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Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:54 pm
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Spring primer: Arizona Diamondbacks

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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers didn't rest on the team's unexpected division title, adding Trevor Cahill to an already strong rotation, anchored by Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson. Arizona also added outfielder Jason Kubel to a two-year, $16 million deal to help out the offense. The Diamondbacks surprised everyone in 2011, but it's safe to say they won't sneak up on anyone in 2012.

Major additions: OF Jason Kubel, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Takashi Saito, LHP Craig Breslow
Major departures: RHP Jason Marquis

Probable lineup
1. Stephen Drew SS
2. Aaron Hill 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Miguel Montero C
5. Chris Young CF
6. Jason Kubel LF
7. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
8. Ryan Roberts 3B

Probable rotation
1. Ian Kennedy
2. Daniel Hudson
3. Trevor Cahill
4. Joe Saunders
5. Josh Collmenter

Back-end bullpen
Closer: J.J. Putz
Set-up: David Hernandez, Brad Ziegler, Takashi Saito

Important bench players
OF Gerrardo Parra, UTIL Willie Bloomquist, 1B Lyle Overbay

Prospect to watch
The Diamondbacks traded right-handed starter Jarrod Parker, named the team's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America before the 2011 season, to Oakland in exchange for Cahill. While top-flight pitching prospects don't grow on trees, it may seem like it in Arizona. With two top-10 picks in last season's draft, Arizona took two right-handed power arms in Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley. Those two, along with lefty Tyler Skaggs, give the Diamondbacks perhaps the best trio of pitching prospects in the game. Of the three, Bauer is the one expected to contribute the soonest. The right-hander was the second overall pick in the draft out of UCLA, won the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur players in the country. While he can throw up to 98 mph, his curveball is his best pitch. The Diamondbacks thought about bringing him up for the stretch run last season, but he stayed in the minors, where he made seven starts. While his ERA wasn't pretty (5.96), he did strike out 43 batters in 25 2/3 innings.

Fantasy sleeper: Jason Kubel
"[The Diamondbacks] play in a hitter's park, much like the Metrodome, and recognize that a 29-year-old like Kubel is still young enough to salvage whatever he lost to expansive Target Field. Given his improvement against left-handed pitchers last year, a full season of at-bats could feasibly return Kubel to the 25-homer range. It's a reasonable enough possibility that he's worth a late-round flier in mixed leagues." -- Scott White [Full Diamondbacks fantasy preview]

Fantasy bust: Ryan Roberts
"You can't overlook the fact that his breakout season hinged on an unsustainably hot April in which he hit .313 with a 1.007 OPS. He hit .239 the rest of the way. Power and speed numbers aside, if his batting average is lagging right out of the gate, the Diamondbacks have little reason to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's already 31. It's not like he's any sort of building block. With higher-upside third basemen like Ryan Wheeler and Matt Davidson quickly rising through the minor-league system, Roberts is on a shorter leash than his ranking would have you believe." -- Scott White [Full Diamondbacks fantasy preview]

Optimistic outlook
After last season, how can you look at the Diamondbacks as anything other than a World Series contender? With Kennedy and Hudson continuing their development and solidifying themselves as legitimate top-of-the-rotation starters, plus Cahill and a Saunders that appears to have figured some things out, the pitching takes the Diamondbacks to an easy division title.

Pessimistic outlook
Last year proves to be an aberration, with all the pitchers taking a step back. Meanwhile, Drew never seems to recover from his injury, meaning a full season of Bloomquist and John McDonald at shortstop. It worked for a while last season, but it's unlikely to work again. Hill plays like he did in Toronto, as opposed to the way he played in the desert. With the offense and pitching struggling, the Diamondbacks could fall behind not just the Giants and Rockies, but also the Dodgers.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Jason Marquis signs with Twins

By Matt Snyder

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with free agent starting pitcher Jason Marquis. He has signed a one-year, $3 million contract, the Twins announced Thursday afternoon in a press release.

Marquis, 33, will be joining his seventh team in 13 big-league seasons. He went 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 132 innings last season for the Nationals and Diamondbacks. He was a trade-deadline acquisition by the NL West champion Diamondbacks last summer, but a line drive fractured his right fibula and ended his season August 16.

FREE AGENT TRACKER

Marquis was an All-Star for Colorado in 2009 and has pitched in five different postseasons -- for the Braves, Cardinals (twice), Cubs and Rockies, respectively. He has pitched in at least 190 innings in five of the last eight seasons.

He appears to fit at the back-end of the Twins' rotation, with Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano being counted on as the top three. That leaves Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak and Marquis for two spots. The best guess is Duensing heads to the bullpen and Marquis will almost certainly be the No. 4 starter.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:22 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 94-68, 1st place NL West. Lost to Brewers 3 games to 2 in NLDS
Manager: Kirk Gibson
Best hitter: Justin Upton -- ..289/.369/.529 with 31 HR, 88 RBI, 21 SB
Best pitcher: Ian Kennedy -- 21-4, 222 IP, 33 GS, 2.88 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, 198 SO, 55 BB

2011 SEASON RECAP

Nobody expected much from the Diamondbacks and even when they did surprise by leading the National League West, nobody thought they could hold off the Giants. Not only did they hold off the defending champs, they left them in the dust. The Diamondbacks were ruthless in making decisions early in the season, demoting or just flat-out getting rid of players that didn't produce, like Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, Wade Miley and Russell Branyan. The Diamondbacks won 16 of 18 in late August and early September, while Ian Kennedy became a legitimate Cy Young candidate. The team also discovered it has the makings of a stout rotation with Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter. They even survived the season-ending injury to Stephen Drew, winning despite his absence.

2012 AUDIT

The Diamondbacks are in a pretty good situation. So it seems they have some good, young talent that's not going to cost too much -- something that's very important to the Diamondbacks' front office. The team that they have should only get better and develop. There are small spots to fill, but nothing huge. And with Stephen Drew coming back, the team should be even better than they were in the playoffs.

FREE AGENTS

RHP Jason Marquis
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Aaron Hill ($8 team option)
LHP Zach Duke ($5.5 team option)
OF Xavier Nady
SS John McDonald
C Henry Blanco ($1.5 mutual option)UTIL Willie Boomquist ($1.1 mutual option)

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Remember last offseason when the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Justin Upton? Don't do that.
  • Hill was acquired in a change-of-scenry trade with the Blue Jays in August and it seemed to work for both teams. Hill played well for the Diamondbacks -- but not $8 million well. The team should decline his option, but see if he'd entertain an offer for less. The other side of that trade, Kelly Johnson, talked about returning at a discounted price. If Hill's not interested in coming back on the cheap, Johnson may be.
  • The team could upgrade in left field, but that's not a pressing need. And even if it were, there's not a lot of money to spend on the likes of Josh Willingham. There should be enough on the non-tender scrap pile to bring in competition for the spring and push Gerardo Parra.
  • There's a lot of talk about the White Sox trying to trade Carlos Quentin -- at least listen and see how desperate they are to get rid of him. If they take the bulk of his contract, he wouldn't be a bad fit to put in left.
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Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Marquis hits DL, likely out for season

By Matt Snyder

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they've placed starting pitcher Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. Wade Miley has been recalled from Triple-A Reno to take his place. Marquis suffered the fracture during his last start -- Sunday against the Mets -- when an Angel Pagan line drive struck him on the lower leg.

Initial reports from Arizona had Marquis as likely to miss the rest of the 2011 season.

"It is what it is. I'm going to do everything in my power to heal up as fast as I can and listen to the training staff, and hopefully I'd like to be back to help this team in October," Marquis said Sunday (azcentral.com).

The Diamondbacks hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Giants in the NL West.

Marquis' transition from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks has been a bit rough. He was acquired the day before the non-waiver trade deadline as the Diamondbacks looked to close a hole in their rotation, but he's been terrible in three starts. As a member of the Diamondbacks, Marquis is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and has lasted just 11 1/3 innings.

Miley, 24, was promoted to Triple-A July 1. Since then, he's gone 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. Those numbers are better than they look, too, because the Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitter's league. Think Coors Field pre-humidor days.

Still, Marquis was bound to start getting better and has experience pitching for a playoff contender down the stretch. His injury hurts the D-Backs' chances in the West.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:21 am
 

Pepper: Gordon wants to stay in Kansas City

Gordon
By Evan Brunell

STAY OR GO:
Alex Gordon's had a long, tough road in Kansas City. He arrived in town with expectations of being the next George Brett, and struggled to reach those expectations while adjusting to the major leagues. For a few years there, the third baseman was looking like a colossal bust, but he switched to left field and broke out this year at age 27 and has had a fantastic year leading off.

Gordon isn't a free agent until after 2013, but is already eager to sign a long-term extension to stay a Royal.

“Staying here?” Gordon told the Kansas City Star. “Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love being close to home. I love the fans. I love everything about this place.”

Gordon noted that the team and GM Dayton Moore has already indicated they want to wait until after the season to discuss a long-term deal. Making just $1.4 million, that number is sure to rise, if not double, through arbitration. The Royals may want to wait another season to see if Gordon's newfound production is real, even if it's at the risk of a spiking salary through arbitration. There's no real rush here -- Kansas City's payroll started the year under $40 million after cracking $70 million the last few years. With that kind of flexibility at hand and no massive contracts due anytime soon, the Royals may want to exercise their flexibility to gauge Gordon for another season.

Working in Gordon's favor is that he's ready to help immediately and can be a linchpin of the team's transition to a young crop, which doesn't include a deep outfield. Lorenzo Cain appears ready to take over center field and Wil Myers is developing nicely in the outfield after transitioning from catcher and should be in the majors within a year or two, but that's about it. K.C. drafted outfielder Bubba Starling, who has yet to sign, but even if he does, his outlook is so far away it shouldn't have any impact on Gordon's possibilities to stick with Kansas City.

WAIVER WIRE
: A development on the waiver wire is that left-handed relievers are having a heck of a time clearing waivers, which is no big surprise when you consider that the big dogs of the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies and other contenders are on the hunt for such help. (Boston Globe)

REHABBING A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez participated in a simulated game on Thursday, taking 13 at-bats and playing three innings in the field. He's currently slated to return to the Yankees on Thursday. (New York Post)

PLAY OR SIT: Magglio Ordonez's time as a productive hitter is winding to an end, and he's mired in a deep slump thus far in August, dragging his batting average to .223. Manager Jim Leyland isn't ready to sit Ordonez entirely, but did admit that he will pick and choose which pitchers Ordonez will face. (Detroit Free Press)

NEW MINDSET
: Carlos Pena may not be around to see it, but he knows what his club needs to do to move on -- adopt a new mindset, freeing the Cubs from the same old malaise. “It’s just viewing ourselves in a different light, wearing the uniform with pride, just all those personal things that (should be) ingrained in us,” Pena told CSNChicago.com.

BACK IN OAKLAND: Athletics manager Bob Melvin says if he returns to manage the team in 2012, he wants DH Hideki Matsui back. That's easy to say, when Matsui has been scorching hot since the All-Star break, but it's instructive to note that even with the hot streak, Matsui's overall line is .264/.338/.408. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CARD WARS: Topps and Leaf are embroiled in a legal battle over baseball cards, as Leaf is using Topps baseball cards to promote a new line of cards from Leaf. If you buy a "2011 Best of Baseball" set from Leaf, you receive one new, original Leaf card as well as a bonus card, which is turning out to be iconic Topps cards. (TMZ.com)

BAUER POWER? Jason Marquis is out for an extended period of time after fracturing his shin in Sunday's start. There's speculation that Trevor Bauer, who was drafted this past June, could potentially replace Marquis. (Arizona Republic)

CLEARED: Royals catcher Matt Treanor has passed the last hurdle in his recovery from a concussion and can now return to game action. A rehab stint in the minors is likely. (Kansas City Star)

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:49 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Belt belts two home runs

Belt

By Evan Brunell

Jack McKeon, Marlins:  Giants first baseman Brandon Belt showed the Giants (and opponent Florida) that if Aubrey Huff's recent resurgence isn't for real, the Giants will be just fine. Belt... well, "belted" two solo home runs on Sunday to pace San Francisco over the Marlins. Ryan Vogelsong won his 10th, trimming his ERA to 2.47. But neither of them get the prize -- that goes to Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who told the Associated Press that there was no bad blood between the two teams as a result of the Buster Posey broken leg suffered at the hands of Scott Cousins earlier in the year. "Guys get carried away," McKeon said. "Vogel ... Volkswagen ... whatever his name is -- he's lucky he didn't have to face Drysdale or Gibson or one of those guys. You would get a shave and a haircut real quick."

Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays: Boy, is Toronto sure glad it finally called up Brett Lawrie. The rookie has been hot so far in his early career, and delivered a game-tying double in the ninth inning that the Blue Jays would go on to win the next inning. It was his only hit in four trips to the plate, but Lawrie's already shown a knack for getting pivotal hits and is hitting .355 on the year. He's rallied the troops by wearing his heart on his sleeve and is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

Nick Markakis, Orioles: Markakis has been a major disappointment not just this season, but for a few years now. Markakis followed up two strong years with his best season yet in 2008 as a 24-year-old, raking 48 doubles and 20 home runs with a .306/.406/.491 mark, but he tumbled off by close to 100 points in OPS over the next two seasons. This year's been even worse, as he came into Sunday's game against Detroit with a .280/.333/.391 mark. He exacted some measure of help Sunday by going 3 for 5 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. It's something.



Jason Marquis, Diamondbacks: Marquis' first two starts for the Diamondbacks didn't go too well, giving up eight runs (seven earned) in four innings two starts ago, following that up with another four-inning stint, coughing up seven runs (four earned). That made Sunday promising, as Marquis had given up one run through 3 1/3, but a line drive off his shin the inning previous flared up all of a sudden and he tumbled to the ground in a heap -- as did batter Josh Thole, who was plunked by Marquis' errant pitch when he took a dive. The diagnosis? Broken shin. Ouch.

Jordan Lyles, Astros: Lyles had a tough opponent in Hiroki Kuroda, who hurled seven scoreless, but Lyles didn't help matters by blowing up for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. It's the second straight time that Lyles has given up seven runs, and he drops to an unsightly 1-7 on the year and his career. His 5.32 ERA belies a pitcher that might need some more seasoning in the minors, but he's also just 20, and there's plenty better things on the horizon for the right-hander.

Jeff Francis, Royals: Leading up to the trade deadline, Francis was looking like a nice left-hander to slot in the middle of the rotation, especially in the NL. Alas, since then he's been anything but and turned in a six-run outing in just 3 2/3 innings, balls rifling all over the park with 10 hits. Francis also walked two and struck out just one in what was just an overall bad day at the park. His ERA is all the way up to 4.76 now and that luster? It's gone.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:28 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:59 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Might Casey strikes thrice

Casey McGehee

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Casey McGehee, Brewers: In his last 63 games, the Brewers third baseman had just one home run and none since July 6. In the series finale against the Cardinals, McGehee had three homers off of St. Louis starter Edwin Jackson, leading the Brewers to a 10-5 victory and extending their lead in the National League Central to 3 1/2 games.

Dan Uggla, Braves: It didn't take long for the Braves second baseman to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, reaching on an infield single in the first inning of the Braves' 6-4 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday. Not content with just an infield single, Uggla added a three-run homer in the fifth inning, helping end the Nationals' four-game win streak. He now has 11 homers during his streak and 23 on the season. Oh, while we're talking about Braves and hitting streaks, a note that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with two hits.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: The day after his first career walk-off hit, Ellsbury delivered his second. This time it was a two-out solo homer off the Indians' Joe Smith in the ninth inning of a tie game. The homer was Ellsbury's 18th of the season. He had just 20 homers in his career before this season, with nine in 2008 and eight in 2009.


Pittsburgh Pirates: Pittsburgh wasted a good outing by Charlie Morton as the offense managed just four hits, all singles, against Cubs starter Matt Garza, losing 1-0. The Pirates fell below .500 for the first time since June 21. Ryan Ludwick, added at the trade deadline to give the team some offense, is 0 for 8 since donning a Pirate uniform. Pittsburgh has lost 10 of its last 13 and is 7-11 since the All-Star break.

Jason Marquis, Diamondbacks: The right-hander didn't exactly impress in his Arizona debut, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in four-plus innings against the Giants. Marquis came into Wednesday's game with a track record of success against San Francisco, pitching in 12 games against the Giants and starting 11 with a 5-3 record and 2.47 ERA. However, the Giants had some additions as well -- Carlos Beltran had three hits and an RBI, while another new Giant, Orlando Cabrera, drove in three.

Brian Bruney, White Sox: It's not that Bruney gave up two hits to the only two batters he faced and both runners came along to score. No, it was the fact that Bruney was in the game to eat innings as the White Sox trailed the Yankees 13-7 in the seventh inning. Instead, he let his emotions get to him and was ejected by first base umpire Marvin Hudson after the ump ruled Brett Gardner safe at first on an infield hit. So with Burney out of the game, Ozzie Guiellen needed three more pitchers to finish out the game, a 18-7 Yankees victory.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Marquis traded to Diamondbacks

By Matt Snyder

Jason Marquis was the Nationals' scheduled starting pitcher for Saturday night's game against the Mets. Instead, he's been removed from assignment and traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced Saturday. The Diamondbacks send minor-league shortstop Zach Walters to the Nats.

Marquis, 32, is 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 120 2/3 innings this season. He has had success in the NL West before, as the only All-Star team he ever made was in 2009 with the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks are four games out in the NL West and Marquis will slide into the rotation, probably for Micah Owings. As for the Nationals, Tom Gorzelanny could take back his rotation spot, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post believes Gorzelanny stays in the bullpen while either Tom Milone or Brad Peacock are promoted. Both have thrown the ball well this season, but Peacock is the more highly-regarded prospect.

Walters, 21, was hitting .302 with a .377 on-base percentage, 27 doubles, nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases for Class A South Bend.

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