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  • #16
    The DBACKS recalled 1B Josh Whitesell from the RENO ACES(PCL)


    • #17
      Daniel Cabrera, Chad Tracy are now free agents, Oeltjen and Romero outrighted

      Daniel Cabrera refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Reno and is now a free agent.
      Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and hideous 23/42 K/BB ratio in 51 innings between Arizona and Washington. He still throws hard, but Cabrera hasn't had an ERA below 5.00 since 2006 and his awful control is now matched by a sub par strikeout rate.

      The Arizona Diamondbacks declined their 2010 option on infielder Chad Tracy on Thursday.

      The 29-year-old Tracy, who plays both first and third base, hit a career-low .237 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 98 games for the Diamondbacks last season.

      Tracy has spent his entire six-year career in Arizona, contributing 78 homers and 318 RBI to go with a .280 average in 704 games.

      Arizona also outrighted pitcher Daniel Cabrera, outfielder Trent Oeltjen and outfielder Alex Romero to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

      Cabrera elected to become a free agent after going a combined 0-6 with a 6.00 earned run average in 15 games -- nine starts -- with Washington and Arizona last season. The six-year veteran spent the first five years of his career in Baltimore, where he went 12-8 as a rookie in 2004.

      The club also announced pitcher Yusmeiro Petit was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners, and left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten was claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals.

      Petit went 3-10 in 23 games -- 17 starts -- in his third season in Arizona, while Slaten pitched to a 7.11 earned run average in 11 bullpen appearances last year.


      • #18
        Diamondbacks pick up Webb's option

        PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Arizona Diamondbacks exercised their $8.5 million option on pitcher Brandon Webb on Friday, gambling that the right-hander can return to his Cy Young form following shoulder surgery.

        "There's risk in everything," general manager Josh Byrnes said on their website ( "With the last three months... some of the risk has been reduced because the surgery went well and Webby's really responded well.

        "I think there's a lot of reward. I mean, you're talking about one of the best pitchers in baseball so as we made that decision, in our mind, the reward was greater than the risk."

        The cornerstone of the Diamondbacks starting rotation, Webb was handed the opening day assignment last season but lasted just four innings and never returned after arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in August.

        The three-time all-star has spent his seven-year career in Phoenix becoming one of the National League's dominant pitchers, earning Cy Young honors in 2006 and finishing runner-up in 2007 and 2008, when he posted a career high 22 wins.

        "This has always been my first choice for sure to stay here," said Webb. "I'm comfortable here. Obviously, I was hoping that they would (pick up the option).

        "I was just waiting for the phone call. It was up in the air for a while, and rightly so, it was a big question mark for a while but I've bounced back really well and am feeling good and I'm happy I'll be back next year."


        • #19
          I watched Slaten pitch here in Reno last season and he looked good maybe he can help Washington. Hopefull Oltgen can get another shot with the D Backs but he will be welcomed backhere in Reno he was a real fan favorite.


          • #20
            Diamondbacks trade for Aaron Heilman

            My condolences, Diamondbacks fans.


            PHOENIX — Reliever Aaron Heilman was acquired Friday by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Chicago Cubs for two minor league prospects.

            The 31-year-old right-hander was 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 70 appearances last season, striking out 65 and walking 34. He spent six seasons with the New York Mets before he was traded to Seattle last December, then was dealt to the Cubs the next month.

            Chicago gets 24-year-old left-hander Scott Maine and 23-year-old infielder Ryne White. Maine, a sixth-round draft pick in 2007, was a combined 4-5 with seven saves and a 2.90 ERA with Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno last season. White, a fourth-round draft pick in 2008, hit .266 with 58 RBIs for Class A Visalia.

            The move is intended to bolster an Arizona bullpen that was just one of many problems for the Diamondbacks last season.

            Heilman has a career record of 26-37 with 10 saves and a 4.22 ERA in 375 career games.

            The Mets traded him to Seattle last December in a three-way deal involving Cleveland. Seven weeks later, the Mariners shipped him to the Cubs for utility infielder Ronny Cedeno and left-hander Garrett Olson.



            • #21
              Scott Maine and 23-year-old infielder Ryne White, I watched Maine pitch here in Reno last season he looked pretty good, White only played here the last week of the season and did not get much playing time.


              • #22
                Diamondbacks add Gillespie, Mercedes, Stange and Norberto to 40-man

                Diamondbacks purchased the contracts of OF Cole Gillespie, RHPs Roque Mercedes and Daniel Stange and LHP Jordan Norberto.
                The players are now safe from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Gillespie, 25, hit .304/.418/.514 in 42 games for Triple-A Reno this season and was invited to the prestigious Arizona Fall League. The D'Backs nabbed him from Milwaukee this past summer in a trade for Felipe Lopez.



                • #23
                  I also watched Cole Gillespie last season and he has promise, Brett Butler played him a lot as an infielder and he did deliver a few key hits


                  • #24
                    Kyler Newbie and Luke Carlin outrighted to minors

                    PHOENIX -- The D-backs outrighted pitcher Kyler Newby and catcher Luke Carlin to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

                    The move takes the pair off the team's 40-man roster, which now stands at 38 heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.

                    Newby was 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 42 games (two starts) for Double-A Mobile this past season and was impressive early on in big league camp last spring.

                    Carlin, meanwhile, hit .321 with 17 doubles, seven homers and 35 RBIs for Reno last year. He had 21 plate appearances at the big league level and hit .167.

                    The pair each have the right to refuse their assignment and elect to become free agents.



                    • #25
                      Carlin was a popular player here in Reno last season. I don't know much about Newby


                      • #26
                        Diamondbacks sign Carlos Corporan, TJ Beam and Drew Macias

                        The Diamondbacks have signed catcher Carlos Corporan, another defense-first backstop, to a minor league contract. He likely will be the No. 2 catcher in Reno behind John Hester.


                        Arizona P T.J. Beam - Signed to a Minor League Contract
                        Arizona RF Drew Macias - Signed to a Minor League Contract


                        • #27
                          Blockbuster 3-team trade

                          * The Yankees receive center fielder Curtis Granderson, who turns 29 in March. Granderson is owed $5.5MM in 2010, $8.25MM in '11, and $10MM in '12, with a $13MM club option/$2MM buyout for '13. That's $25.75MM guaranteed over the next three years. Melky Cabrera could now be expendable for the Yankees, and the Cubs are one possible suitor.
                          * The Diamondbacks receive a pair of starting pitchers: Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. Jackson, 26, is under team control for '10 and '11 and is owed an arbitration raise on this year's $2.2MM salary. Kennedy, 25 this month, missed most of the '09 season due to surgery to remove an aneurysm near his shoulder. As far as I can tell he is under team control for another six seasons. This is the second year in a row Jackson has been traded at the Winter Meetings.
                          * The Tigers receive four players: starter Max Scherzer, relievers Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke, and center fielder Austin Jackson. The Tigers get five years of Scherzer, six of Schlereth, five of Coke, and six of Jackson, potentially 22 years of control in total. Scherzer, 25, and Jackson, 23 in February, are probably considered the prizes of the haul.



                          • #28
                            Might get a chance to see Kennedy and Jackson play here in Reno


                            • #29
                              Diamondbacks take Zack Kroenke in Rule 5 Draft; lose Hector Ambriz

                              Diamondbacks: Zack Kroenke, LHP, from Yankees: A University of Nebraska product (fifth round 2005), Kreonke posted a 1.99 ERA with a 55/30 K/BB in 72 innings for Triple-A Scranton this year. The 25-year old has an 88-92 MPH fastball with movement, and he could end up being an astute pick as a bullpen asset if his command sharpens a bit more.
                              Indians: Hector Ambriz, RHP, from Diamondbacks: Ambriz is 25 years old, a fifth rounder out of UCLA in 2006. He was mediocre as a starter for Triple-A Reno this year, with a 5.57 ERA and a 103/40 K/BB in 128 innings with 164 hits allowed. He does get his fastball past 90 MPH and has a good splitter, and I could see him being a decent relief arm with spot starter potential.


                              • #30
                                D-Backs sign Blaine Boyer

                                PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks signed right-handed relief pitcher Blaine Boyer to a one-year contract.

                                Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boyer was arbitration eligible.

                                Boyer, 28, went 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA in 48 relief outings with three different clubs in 2009 - the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Diamondbacks. He held opponents to a .265 batting average, walked 20 and had 29 strikeouts.

                                In 30 games with the Diamondbacks he went 0-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 37 innings pitched.

                                Boyer has been in the Major Leagues in parts of five seasons - all with the Braves until joining the Cardinals and then Diamondbacks last season. His overall record is 6-10 with a save and 4.76 ERA. He has recorded 132 strikeouts and 64 walks over his career.



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