Source: D-backs sign Mathis, non-tender Castillo

Source: D-backs sign Mathis, non-tender Castillo

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have agreed to terms with catcher Jeff Mathis on a two-year, $4 million contract, a baseball source confirmed on Friday night. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Fan Rag Sports was the first to report the deal, while The Arizona Republic had the contract terms.

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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.

D-backs put Fitzgerald in charge of analytics

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have hired Mike Fitzgerald to lead their analytics department as the organization looks to expand its footprint in that area.

The 28-year-old Fitzgerald comes over from the Pirates, with whom he spent the past five seasons as a quantitative analyst in the baseball operations department. His title for the D-backs will be director of research and development.

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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.

Excited Walker looking forward to pain-free 2017

New D-backs hurler had offseason surgery on right ankle, which limited him in '16

Excited Walker looking forward to pain-free 2017

PHOENIX -- It was the night before Thanksgiving and Taijuan Walker was hanging out with friends and family when his agent called to tell him he had just been traded from the Mariners to the D-backs as part of a five-player deal.

"At first I didn't believe him," Walker said. "Then [Mariners general manager Jerry] Dipoto called and we talked. At first it was a shock, coming up with the Mariners, getting drafted by the Mariners, the goal is to try to be with one team. But I'm super excited to be with the Diamondbacks. They have such a young core of players, and I'm excited to be a part of it."

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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.

D-backs hold intriguing chips for Meetings

New GM Hazen will focus on bullpen, payroll flexibility

D-backs hold intriguing chips for Meetings

PHOENIX -- Last year the D-backs were the talk of the Winter Meetings, having signed Zack Greinke to a $206.5 million pact just days before the annual event and swinging a big deal for right-hander Shelby Miller once it began.

This year, the D-backs will be under new management at the Winter Meetings, which run Monday through Thursday in Washington, with general manager Mike Hazen taking over for the dismissed Dave Stewart.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hall, Gonzo shave beards, but cancer fight continues

With deadly disease hitting close to home, D-backs again participate in 'Let Your Humankindness Grow'

Hall, Gonzo shave beards, but cancer fight continues

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are a franchise that has been plagued by cancer. Ken Kendrick, the managing general partner, is a prostate cancer survivor. So is team president Derrick Hall, whose father died of pancreatic cancer, and Hall's wife, Amy, is now battling triple-negative breast cancer.

Others in the organization have passed away from various forms of this insidious disease.

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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.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: D-backs' Miller

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: D-backs' Miller

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hazen making moves to improve pitching, OF defense

New GM already active before Winter Meetings

Hazen making moves to improve pitching, OF defense

PHOENIX -- New general manager Mike Hazen did not wait until the Winter Meetings to get started on his plan to retool the Arizona Diamondbacks, but there is still much work to be done when Major League Baseball's decision-makers gather next week.

On Thanksgiving Eve, the D-backs pulled off a five-player trade with the Mariners that netted right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte while jettisoning infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and lefty Zac Curtis.

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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.

Baseball runs on passion, hope in Dominican

D-backs help D.R. youth pursue education while developing on field at academy

Baseball runs on passion, hope in Dominican

Baseball is a universal language. Like any language, there are different dialects, and the Dominican Republic's is one marked with passion and hope.

"Baseball is like an exit," D-backs vice president of international operations Junior Noboa said. "It's the goal for the young kids as they see a better future for themselves and their families. That's why they have a lot of passion in baseball."

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Kyle Payne is a social media coordinator for the D-backs and contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reno Aces have lit up the infield with holiday lights

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Reno Aces have lit up the infield with holiday lights

Once Thanksgiving ends, the holiday season begins. Stores play Christmas songs with reckless abandon, kids line up to meet Santa Claus and the suburbs come ablaze in holiday lights. The Reno Aces, the D-backs' Triple-A affiliate, have put your neighbor's 800,000 watt display to shame with their minimalist infield look. 

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De La Rosa overcomes poverty to make Majors

D-backs star righty had to balance school, baseball and work in Dominican Republic

De La Rosa overcomes poverty to make Majors

Rubby De La Rosa wasn't gifted an easy or comfortable life. The day after De La Rosa was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, his mother sent him to live with his grandmother. While she looked after him as best she could, it was a poverty-stricken childhood for the future D-backs pitcher.

"A lot of days, I would have only one or two meals, and sometimes I wouldn't have any," De La Rosa said. "I only had one pair of shoes to go to school, to play baseball, to do everything pretty much."

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Kyle Payne is a social media coordinator for the D-backs and contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs get Walker in 5-player trade with Mariners

Hazen's first deal as GM sends Segura to Seattle

D-backs get Walker in 5-player trade with Mariners

PHOENIX -- Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

The D-backs got younger and picked up extra years of club control in the deal, banking on the upside of Walker and Marte while dealing Segura on the heels of a career year when he hit .319 with 20 homers and 33 stolen bases.

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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.

D-backs give thanks through classroom grants

'School Challenge' partnership has sent funds to teachers since 2012

D-backs give thanks through classroom grants

PHOENIX -- When setting up a statewide grant program for teachers, the D-backs did their homework.

They talked to superintendents, principals and teachers to try to understand how to most effectively distribute funds.

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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.

D-backs' Miller on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

D-backs' Miller on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

The Arizona Fall League's six-week season concluded with Saturday's championship game. And while it can be difficult to evaluate players in such a limited amount of time, especially with frequent roster fluctuations, some performances in the Fall League simply stand out more than others.

Here is a lineup of prospects who impressed in this year's Fall League as MLBPipeline.com's All-AFL Team:

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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.

Baseball, hometown close to Castillo's heart

Catcher's love of game, Dominican Republic neighborhood intertwined

Baseball, hometown close to Castillo's heart

A tale of two streets. That's the story of Welington Castillo.

Born and raised in a town called San Isidro near the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo, the catcher nicknamed "Beef Mode" was molded by his family, friends and a baseball field all within just two poorly paved streets.

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Kyle Payne is a social media coordinator for the D-backs and contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs protect 6 prospects from Rule 5

Banda, Leyba, Lugo, Reinheimer, Sherfy, Vargas added to 40-man roster

D-backs protect 6 prospects from Rule 5

PHOENIX -- The D-backs set their 40-man roster Friday, adding six players while also losing six in the process.

Left-hander Anthony Banda, infielder Domingo Leyba, infielder Dawel Lugo, infielder Jack Reinheimer, right-hander Jimmie Sherfy and infielder Ildemaro Vargas were added to the roster, which protects them from being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Miller among Fall League's top breakout prospects

Miller among Fall League's top breakout prospects

The 25th season of the Arizona Fall League is now complete, and the silver anniversary edition of the league was one of the best in terms of top prospects and outstanding performances.

It wasn't just the elite-level prospects and the more known names who stood out, though it was certainly exciting to see the Gleyber Torreses of the world live up to, and exceed, expectations. But every year, the AFL helps the more under-the-radar types put themselves more firmly on the prospect map.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gardenhire among D-backs' coaching staff hires

Gardenhire among D-backs' coaching staff hires

PHOENIX -- New D-backs manager Torey Lovullo did not have to look far when filling out his coaching staff with only one -- former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire -- coming from outside the organization.

Gardenhire, who won the 2010 American League Manager of the Year Award and guided the Twins to the highest winning percentage (.507) of any manager in that team's history, will serve as Lovullo's bench coach.

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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.

D-backs' DR academy hitting educational goals

D-backs' DR academy hitting educational goals

Every team has an academy in the Dominican Republic where they work to train a young generation of talent to become Major League ballplayers. The D-backs are no exception, but they have something no other team does: their one-of-a-kind education program.

Other organizations offer classes for their players, but the D-backs ensure every student can earn a high school diploma, even if they are released by the team, a unique guarantee. Additionally, other teams may stop providing schooling once a player leaves the academy for the United States, but the D-backs are different.

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Original D-backs coach Sherlock leaves for Mets

Original D-backs coach Sherlock leaves for Mets

PHOENIX -- It was not an easy decision for Glenn Sherlock to make, but after 21 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, the bench coach is moving on to the Mets, where he will coach third base under manager Terry Collins.

Sherlock was hired by the D-backs in the fall of 1995 by then-manager Buck Showalter. The D-backs were not set to begin play until 1998, and for the next two years, Sherlock served as the organization's catching coordinator and helped scout for the Expansion Draft.

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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.

D-backs make small changes in uniforms

D-backs make small changes in uniforms

PHOENIX -- One year after introducing cutting-edge uniforms, the D-backs will make a few minor tweaks to them for the 2017 season.

The biggest differences is that the pants on both the home and road uniforms will no longer have the color gradient on the calves, and the stripe on the sides of the pants will go all the way to the waist instead of three-quarters of the way up as they were last year.

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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.

Future D-backs develop in Dominican Instrux

Prospects hone fundamentals in contests vs. other MLB academies

Future D-backs develop in Dominican Instrux

This may be surprising, but baseball season is far from over. In fact, it's very much alive and well down in the Dominican Republic, where young Latin American prospects are participating in the Instructional League. For the D-backs, this occurs at the team's academy in a part of Boca Chica called Baseball City.

This year, the D-backs have about 96 players in two teams participating in their Instructional League program. From mid-October through the end of November, the players are put through the Dominican version of Major League Spring Training, spending the early mornings working on drills before participating in games against other academies.

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Kyle Payne is a social media coordinator for the D-backs and contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke honored for glovework

Greinke honored for glovework

D-backs ace Zack Greinke was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the pitcher position on Friday night.

The designation for Greinke -- the first Defensive Player Award of his career -- comes on the heels of winning his third consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday after the conclusion of his 13th Major League season.

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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.

Goldschmidt's charity bowling event a hit

Goldschmidt's charity bowling event a hit

PHOENIX -- If there was any doubt about the respect that D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt gets from his fellow players, all you had to do was look around to see who showed up to his charity event -- Goldy's Bowling Bash! -- on Thursday night.

Current teammates David Peralta, Archie Bradley and Robbie Ray were there, but so were former teammates such as Justin Upton of the Tigers and Miguel Montero of the Cubs.

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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.

Hazen 'fully anticipating' to keep Greinke

Hazen 'fully anticipating' to keep Greinke

PHOENIX -- Since taking over as general manager of the D-backs last month, Mike Hazen has been circumspect about what, if any, changes were to come for the team this offseason, but he was a little more open Wednesday on the future of ace pitcher Zack Greinke.

"Yeah, I would anticipate that he's going to be back next year," Hazen said when asked if he could definitively say he wouldn't deal Greinke. "We're fully anticipating that Zack is going to be back next year. Not too many teams have No. 1 starting pitchers, and we do."

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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.

Lovullo chats with fans on Twitter

New D-backs Manager Torey Lovullo answered questions from fans (in 140 characters or less) during a Twitter chat on Thursday, November 10.

Hey fans, this is new manager Torey Lovullo here to answer your questions. Proud to be a part of this #Dbacks community. #AskTorey

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Greinke wins 3rd consecutive Gold Glove Award

Greinke wins 3rd consecutive Gold Glove Award

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke captured his third straight National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday.

The award, which recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions, was voted on by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.

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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.

D-backs take pride in their Dominican academy

D-backs take pride in their Dominican academy

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic -- Latin Americans make up more than a quarter of MLB players. Almost all of them start their professional careers at an academy in the Dominican Republic like the D-backs' facility in Boca Chica.

Dozens of young Latin-born players attend the academy after signing at 16 or 17. They live, train, play and learn here under the supervision of D-backs coaches and staff members.

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Kyle Payne is a social media coordinator for the D-backs and contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.