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  • landed in the desert
    Clippard embraces Diamondbacks' culture of winning
    This may have taken a protracted process and longer than relief pitcher Tyler Clippardwanted, but, in the end, things worked out just fine. In fact, Clippard can be excused at the moment for being overwhelmed.While the off-season process of...
  • two-year deal
    Pollock signs two-year deal, avoids arbitration
    What is likely the final piece of the Diamondbacks hope for a championship run is now in place. When A. J. Pollock signed a two-year deal Monday night and avoided arbitration, the team which several believe will contend for the National League...
  • add an important arm to Sedona Red
    Diamondbacks sign reliever Clippard to two-year deal
    During the off-season, Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks general manager, continued to search for bullpen help. While the asking price was important prospects for quality relievers, Stewart intelligently declined possible trades, took the time in...
  • looking for a better year
    At the advent of spring training, the Diamondbacks face important questions
    While pitchers and catchers report to Salt River next week, the Diamondbacks are about to open their spring training camp with optimism and energy. Off-season signings and trades boosted the Diamondbacks into a prominent conversation with the...
  • Jake Arrieta and Cubs avoid arbitration
    Jake Arrieta and Cubs avoid arbitration
    Cubs fans can watch today’s Super Bowl in peace knowing the Cubs have avoided arbitration with Jake Arrieta. It was revealed late Friday night that Arrieta and the Cubs had reached a one-year deal worth $10.7 million. Some may balk at the...
  • Tommy Bahama celebrates future Hall of Famer David Ortiz
    Tommy Bahama celebrates future Hall of Famer David Ortiz
    Tommy Bahama's 2016 MLB "Collector's Edition" shirt features future Hall of Famer David Oritz. The three-time World Champion and nine-time All-Star's final season will be honoured in style as only Tommy knows how.Doug Wood,...
  • Jake Arrieta
    Cubs, Arrieta avoid arbitration with one-year deal
    If you're a fan of the Chicago Cubs, there is some good news to spread on Saturday. The Associated Press revealed early Saturday morning that the Cubs and pitcher Jake Arrieta have agreed to a one-year deal, worth $10.7 million. It is the...
  • A's head into 2016 with a so-so roster and lots of ground to regain in division
    A's head into 2016 with a so-so roster and lots of ground to regain in division
    As the time for pitchers and catchers to report to Major League Baseball's spring training approaches, it's time to look at the 2016 Oakland Athletics current depth chart and assess it for what it is: average, at best. With the A's...
  • Smyly beats Rays in arbitration
    Smyly beats Rays in arbitration
    For the first time since their inception and as well under the ownership of Stuart Sternberg, the Tampa Bay Rays lost an arbitration case as the three-person panel of arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte decided in...
  • Rebuilt
    Know your opponent 2016: Houston Astros
    While pitchers and catchers will not report until mid-February, it's never too early to look ahead at the upcoming season for the Cincinnati Reds and what lies ahead for them in 2016.Houston Astros (86-76, 2nd in AL West)Key Additions: Doug...
  • state of the franchise
    Have Stewart and La Russa compromised the Diamondbacks' future?
    If thoughts here in the off-season are accurate, the Diamondbacks are in a rather enviable position. After signing Zach Greinke, a principal free agent and trading for pitcher Shelby Miller and infielder Jean Segura, pundits now believe the...
  • James McCann
    The top five catchers in Detroit Tigers history
    They call catcher’s gear the “tools of ignorance” because of the abuse the player receives behind the plate. Catchers take foul tips, bats to the head, home plate collisions, and deal with the home plate umpire. All told, a game...
  • off to the desert
    Diamondbacks acquire infielder Segura from Brewers
    The acquisition of shortstop Jean Segura late Saturday afternoon opens a number of scenarios for the Diamondbacks. Most intriguing is a possible middle infield configuration or even rotation among several players.Obtaining Segura, who will be 26...
  • Rays trade McGee to Rockies for Dickerson
    Rays trade McGee to Rockies for Dickerson
    For most of the off-season, trade rumors were abounding that the Tampa Bay Rays would trade from their pitching depth to obtain additional offense. Speculation was that reliever Jake McGee starters Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Matt...
  • the need to be self-motivated
    Randy Johnson says players need to be self-motivated
    When Zack Greinke signed with the Diamondbacks, the first impression was the right-hander, given his leadership and productivity, would be a force in the Arizona clubhouse. Just by his stature and accomplishments, Greinke’s presence alone...
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