Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

D-backs outfielder looks to bounce back from hip injury, subpar year

Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If Cody Ross is going to get playing time with the D-backs this year, he's going to have to earn it, and that's fine by him.

"My back is against the wall, which is right where I want to be," Ross said. "That's kind of been like my whole career. I never really had anything handed to me until a couple of years ago and that didn't go so well. Now that my back is against the wall, the real Cody will come out."

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Prospect Gray shows off highly touted velocity

Right-hander has worked on stamina to endure professional rigors

Prospect Gray shows off highly touted velocity

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A sly smile adorned the face of Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Jon Gray on Thursday morning. Gray would be facing hitters for the first time in Spring Training, meaning it would be his first chance to show the velocity that led the club to pick him third overall in 2013.

Gray attended big league camp last spring, but the fastball, which at times reached triple-digit mph at Oklahoma, didn't come with him. During the regular season, Gray managed a solid Double-A season (10-5, 3.91 ERA) despite diminishing fastball speed -- low to mid 90s, rather than mid to upper 90s, with an occasional 100 -- because of shoulder fatigue.

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Diehard fan Lamb inspired by visit to Seahawks' practice

Diehard fan Lamb inspired by visit to Seahawks' practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb got the opportunity to watch his favorite NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, practice this offseason.

"It was fun just seeing a team like that, the way they practice and everything," Lamb said.

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Fans a priority as D-backs aim for strong start to season

Hall, Hale address team on first day of full-squad workouts

Fans a priority as D-backs aim for strong start to season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs went through their first full-squad workout of the spring Wednesday, and before they took the field, they were addressed by manager Chip Hale and team president/CEO Derrick Hall.

Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will talk to the team at some point soon while general manager Dave Stewart prefers to talk individually with players.

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D-backs' Minor Leaguers get to work early

D-backs' Minor Leaguers get to work early

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In an effort to get their starting pitchers stretched out before the Minor League season opens and to get some younger prospects extra work, the D-backs invited 50 players to come to Spring Training on Wednesday ahead of the March 10 pitcher and catcher report date.

Another 10 players, who are rehabbing from injuries, were also invited.

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Phil Rogers

Tireless Hale right man for D-backs' revival

Front office's offseason commitment to talent gives new skipper tools to start fresh

Tireless Hale right man for D-backs' revival

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- He hasn't managed a Major League game yet, but don't let that little detail get in the way. Go ahead and put Chip Hale on your National League Manager of the Year watch list.

When September rolls around, we're going to be talking about Hale as a surprise pick in a group of candidates likely to include Joe Maddon, Bud Black, Mike Redmond and all the usual suspects, the guys like Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Mike Matheny. It may sound silly to speculate about this before the first pitch of the Cactus League season, but you don't need a crystal ball to know this is going to work.

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D-backs allowing Tomas to ease into playing third base

D-backs allowing Tomas to ease into playing third base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs plan on giving Yasmany Tomas every opportunity to win the starting third-base job this spring, but they won't drag it out until the end of camp.

Manager Chip Hale acknowledged Wednesday that the team would probably make a decision whether Tomas can stay at third or needs to shift back to the outfield.

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Trumbo happy to put arbitration hearing behind him

Trumbo happy to put arbitration hearing behind him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo was prepared to hear the worst when he walked into his salary-arbitration hearing last week, but it all worked out in the end for him.

Not only was it not as negative an experience as he thought it might be, but he also won his case. His salary for this year will be $6.9 million as opposed to the $5.3 million the D-backs filed.

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Tweaked delivery in tow, Cahill eyes consistency

Tweaked delivery in tow, Cahill eyes consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Cahill has looked good in his early bullpen sessions. Granted, it's early in Spring Training and there isn't anyone standing in the batter's box.

The right-hander struggled mightily last year and was demoted at one point to Class A to work on his mechanics. Command was a big issue for Cahill, and at the root of that was his inability to keep a consistent release point.

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Bradley banking on knuckle curve to land job with D-backs

Bradley banking on knuckle curve to land job with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In Spring Training last season, Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley started a split-squad game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that outing, he gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run while striking out three.

While Bradley earned the win, he remembered one strikeout with a special pitch.

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Nick Krueger is a junior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Brien turning heads at D-backs camp

O'Brien turning heads at D-backs camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It can get a little slow during the first week of Spring Training when it is just pitchers and catchers in camp, but this year at Salt River Fields, D-backs catcher Peter O'Brien has made batting practice a must-see event.

O'Brien, acquired from the Yankees last July 31 in exchange for Martin Prado, is likely to start the season in the Minors, but the team loves his bat and believes he is improving enough defensively where he can stay behind the plate.

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Ziegler throws off mound for first time since knee surgery

Ziegler throws off mound for first time since knee surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

Ziegler threw 16 pitches, all fastballs.

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Hudson happy to have 'normal' spring with D-backs

After two years of rehabbing elbow, righty healthy at start of camp

Hudson happy to have 'normal' spring with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If nothing else, the past two-plus years have taught D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson the value of patience, and he's certainly had plenty of practice at taking things day by day.

That will come in handy this spring, as a determination as to whether Hudson is used as a starter or reliever will evolve as camp goes on.

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Big Unit addresses D-backs hurlers in camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson made his second appearance of the spring at D-backs camp Monday, and this time addressed the pitchers as a group before their morning workout.

"He was great with the guys," Arizona manager Chip Hale said.

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Manfred discusses pace of game with D-backs

Manfred discusses pace of game with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Rob Manfred stopped by Salt River Fields on Tuesday morning to meet briefly with D-backs players before they began their morning workout.

"I just think it's important for the players that I haven't worked with during [labor] negotiations to have a chance to see the Commissioner," Manfred said.

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D-backs agree to new TV deal with FOX

New deal said to be for 15 years, more than $1.5 billion

D-backs agree to new TV deal with FOX

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall could not get into the specifics of the new deal the D-backs reached recently with FOX Sports Arizona to continue to broadcast games well into the future, but he could describe the impact it would have on the organization.

"This is game-changing for us," Hall said. "It puts us on par with a lot of our colleagues. Any increase in revenues as we've said in the past will go directly towards our [team] so it will help our product on the field."

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Right versus left no issue for Hale in rotation

New manager will take five best prepared starters

Right versus left no issue for Hale in rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are three open spots in the D-backs rotation behind Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson and almost a dozen candidates to fill those slots.

With both Collmenter and Hellickson being right-handed, D-backs manager Chip Hale was asked Sunday if it was important for a left-hander to win at least one of the final three spots.

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Barry M. Bloom

Revamped front office key to turnaround

La Russa, Stewart lead staff with help from Johnson, Gonzo

Revamped front office key to turnaround

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have washed away the immediate past, utilizing Major League Baseball's storied past to do it. As pitchers threw their bullpens in the cages at the gleaming Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex on Sunday, general manager Dave Stewart and his new assistant Joe Carter were watching them work. Tony La Russa, the club's chief baseball operator, rode a golf cart from field to field and station to station.

Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson -- two former D-backs stars who are among a quartet of special assistants to team president Derrick Hall -- were not even on the premises. That's a whole lot of baseball expertise for Arizona players of any level to tap into.

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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.

D-backs Fan Fest draws huge crowd

D-backs Fan Fest draws huge crowd

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chip Hale has been with some organizations where getting players to attend fan events was not always easy, but the D-backs manager had no such trouble with his team when it came to Sunday's Subway Fan Fest at Chase Field.

"It's fantastic," Hale said of the event. "I try to tell the players and the players are really good about it here. They're excited to see our fans. Once you get into it and see the electricity of the fans and the energy that they have it kind of gets you pumped up for Spring Training."

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Attention to detail could put Hernandez in bigs

Catcher's defensive skills believed to be Major League-ready

Attention to detail could put Hernandez in bigs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Following Saturday's practice, D-backs catcher Oscar Hernandez sat in front of his locker and began writing on a small yellow pad.

Hernandez had just finished catching some bullpen sessions, and while it was still fresh in his mind, he wanted to make sure he noted what pitches a particular pitcher threw and what that pitcher was working on.

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Goldy gets 'huge honor' of college retiring number

D-backs star is first baseball player to get accolade from Texas State

Goldy gets 'huge honor' of college retiring number

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When he showed up to play baseball at Texas State University, Paul Goldschmidt was given uniform No. 37 in large part because it was the jersey that was big enough to fit him.

Turns out Goldschmidt will be the last person to wear 37 as Texas State surprised the D-backs first baseman a couple of weeks ago with the news that it was retiring his number.

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Locante shows off 'electric stuff' in D-backs camp

Reliever impressive in first official bullpen session

Locante shows off 'electric stuff' in D-backs camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs left-hander Will Locante could not help but notice the difference between throwing a bullpen session in Major League camp as opposed to over on the Minor League side.

The 25-year-old threw a bullpen Saturday afternoon, his first since camp officially opened, but his fourth since arriving in Arizona earlier in the month.

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Cuban prospect Lopez: Joining D-backs dream come true

Cuban prospect Lopez: Joining D-backs dream come true

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Growing up in Cuba, Yoan Lopez was a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The team became a big fan of Lopez this past winter after watching him pitch, and it gave Lopez a signing bonus of a little more than $8 million to join the organization.

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Big Unit advises D-backs' hurlers to be mentally tough

Big Unit advises D-backs' hurlers to be mentally tough

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As the D-backs' coaching staff wrapped up its meeting early Friday morning, manager Chip Hale asked the 6-foot-10 guest if he had anything he wanted to add.

Turns out Hall of Fame electee Randy Johnson did.

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La Russa impressed by D-backs' arms

La Russa impressed by D-backs' arms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tony La Russa was in his element Friday. Well, sort of.

The D-backs' chief baseball officer was wearing a baseball hat and watching pitchers and catchers go through a Spring Training workout. But rather than wearing a uniform, he was in a sweat suit. It's a new role for someone who had a Hall of Fame career as a manager.

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D-backs begin new era under Hale

Roster, front office overhauled during offseason

D-backs begin new era under Hale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training on Thursday and there were plenty of unfamiliar faces after the new baseball department overhauled last year's 98-loss team this winter.

So many, in fact, that veteran holdover Josh Collmenter was asked if players should wear nametags.

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D-backs' single-game tickets available now

D-backs' single-game tickets available now

PHOENIX -- Single-game tickets for the D-backs' 2015 regular season will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. MT. Tickets can be purchased online, at Chase Field or by phone at (602) 514-8400.

The D-backs' home opener will be April 6 against the defending World Series champion Giants at 7:10 p.m.

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Goldschmidt to wear protective pad on left hand

First baseman's 2014 season cut short by fracture

Goldschmidt to wear protective pad on left hand

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will wear a protective pad on his left hand after fracturing the hand last year.

"I have a pad. I'll probably put it underneath my batting glove or in my batting glove," Goldschmidt said. "Not that it's necessary, but it just seems silly, if it's non-invasive, to not wear it."

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Trumbo wins arbitration hearing, to earn $6.9 million

Trumbo wins arbitration hearing, to earn $6.9 million

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs lost their arbitration case with outfielder Mark Trumbo and will pay him $6.9 million in 2015.

The D-backs had filed a $5.3 million figure.

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Rotation tops D-backs' Spring Training questions

Third base, catcher also among intriguing spots with camp set to begin

Rotation tops D-backs' Spring Training questions

PHOENIX -- D-backs pitchers and catchers will report to Salt River Fields on Thursday for the first of 45 days of Spring Training, and with lots of new faces and competition throughout the roster, it's a good bet the team will need just about all of those days to settle on the Opening Day roster.

First-year manager Chip Hale will push the competition angle hard during the spring. In answer to questions about various positions or spots on the pitching staff, Hale typically responds with some variation of whoever plays the best will play the most.

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