodney has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Twins, according to multiple reports. Sirius XM’s Craig Mish was first to report Rodney’s agreement and added that it will be worth one year and up to $6 million, including incentives. The move is pending a physical. [Sporting News] Red Sox working on massive counter to answer Yankees - Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees was a punch in the gut to all of the American League, but it was especially impactful on t[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Top 50: Starting pitchers

2017-12-14T23:00:02-05:00

You voted, we counted. Again. :) Earlier in the week, we asked you to decide which starting pitchers should qualify for our upcoming All-Time Arizona Diamondbacks Top 50. We provided 33 names, and asked you to select half of them to move into the ranking phase. Voting has now closed, and it was an interesting contrast to the position player results. In the latter, not one of the 50 players nominated was chosen on every ballot. Here, we had five of the 33 listed by everyone, and a further three were missing only once. As with the position players, however, full results will not be provided, to avoid possibly contaminating the ranking phase. We will, instead, break down the results into various bands, and list the players in each category alphabetically. The Unanimous and near-unanimous (over 95%) Miguel Batista Zack Greinke Dan Haren Randy Johnson Ian Kennedy Curt Schilling Brandon Webb Robbie Ray Batista is probably the name which stands out here. For much of his time with Arizona (2001-03, and then back again in 2006), he was overshadowed by the big two of Schilling and Johnson. But over those four years, he had an ERA+ of 117, and averaged over 180 innings a year, even though he was a reliever for much of the first half in 2001. Let’s not forget he also had a better ERA in the 2001 World Series than RJ or Curt, tossing 7.2 shutout innings in Game 5, then providing the bridge between Schilling and Johnson in Game 7. Yeah, he deserves his spot in the top tier, I’d say. Also probably qualifying (36-95%) Brian Anderson Archie Bradley Josh Collmenter Patrick Corbin Doug Davis Zack Godley Wade Miley Micah Owings *Omar Daal There’s a sharp drop-off in support from the highest tier, and the top-heavy nature of the voting there, means we have to go quite a way down to find the 16th starting pitcher, who is definitely qualified. Indeed, there was a tie for that final guaranteed spot, between Godley and Daal. I gave it to Godley, on the basis of him still having a good chance to add to his value going forward. Daal goes into the “wild-card” game - hence the asterisk! - where he will face off against the 9th-placed (thus highest non-automatic qualifier) relief pitcher. Whoever receives the highest percentage of mentions will become the 25th and last pitcher to move on to the rankings. Honorable mentions (10-35%) Chase Anderson Andy Benes Livan Hernandez Joe Saunders Max Scherzer Todd Stottlemyre Taijuan Walker This section contains a number of pitchers with long and/or successful career, but who only stayed in Arizona for a small fraction of time. Hernandez is a good example, spending less than a season and a half of his 17 MLB years with the Diamondbacks. Benes (two seasons of 14), Saunders and Stottlemyre also fall into that category - and it seems likely that Scherzer and Anderson will eventually do so as well. Walker is the exception here, and we’ll see what the future brings for him: maybe he’ll make it come the 30th anniversary All-time Team... Thanks for showing up (less than 10%) Trevor Cahill Elmer Dessens Jon Garland Rick Helling Albie Lopez Vidal Nuno Armando Reynoso Claudio Vargas Javier Vazquez Another clear gap separated the above. These are the players who should remember, it’s an honor simply to be nominated. They failed to trouble the ballots of most voters - though, that said, all but one of them did receive at least one vote. [I will spare the blushes of the pitcher who was entirely unloved, and withhold his name!] There are a number of trivia questions to be found here: you might forget Lopez getting a World Series decision in 2001, or Nuno managing the remarkable feat of starting 14 games for Arizona in his career here, without getting a single W. Indeed, with a 5-21 record, his career W% is the lowest by any pitcher with 25+ decisions since 1961. Anyway, the above reveal the 16 (plus maybe or maybe not Daal) who will move on to the next phase. We’ll finish the[...]



Winter Meetings Recap: Dbacks play the slow and steady game

2017-12-14T16:00:02-05:00

Dbacks playing the slow and cautious route, waiting for deals that they like. In what might be one of the more quieter Winter Meetings I’ve seen, the Diamondbacks didn’t really do much over the week. The team was linked to various rumors, but trade talks never really got serious and the team is displaying a cautious approach overall. So far it looks like the team will mostly look to improve at the margins and the bottom half of the roster, but a big trade could always surface later. INF Chris Owings to play super utility role The Diamondbacks infielder has had his share of misfortune in his MLB career since coming up as a shortstop prospect in 2013. Once a promising shortstop prospect, Owings has struggled with injuries in every season at the MLB level. Over that time period, other players have stepped up and pushed him out of a starting role. With Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury entrenched as the starting middle infielders along with Nick Ahmed in the mix, there wasn’t any playing time for Owings at either middle infield spot. He has experience in center field and right field, so a move is very possible. At the same time, Owings doesn’t have positive platoon splits against LHP in his career (73 wRC+ vs. LHP, 78 vs. RHP) although that production is an upgrade over LHHs Jake Lamb (47) and David Peralta (73). Perhaps they can play him in RF vs. RHP and at 3B vs. LHP. Patrick Corbin gained interest, nothing materialized With one year of team control left and at a $8M price tag for an above average starter coming off a 189 inning season I figured Corbin would be at least shopped. The Dbacks got calls for Corbin, with the Yankees being the one team was obviously linked, but nothing materialized yet. I still expect teams to keep tabs on if the Dbacks plan to trade Corbin, who is arguably the best trade chip the team currently has. Rangers, Phillies, Yankees, and a Mystery Team called about Greinke’s availability With teams looking for a way to improve their rotation, they were going to naturally ask of Greinke’s availability. The Dbacks do have a potential contract problem with Greinke moving forward, but they’re not in a rush to offload the contract. Personally I think Greinke has 1-2 more years of pitching at a high level and another couple pitching at an above average starting level, but the season his play severely declines the team is underwater with the contract. The Rangers were the first reported team, but that trade idea was shot down when the Rangers wanted to do a swap of bad contracts for Shin-Soo Choo. The Phillies, Yankees, and the unidentified 4th team are still talking with the Dbacks over a potential trade. Dbacks showed interest in relievers Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Rodney The Diamondbacks ultimately were linked to Kintzler and Rodney, but both ended up signing with other teams. Kintzler re-upped with the Nationals on a 2-year deal and Rodney a 1-year deal with the Twins. The team did trade for Brad Boxberger, who does have closing experience in 2015, so the team could slot him in the 9th inning role. Archie Bradley is another candidate to close, although that limits the way that Lovullo can manage games when his best reliever is pigeonholed for the 9th inning. Dbacks lose prospect Victor Reyes (OF) and Brad Keller (RH starter) in Rule V Draft, select former Giants RHP Albert Suarez: Losing Reyes (1st pick in draft) hurts more than Keller, although both players were ahead of the age curve for AA. Reyes had a so-so season followed up by a strong fall league performance. Reyes still has untapped potential although he’s produced above average numbers at the plate for 3 consecutive years in the Diamondbacks organization. Reyes likely had the floor of a 4th OF type who can play all 3 spots well enough defensively to possibly a starter as a ceiling at the MLB level. With the Diamondbacks short on outfield depth, that has to be a bitter pill to swall[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks select Albert Suarez, lose two in Rule 5 draft

2017-12-14T15:15:29-05:00

A possibly useful bullpen piece was taken from the Giants in this morning’s Rule 5 draft. It was a case of “win some, lose some” for the Diamondbacks in this morning’s Rule 5 draft. The team did pick up relief pitcher Albert Suarez from the San Francisco Giants. But they also lost two prospects in the first five picks. OF Victor Reyes went to the Tigers, and pitcher Brad Keller to the Reds, then was immediately traded to the Royals. Let’s start with Suarez, who has a surprising amount of major-league experience for a Rule 5 pick, having thrown 115.2 innings for San Francisco since making his debut for them in May 2016. While the raw ERA in 2017 wasn’t great - last season, it was 5.12 - Suarez had good peripherals, with a K:BB of 34:11 in 31.2 innings of work. He could fill a role as a long reliever for the Diamondbacks, since 13 of his 18 appearances for the Giants were for more than one inning of work. He started a dozen games for San Francisco in 2016, and is also working in that role this winter, for Caracas in the Venezuelan League. Suarez will only cost the Diamondbacks $100,000, which is quite a bargain, compared to the high price of relief pitching this winter. There is, however, a catch, as with all Rule 5 draft picks. He must remain on Arizona’s active 25-man roster (or DL) for the entire season, or be offered back to his original club for half the price paid. There can be no optioning to Triple-A for him, and history shows us that being returned is the most common fate for Rule 5 picks. Few manage to stick on the roster for the entire year, and even fewer go on to achieve long-term success - Dan Uggla, a Rule 5 pick by the Marlins from the D-backs, who became an All-Star, is a rare exception. The same goes for the two players lost by Arizona in the draft: they are both considerably lower in the system than Suarez, so perhaps have even smaller odds of sticking. Though neither the Tigers nor Royals had winning records last season, so the players might hang around long enough to be retained. Once that first season is over, the player belongs to the new club without any further conditions, and can then be optioned as appropriate for his service time, etc. The 23-year-old Reyes was acquired from Atlanta in the Trevor Cahill dump. Reyes spent all of last season at Double-A Jackson, hitting .292/.332/.399 for a .731 OPS, and a K:BB of 80:27. He then hit .316 and turned some heads in his time with the Salt River Rafters, in the Arizona Fall League. The Tigers outfield appears to be fairly well-set at this point, but injury could open the door for Victor to stick around: otherwise, he would be a fourth outfielder, though faces some competition even for that position on their roster Keller was originally an eighth round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2013, out of high-school, so is still only 22 years old. He was a team-mate of Reyes’s in Jackson, and was a regular part of their rotation, starting 26 games. He went 10-9, with a 4.68 ERA, and a K:BB of 111:57 in 130.2 innings of work. The Royals were a bit of a surprising suitor for Keller. Having only finished one game below .500 this season, they don’t appear to be in full-on rebuild mode, but picked up both our pitcher, and another Rule 5 pick today. [Still fewer than the Padres did last year though!] In the Triple-A phase of the draft, the D-backs lost catchers B.J. Lopez to the Marlins, and Tyler Baker to the Mariners, as well as OF Jean Selmo and RHP Kaleb Fleck. But they picked up CF Jay Gonzalez from the Orioles, and LHP Lane Ratliff from the Mariners. [...]



Snake Bytes 12/13: Deal or No Deal? 2017 MLB Winter Meetings Day 4 Open Thread

2017-12-14T09:00:06-05:00

There have been no actual moves out of the winter meetings for the D-backs. Will the last day bring any change? The last day of the winter meetings is highlighted by the Rule 5 draft, in which teams can pick unprotected players from other franchises. The catch is, in order to keep them, they have to stay on the selecting club’s 25-man roster the whole year. This is how the D-backs got catcher Oscar Hernandez, though he spent a lot of his selection season on the DL. That starts at 7am Arizona, so will be getting under way shortly. We’ll have a recap on any gains and losses for the Diamondbacks at lunchtime. Team news [AZ Central] Diamondbacks remain stagnant at winter meetings - The Diamondbacks passed another day at the winter meetings with more talk and still no action. They do not seem to mind playing the waiting game, even as they appear to be discussing a variety of scenarios. Hazen acknowledged the possibility the Diamondbacks might depart the meetings after Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft without any tangible results after several days filled with discussions. “Something could happen – quickly – if it came together,” he said. “But we’re not anticipating that right now.” [KGUN9] Diamondbacks president downplays mounting Zack Greinke trade rumors - "It's a lot of rumors," Hall told ABC15's Jason Snavely at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon in Scottsdale on Wednesday. "I think any time you have Zack Greinke on your roster, teams are going to ask about him and if he's available, and I think that's more of what has happened, so word gets out. We'll meet with the other 29 teams as we have and go over every player on every roster. So, I think it slips out that you're asked about a player or you talk about a player, so they assume a deal is going to get done, and that's not the case here." [Arizona Sports] D-backs' Zack Greinke, Brandon Drury come up in Winter Meetings rumors - “The Rangers inquired about everybody, including Greinke,” [Bob] Nightengale said Wednesday while visiting Doug & Wolf. “They wanted the Diamondbacks to eat some of that salary and also they wouldn’t get any prospects back in return. That’s not happening. I think (the Rangers) probably pivot or try to get another Diamondback starter, whether it’s Patrick Corbin or someone else. They’re trying to get Greinke as a freebie. (The D-backs) at least confirmed it, but they weren’t the team spreading that rumor. That came out of Texas.” [MLB] D-backs hear from Yanks on Drury, Corbin - A free-agent signing seems more likely than a trade before Thursday given that the D-backs currently have offers out to relief pitchers. The D-backs are still in the mix for trades, with rumors involving them picking up Wednesday. In addition to talking to the Yankees about lefty Patrick Corbin, the two teams have also discussed infielder Brandon Drury, according to a New York Post report confirmed by MLB.com. According to a source, the D-backs have also been engaged by more than just the Rangers about ace pitcher Zack Greinke, though it doesn't seem like those discussions have had a lot of traction. [Fanrag] Yankees and Phillies inquired about Zack Greinke - Given that they have little-to-no money on the books in future seasons, [Philadelphia] make sense as a possible Greinke suitor, but a match is highly unlikely. Talks were “over quickly,” the source said. In discussions with New York, the Yankees also asked about infielder Brandon Drury, league sources say. The likelihood of a Drury-to-Yankees deal is unknown, but Greinke is unlikely to end up in the Bronx. Barring a late change, “he won’t go there.” Teams asked about Greinke hoping that with his large contract, the Diamondbacks would give him up for cheap. However, that hasn’t been the case. Arizona is looking for value in return for the veteran [...]