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Baseball Fever Policy

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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  • #31
    I watched Hector Ambriz pitch here in Reno last season I hope he gets a shot


    • #32
      D-Backs non-tender Whitesell

      PHOENIX -- The D-backs declined to tender a contract to first baseman Josh Whitesell on Saturday, making him a free agent.

      In addition, the team announced it had tendered contracts to all six of its arbitration-eligible players, including Stephen Drew, Conor Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Miguel Montero, Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman.

      Two other players who were eligible for salary arbitration, infielder Augie Ojeda and pitcher Blaine Boyer, were signed to one-year deals Friday.

      Whitesell, 27, was unable to replicate the success he had in Triple-A with the D-backs. In parts of two seasons with Arizona, he hit just .200 with two homers and 15 RBIs.

      All unsigned players, not just those eligible for salary arbitration as is commonly misinterpreted, had to be tendered contracts by 9:59 p.m. MT.


      • #33
        I have a Josh Whitesell bobble head from the RENO ACES I wish him well where ever he ends up


        • #34
          Diamondbacks sign Rodrigo Lopez

          PHOENIX -- The D-backs signed right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League contract on Wednesday and invited the veteran to Spring Training.

          Lopez has spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with the Padres, Orioles, Rockies and Phillies and has a career record of 68-66 with a 4.82 ERA in 194 games, including 166 starts.

          Last season, Lopez appeared in seven games (five starts) for the NL champion Phillies and was 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA.

          Lopez's best seasons came in 2004-05 when he was 14-9 and then 15-12 for the Orioles.

          Lopez joins right-hander T.J. Beam, outfielder Drew Macias and catcher Carlos Corporan as Spring Training invitees.


          • #35
            They granted Carlin free agency.



            • #36
              D-Backs sign Jeff Bailey

              Jeff Bailey, who spent the last six years in the Red Sox organization, signed a minor-league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks,according to’s Steve Gilbert ( via Twitter). Bailey, 31, had spent most of the past five years in Triple A Pawtucket, and was named 2008 International League Player of the Year when he hit .301 with a .405 OBP, .562 slugging and .967 OPS while clubbing 25 homers.

              Bailey played in 56 games in the majors for the Sox, hitting .228/.340/.434/.773 with six homers as a first baseman and outfielder. Bailey had been a catcher in his early career, but throwing issues sabotaged his work there, and he stopped catching during the 2005 season. Sox manager Terry Francona would often lament Bailey’s inability to stay behind the plate, since his bat likely would have ensured a sustained big-league career at that position, at least as a backup.

              Now, Bailey will try to forge a big-league spot with the Diamondbacks, who, according to Gilbert, have offered him an invitation to major-league camp.


              • #37
                D-Backs sign Bob Howry

                PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed reliever Bob Howry to a one-year contract with a club option for 2011.

                Terms weren't disclosed.

                The 36-year-old right-hander was 2-6 with a 3.39 ERA in 63 appearances with the San Francisco Giants last season. Right-handed batters hit just .207 against him.

                Howry has a 44-49 career record in parts of 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco.

                Howry grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Deer Valley High School in Glendale.


                • #38
                  Diamondbacks sign Kelly Johnson

                  Free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson signed with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday giving Arizona a much needed left-handed bat for their lineup. Johnson joins keystone partner Stephen Drew and catcher Miguel Montero as the only sure every-day lefty hitters in the lineup.


                  • #39
                    The Diamondbacks have released minor league righthander Tony Barnette so he can pursue opportunities in Japan,...


                    • #40
                      I'd also like to report that after this offseason, I am retiring from reporting the daily team by team transactions (and the Baseball Fever community breathes a collective sigh of relief). It takes far too long to do.


                      • #41
                        Diamondbacks DFA Eric Byrnes, avoid arb with Montero and Jackson, sign LaRoche

                        Arizona Republic - The Diamondbacks cut ties with Eric Byrnes on Friday to make room for free-agent acquisition Adam LaRoche.

                        Byrnes has been a major disappointment since his three-year, $30 million extension kicked in at the start of the 2008 season.

                        Arizona designated Byrnes for assignment. They are still responsible for his $11 million salary in 2010 and have 10 days to either trade him or release him.

                        The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Miguel Montero on a one-year contract reportedly worth $2 million on Friday, avoiding arbitration with the catcher.

                        The 26-year-old set several career highs last season with a .294 batting average, 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 128 games. The left-handed hitter also established career highs with 61 runs scored, 125 hits, 30 doubles, 38 walks, a .355 on-base percentage and a .478 slugging percentage.

                        First baseman Adam LaRoche and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized a 1-year contract yesterday that guarantees him $6 million.

                        LaRoche gets $4.5 million this year, and the deal includes a $7.5 million mutual option for 2011 with a $1.5 million buyout.
                        Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-16-2010, 02:04 PM.


                        • #42
                          D-Backs avoid arb with Heilman, Qualls

                          PHOENIX -- The D-backs avoided arbitration with a pair of players by signing relievers Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman to one-year deals Monday.

                          The signings leave the D-backs with just two unsigned arbitration-eligible players -- pitcher Edwin Jackson and shortstop Stephen Drew -- both of whom are represented by agent Scott Boras.


                          • #43
                            D-Backs avoid arb with Drew; release Byrnes

                            PHOENIX -- The D-backs agreed to terms with shortstop Stephen Drew on a one-year contract worth $3.4 million.

                            Drew, who hit .261 with 29 doubles, 12 triples, 12 homers and 65 RBIs last season, was eligible for salary arbitration.
                            The D-Backs officially released Byrnes on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

                            Signed: 1B Jeff Bailey, SS Ed Rogers (re-signed)
                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-20-2010, 04:56 PM.


                            • #44
                              Signed: SS Jake Wald
                              Released: RHP Tony Barnette


                              • #45
                                RHP Bryan Shaw assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                C Konrad Schmidt assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                LHP Tom Layne assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                SS Mark Hallberg assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RHP Josh Ellis assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RF Collin Cowgill assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RHP Wes Roemer assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                CF Evan Frey assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                C Sean Coughlin assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RHP Barry Enright assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RHP Kyler Newby assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
                                RHP Matt Torra assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.