Clippard embraces setup role

Newest D-back eager to pitch in 'on any level' team needs

Clippard embraces setup role

PHOENIX -- It may have taken longer than he wanted, but in the end, Tyler Clippard said, he wound up where he wanted to be -- with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-backs signed Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million deal, which includes a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary this year and a $4.15 million salary in 2017.

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Mike Petriello

Ziegler remains baseball's unlikeliest closer

Submariner has 5-year streak of most downward fastball movement

Ziegler remains baseball's unlikeliest closer

When the D-backs signed veteran reliever Tyler Clippard to a two-year deal on Monday, general manager Dave Stewart made it clear that Clippard was brought in to support closer Brad Ziegler, not supplant him. For those of us who like oddities in our world, this is good news: Ziegler will remain baseball's most unexpected closer.

No, really. There's no one working the ninth inning in baseball like Ziegler right now, and there hasn't been for years. In an era where flamethrowers like Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are lighting up radar guns, Arizona's closer averages 84.6 mph on his primary pitch and has a near pathological aversion to strikeouts, finishing in the bottom 30 (of the 268 pitchers with a minimum 60 innings thrown) in both K/9 (4.76) and K% (13.7).

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pollock, D-backs agree on two-year deal

Pollock, D-backs agree on two-year deal

PHOENIX -- The D-backs on Monday reached agreement with outfielder A.J. Pollock on a two-year contract, which avoids a salary arbitration hearing.

The deal is worth $10.25 million, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

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D-backs sign reliever Clippard to 2-year deal

Ziegler still likely candidate to open 2016 season as Arizona's closer

D-backs sign reliever Clippard to 2-year deal

PHOENIX -- Given the chance to make their bullpen better, the D-backs couldn't pass on the opportunity to sign free-agent right-hander Tyler Clippard to a two-year deal Monday.

According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth $12.25 million and includes a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary this year and a $4.15 million salary in 2017.

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Lyle Spencer

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:

1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball legends influenced D-backs VP Watson

Baseball legends influenced D-backs VP Watson

De Jon Watson is entering his second season as the D-backs' senior vice president of baseball operations and his 31st in professional baseball. Before joining the D-backs, Watson spent eight seasons with the Dodgers, where he rose to vice president of player development. He played in the Minor Leagues for five seasons before transitioning into a front-office role.

So many different people have impacted me in this game. I had the luxury of working in Los Angeles for a few years, being exposed to the Dodgers and their history.

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Goldy always looking to improve routine

Star first baseman makes small tweaks to offseason program to continue progressing

Goldy always looking to improve routine

PHOENIX -- Given the results from each of his first four full seasons in the big leagues, it is clear that not much, if anything, is lacking in Paul Goldschmidt's offseason workout program. But that doesn't mean the D-backs' first baseman is not always looking for ways to make even the slightest of improvements.

"I have my base program that I've been doing really since the year before I got called up five years ago, and it's basically the same," Goldschmidt said. "Every year, I sit down with Nate Shaw, our strength and conditioning coordinator, and we kind of tweak the program a little bit."

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Brothers live out late father's fantasy at camp

D-backs fan remembered fondly by staff at annual event

Brothers live out late father's fantasy at camp

PHOENIX -- Tod and Gary Schulz went to last month's D-backs Fantasy Camp to have fun, but also to pay tribute to their father, Don, who was a camp regular before passing away in 2010 at the age of 75.

Don attended camp in 2007 through 2009, and was a favorite of both campers and staff because of his sense of humor.

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Collmenter's kilt a hit at charity golf event

Collmenter's kilt a hit at charity golf event

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale and 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez agreed on a couple of things on Tuesday.

First, they were happy to participate in the Outfront Media Special Olympics Open, which helped kick off the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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D-backs boost offense in trading for Segura

Shortstop obtained from Brewers along with pitching prospect Wagner

D-backs boost offense in trading for Segura

PHOENIX -- The D-backs moved to shore up their middle infield and offensive strength Saturday by acquiring shortstop Jean Segura from the Brewers in a five-player trade that sent veteran second baseman Aaron Hill, right-handed starter Chase Anderson and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz to Milwaukee.

Arizona also obtained right-hander Tyler Wagner, who led the Southern League with a 2.25 ERA last season pitching for Double-A Biloxi, and also made three big league appearances for Milwaukee. Wagner, who MLB.com rates as Arizona's No. 10 prospect, will give the D-backs added depth this spring in the competition for the back end of the rotation, said Dave Stewart, Arizona's general manager.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2 D-backs pitching prospects make 2016 Top 100 list

2 D-backs pitching prospects make 2016 Top 100 list

PHOENIX -- Quality pitching prospects are a valuable commodity and the D-backs have a pair of 23-year-old right-handers living up to that description.

Braden Shipley is listed as the No. 67 prospect while Archie Bradley comes in at No. 72 on MLB Pipeline's recently unveiled list of the top prospects in baseball.

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Barry M. Bloom

Work of art: Big Unit honored with mural

Peoria High School students paint 16-foot-high portrait of Hall of Famer

Work of art: Big Unit honored with mural

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Life has slowed to a more normal pace for Randy Johnson since his induction last summer into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Still, he's very much in demand here at home.

And Thursday, Johnson visited the sprawling campus of Peoria High School, where 25 students from teacher Matthew Glover's advanced arts class honored him by painting a 16-foot-high mural of The Big Unit in the midst of his classic windup.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Swift reflects on MLB career, coaching in Q&A

Former pitcher discusses post-playing days as Arizona Christian College's head coach

Swift reflects on MLB career, coaching in Q&A

Bill Swift is a baseball lifer. And right now he is enjoying life under the national radar.

The second player selected in the 1984 Draft, Swift spent 13 years in the big leagues, pitching for the Mariners, Giants and Rockies. He led the National League with a 2.08 ERA with the Giants in 1992 and won 21 games for them the next year.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bradley among D-backs to begin 'pen sessions

Bradley among D-backs to begin 'pen sessions

The smiles of D-backs players were as bright as the sunshine as they walked off Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday following their first pre-Spring Training bullpen sessions.

No one was beaming more than Evan Marshall, who trod a mound for the first time since walking off it with a fractured skull in August.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Drury makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

Rangers' Gallo grabs top spot, Boston's Devers leaps to No. 2

Drury makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo, Miguel Sano and Maikel Franco claimed four of the top five spots on last year's list of the top third-base prospects, and together they combined to hit 64 big league home runs in 2015. Gallo retained rookie eligibility and headlines this year's crop of top prospects at the hot corner, which, as a whole, stand out more for overall hitting ability than power. And as it's so often the case with young third basemen, only time will tell how many of these guys will be able to remain at the position long term.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Rogers: D-backs among most improved teams

Cubs, D-backs and Red Sox turn in next-best offseasons

Rogers: D-backs among most improved teams

No Dave Dombrowski? No problem for the Tigers -- at least not in the short term.

It's still surprising that owner Mike Ilitch dismissed Dombrowski last August. It's tricky to deconstruct that move, especially since the Red Sox pounced on Dombrowski only two weeks after he cleaned out his office at Comerica Park.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs reveal 2016 promo schedule

D-backs reveal 2016 promo schedule

The D-backs revealed their 2016 promotional schedule on Monday, highlighted by four bobblehead nights for players such as Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke as well as several special theme nights throughout the season.

Arizona will start the bobblehead giveaways on April 23, with A.J. Pollock's, followed by Goldschmidt's on July 2, Greinke's on Aug. 6 and David Peralta's on Sept. 17.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLBN ranks Goldschmidt as top first baseman

MLBN ranks Goldschmidt as top first baseman

First base is one of the most power-packed positions in the Majors, full of hitters who hit in the middle of their respective orders. In 2015, first basemen combined to average 115 WRC+, the best among position groups in the Majors, according to MLB.com's Mike Petriello.

MLB Network revealed its top 10 first basemen on Thursday night, based on results from "The Shredder" -- an algorithm based on player performance that accounts for both offense and defense that was put together by MLB Network's research department "without emotion or bias." Host Brian Kenny and guest host Carlos Pena also provided their top 10s.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldy, teammates enjoying top-notch facility

Goldy, teammates enjoying top-notch facility

PHOENIX -- Spring Training won't officially begin for another four weeks, but there is already plenty of activity at the D-backs' Salt River Fields facility.

Players like Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill, Tuffy Gosewisch, Rubby De La Rosa, Robbie Ray, Chris Owings and Yasmany Tomas are just some of the regular visitors at the complex as players who live in Arizona and take advantage of what is regarded as one of the best Spring Training facilities in the game.

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Pollock, D-backs 'not far apart' in arbitration talks

Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder only eligible player without one-year deal

Pollock, D-backs 'not far apart' in arbitration talks

PHOENIX -- Outfielder A.J. Pollock is the lone D-backs player eligible for salary arbitration who has not reached an agreement on a one-year deal, but it sounds like an agreement is definitely possible prior to a February hearing.

Pollock filed for arbitration Friday at $3.9 million, while the team countered at $3.65 million.

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For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

Adjustment made because July 31 falls on a Sunday

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

This is a leap year, and for Major League Baseball, it will mean a one-day leap in the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline this season will be moved to Aug. 1 from the traditional July 31 -- which in 2016 falls on a Sunday. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET, and on July 31, there are seven games scheduled to begin between 1-1:30, five between 2-3:30 and three at 4. There are only eight games on Aug. 1, all of which are night games.

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D-backs sign Miller; Pollock exchanges figures

Castillo, Corbin, Delgado, Hudson and De La Rosa also avoid arbitration

D-backs sign Miller; Pollock exchanges figures

The D-backs avoided arbitration with all but one of their seven eligible players Friday. Right-hander Shelby Miller and catcher Welington Castillo, in addition to pitchers Patrick Corbin, Randall Delgado, Daniel Hudson and Rubby De La Rosa all agreed to terms.

Miller will make $4.35 million this season, while Castillo ($3.7 million), Corbin ($2.525 million), Delgado ($1.25 million), Hudson ($2.7 million) and De La Rosa ($2.35 million) also reached one-year deals.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hall puts on show as D-backs honor sponsors

Club's 2016 Most Valuable Partner Awards a big hit

Hall puts on show as D-backs honor sponsors

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt mingled with the crowd in the lobby of the Gila River Casinos' Wild Horse Pass and Casino Hotel. Inside the Ovations Live! Showroom, new D-backs pitcher Shelby Miller introduced himself to teammates Patrick Corbin, Tuffy Gosewisch, and Chris Owings and then took a seat at their table.

Not far in front of the players sat chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, general manager Dave Stewart and senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson, manager Chip Hale and third-base coach Matt Williams. Special assistants Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson and J.J. Putz were there, too.

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D-backs acquire righty reliever Hall from Giants

D-backs acquire righty reliever Hall from Giants

The D-backs added a reliever Wednesday, trading for right-handed pitcher Cody Hall.

Hall was designated for assignment last week by the Giants, who will receive a player to be named or cash considerations in the deal.

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Hammock reflects on perfection at Fantasy Camp

Now a manager at Double-A, catcher for Big Unit's milestone asked about feat in Q&A

Hammock reflects on perfection at Fantasy Camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Robby Hammock was in the visiting manager's office in Jackson, Miss., preparing for a game on July 26, 2015, when his phone started buzzing on the desk.

Just moments before that, former D-backs left-hander Randy Johnson had mentioned Hammock's name during his Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was Hammock who caught Johnson's perfect game on May 18, 2004.

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Like son, like father: Elder Gosling enjoying Fantasy Camp

Like son, like father: Elder Gosling enjoying Fantasy Camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As he got ready to leave home to participate in the D-backs' 11th Annual Fantasy Camp, Jim Gosling received some words of wisdom from his son, Michael, a former big league pitcher.

The advice: "Dad, don't get hurt."

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Shipley highlights 23 NRIs for Spring Training

Former World Series champion Arias among four invited infielders

Shipley highlights 23 NRIs for Spring Training

The D-backs will have 23 non-roster players in Major League camp when the club reports to Spring Training next month, headlined by right-hander and No. 2 prospect Braden Shipley.

Joaquin Arias, who spent the past four seasons and won two World Series with the Giants, is among the list of invited position players. There are three infielders in addition to Arias, including Kyle Jensen, Jack Reinheimer and Carlos Rivero.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morgan reconnects in D-backs Fantasy Camp

Former big league pitcher loves being around baseball in any form

Morgan reconnects in D-backs Fantasy Camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You could tell by the look on his face and the bounce in his step that Mike Morgan was right where he wanted to be Monday morning.

Dressed in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform, Morgan, who spent 22 years in the big leagues, was on the Salt River Field back fields telling stories and teaching baseball to the nearly 70 participants in the D-backs' 11th Annual Fantasy Camp.

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D-backs' spring workout dates announced

Countdown begins to Arizona debuts of offseason acquisitions Greinke, Miller

D-backs' spring workout dates announced

Christmas is long gone and New Year's Day has passed, which can only mean one thing:

Spring Training isn't far off.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.