PHOENIX -- Three players with ties to the D-backs -- right-handers Curt Schilling and Livan Hernandez along with second baseman Orlando Hudson -- are listed on the 2018 Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot which was released on Monday.
A player must receive 75 percent of the vote in order to be enshrined and Schilling has come up short in his previous five years on the ballot.
Once again, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came up just short in his bid to become the first D-backs player to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, finishing third in the voting behind winner Giancarlo Stanton and runner-up Joey Votto.
Stanton and Votto each got 10 first-place votes in a race that turned out to be the third closest in NL MVP balloting and the fourth overall, as Stanton edged Votto, 302-300.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Bradley will stretch out, but likely bound for 'pen
Right-hander dominated as reliever in '17, but has expressed desire to start
By AJ Cassavell and Steve Gilbert
After plenty of internal debate and discussion, it appears that D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley's role for 2018 is coming into focus.
"We're going to bring him into camp, stretch him out, but it's likely he's going to be in the 'pen," D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said Tuesday from the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla. "We haven't specifically discussed his role. I think he'll continue in the back-end of the bullpen. We haven't ruled out closing, but we'll see what happens as we put the team together. We just want to put him in any situation that he can have an impact on the game."
With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.
After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.
On Tuesday, Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks was named the National League Manager of the Year. In his first year as a manager, Lovullo reversed the club's 69-93 record from the previous year, going 93-69 to earn the top National League Wild Card spot and take Arizona to its first National League Division Series since 2011.
Rather than overhauling the roster after a disappointing season -- as most teams might have -- the D-backs instead overhauled their front office and coaching staff. Lovullo was the man chosen for the challenge.
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Rox, D-backs earn top retailer accolades
The Colorado Rockies have been named the 2017 Major League Baseball Club Retailer of the Year for their commitment to generating merchandise sales through creative marketing and merchandising efforts. Additionally, the consumer products division of MLB added a new award to recognize the Club that most excelled in sales and marketing of specific non-apparel product lines, naming the Arizona Diamondbacks the inaugural Hard Goods Club Retailer of the Year.
Since its inception in 2005, the Club Retailer of the Year Award has been awarded based on a combination of fan interest, vendor feedback, sales, creative marketing and exceptional merchandising efforts. The Rockies this year played in the National League Wild Card Game for the fourth time in their 25-season history, reaching the Postseason for the first time since 2009. This helped lead Colorado's retail team to strengthened performance in their Dugout Stores and shops at Coors Field. The Rockies even created a unique gift-with-purchase program with league licensee That's My Ticket which increased in-store foot traffic and sales. The team also organized a multi-media marketing campaign around their retail experience which included social media, digital video and ballpark signage. These efforts collectively led to increased interest and sales for the merchandise department.
PHOENIX -- Lauded by players for his communication skills, Torey Lovullo led the D-backs to a complete turnaround in 2017, and for that he was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday.
Lovullo totaled 18 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, the 2016 winner, who received five first-place votes. Another first-year manager, Bud Black of the Rockies, finished third in the balloting.
PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley looked around and shook his head a bit as he considered the scene at the Whirlwind Golf Club on Friday morning.
Bradley was getting ready to host the seventh annual D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sanderson Ford. The event, which is held the Friday before Veterans Day each year, raises funds to support initiatives that improve the lives of military heroes.
PHOENIX -- It was only a year ago that Torey Lovullo left the Red Sox to join the D-backs as manager. It was his first such assignment on a big league level. And his father, Sam, then 88, couldn't have been prouder.
As a fate would have it, Lovullo's dad, a renowned Hollywood television producer, died this past January because of heart issues. He missed his son converting the previously woebegone 93-loss D-backs into a 93-game winner that made the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs don't figure to be huge players in the free-agent market this offseason, but no one expected them to sign right-hander Zack Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, so you never know.
However, coming off their first postseason appearance since 2011, the D-backs don't figure to have much room in their budget for big-ticket additions. The D-backs have around $60 million in committed salary for next season and 14 arbitration-eligible players. Together, that would put them above their salary at the end of the 2017 season, and though ownership has not shied away from spending (see Greinke's deal), it would seem unlikely they can go much higher than where they're at.
Owings had surgery on the middle finger on his right hand on Saturday, which was performed by Dr. Don Sheridan to ensure proper and complete healing. Dr. Sheridan performed surgery on the same finger on July 31.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
D-backs prospects fuel Rafters' comeback
By Mike Rosenbaum
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' Fall League contingent helped propel Salt River to a walk-off victory on Monday, as Michael Perez delivered the game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth before Jack Reinheimer laced one into the left-center-field gap to give the Rafters a 2-1 victory over Surprise.
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.
D-backs pick up Descalso's option for 2018
By Matt Kelly
The D-backs have picked up their club option on infielder Daniel Descalso, bringing him back into the fold for the 2018 season.
Descalso will make $2 million for the 2018 season; the eight-year veteran made $1.35 million in the '17 season. Descalso, who signed with the D-backs as a free agent last offseason, set career highs with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs in '17, while putting up a .233/.332/.395 slash line over 131 games. He also chipped in a pair of postseason home runs for Arizona, which lost to the Dodgers in an NLDS sweep.
Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Atkinson takes unlikely path to Fall League
Right-hander hadn't thrown in over a year before seeking tryout
By William Boor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Atkinson hadn't thrown a baseball in 13 months, but with just five days to prepare, there wasn't any time to dwell. If Atkinson wanted his baseball career to continue, he needed to impress.
After pitching for four seasons at the University of Cincinnati, Atkinson's baseball career suddenly came to a screeching halt. The right-hander wasn't drafted, wasn't signed as a free agent and wasn't invited to a tryout.
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Drury diligent, all business in offseason
By Josh Greene
Thirteen games into his big league call-up in September 2015, D-backs second baseman Brandon Drury cracked his first career home run -- a three-run shot -- on the road vs. the National League West-rival Dodgers. While the baseball gods once again smiled down upon the then-23-year-old, as a fan lobbed the would-be souvenir back out onto the field, those same good fortunes -- as they often do in this game -- quickly did a 180-degree turn, as the memento was nonchalantly deposited into a ball girl's crowded collection bucket.
While Drury will never know if the ball he was given was the one he hit, consider that it is one of the few low-level baseball priorities for the self-professed diamond diehard.
PHOENIX -- The World Series marks the end of the 2017 season, but it's also when the Hot Stove begins to heat up with each team setting its eyes toward '18.
In 2017, the D-backs qualified for the postseason for the first time since '11, but an early exit in the National League Division Series at the hands of the division-rival Dodgers made it clear that there is still work to be done if they hope to go further in '18.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs recently got their amateur scouts together for a series of meetings wrapped around watching Arizona Fall League games as they look ahead to the upcoming high school and collegiate seasons.
"This is the time that we make changes to scouting reports, roles that we're going to assign, maybe how we want to scout the spring, if there's anything that we want to focus on, review last year's Draft, those types of things," D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said.
PHOENIX -- It wasn't a hard decision for D-backs manager Torey Lovullo when it came to hiring Jerry Narron as bench coach to replace Ron Gardenhire, who left to manage the Tigers.
After all, Narron had filled the role on an interim basis early in the 2017 season when Gardenhire underwent surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, and Narron served as an "extra coach" when Gardenhire returned.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs surprised most of baseball this year, going 93-69 -- a complete 180 from 2016 -- and qualified for the postseason for the first time since '11. But for general manager Mike Hazen and his staff, the challenge to repeat that in '18 will make this offseason an interesting one.
Hazen will continue to balance the desire to maximize the team's current window to contend with the desire to have sustainable success going forward.