PHOENIX -- With a little more than three weeks until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart says his team's payroll is at $91.5 million, a number the club is comfortable with maintaining.
PHOENIX -- During his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.
For Grace, it seemed that Banks, who passed away Friday night at the age of 83, was simply too good to be true.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas has only been working out for a few days at the D-backs' Spring Training facility, but already the team likes what it has seen from him at third base.
Tomas, who was signed by the D-backs to a six-year, $68.5 million deal last month, was primarily an outfielder while in Cuba, but also played some third base. He has been working at third the last few days under the tutelage of former Major League infielder Andy Green, Minor League coach Tony Perezchica, manager Chip Hale and assistant hitting coach Mark Grace.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Over the past two months, the D-backs have made waves internationally, and the culmination of those efforts came together Thursday afternoon in two different events 350 miles apart. At the same time the team's biggest on-field signing of the winter, Cuban Yasmany Tomas was meeting with the media for the first time at Salt River Fields, a group of D-backs executives descended upon Hermosillo, Mexico, for a news conference to announce their upcoming exhibition game on March 29.
The official announcement of the exhibition game against the Colorado Rockies had been eagerly anticipated in Mexico, where the D-backs have played nine previous times in Phoenix's sister city.
PHOENIX -- Chip Hale gathered his players together following the loss, the disappointment visible on his face.
"I want you to go back into the clubhouse, and during lunch, think about how you can be better for the second game today," Hale told the team.
MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was not like Australians Greg Milburn and Jamie Bishop knew a lot about the Arizona Diamondbacks when they signed up for the team's 10th annual Fantasy Camp, which took place last week at Salt River Fields.
But the pair did have a little background with the D-backs after Arizona opened the 2014 regular season in Sydney with a pair of games against the Dodgers.
The Major League team that could put together the best band might reside within the D-backs clubhouse.
Right-hander Bronson Arroyo joined MLB Network's Hot Stove on Monday to talk about his health for this upcoming season, but not before talk ventured toward the club's various talented musicians. Mark Trumbo, Aaron Hill and Arroyo recently played a show onstage where Trumbo and Hill provided the guitar, and Arroyo, normally a guitar player himself, provided the vocals.
The D-backs officially agreed to terms Saturday on a Minor League contract with Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez.
Lopez, 21, played three seasons for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba's Serie Nacional de Beisbol from 2011-14. In 47 games (39 starts), he put together a 15-13 record and a 3.76 ERA, with 117 strikeouts in 232 innings.
The D-backs announced their promotional schedule for the 2015 season on Monday, highlighted by the retirement of Randy Johnson's No. 51 uniform, five bobblehead giveaways and theme nights throughout the year.
Johnson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer -- he'll be wearing a D-backs cap on his plaque -- and the club will honor the starting pitcher with a special bobblehead giveaway on July 25, which coincides with Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown. The organization will retire his uniform number during a special ceremony on Aug. 8, when Arizona welcomes the Reds.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Jim Marshall, the D-backs' senior advisor, Pacific Rim operations, will receive the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's Legends in Scouting Award on Saturday night at the annual "In the Spirit of the Game" banquet in Los Angeles.
Marshall, 83, has been with Arizona since 1996. He maintains the D-backs' relations with baseball organizations in Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He helped introduce the club to Japan and Asia, a job that involved making transactions to send players to Japan and scouting players in Asia to potentially sign.
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer as a member of the D-backs.
Johnson told club president Derrick Hall about his decision on Thursday and the Hall of Fame made a formal announcement on Friday morning. In addition, the D-backs will retire Johnson's No. 51 in a ceremony at Chase Field on Aug. 8.
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- It never hurts to be a bit self-deprecating, D-backs president Derrick Hall said on Thursday night. And then he and his staff went out and proved it during the club's fourth annual Most Valuable Partner show and dinner in the theater at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.
The show, cast in a late night television comedy format with Hall hosting as a little bit Jimmy Fallon and a little bit Jimmy Kimmel, started off with a bang, as Hall showed a video highlight of the D-backs' forgettable 64-98, 2014 season. It lasted all of about 15 seconds with sidekick Cullen Maxey, the team's executive vice president of business operations, noting that the highlight was the season's last pitch.
The D-backs have avoided arbitration with newly-acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2015 season.
The team made the news official on Friday morning. CBSSports.com previously reported that Hellickson will make $4.275 million in 2015 after making $3.625 million last year with the Rays.
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The D-backs are no longer in the market for a starting catcher to replace Miguel Montero, general manager Dave Stewart told MLB.com on Thursday.
Stewart said the D-backs have made an organizational decision to stick with Tuffy Gosewisch as the starter and Oscar Hernandez as the backup, with the hope that prospect Peter O'Brien will have advanced enough to make the team during Spring Training.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Jaxon Matthew Russell was born on Sept. 26, 2012, all seemed normal to his parents, Shannon and Miranda, but in a matter of hours that would change.
"We didn't know anything was wrong with him," Shannon recalled Wednesday after participating in the D-backs' 10th annual Fantasy Camp. "He was born, everything seemed fine and then four hours after he was born his legs turned blue and we knew something was wrong."
Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with the D-backs. The club has not confirmed the deal, but "it's all pending a physical right now," D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said.
The deal would be the largest under new international guidelines. The Angels set the mark last week when they gave Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin an $8 million bonus.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are set to host the third annual D-backs Race Against Cancer on May 2.
The race, presented by the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, will take place in the streets of downtown Phoenix and will conclude with a lap around the bases at Chase Field.
PHOENIX -- The future is now for D-backs, and the search is on for the best players in the world.
"I think our direction is really to find impactful players to come into our organization, whether that be another young Cuban player coming from the Dominican or becoming a free agent or a top player from Venezuela [or the Dominican Republic], our goal is to find the most impactful players to bring into this organization," said D-backs senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson last month at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. "The primary focus is to try to impact our organization internally and grow our own players. If we're able to do that, I think it's going to impact our big league club in the future. But right now, our focus is to find the best talent that is walking on the planet."
Note: Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
The ballpark that starred as a Holiday Wonderland last month is transitioning again.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Back in 1996, Mike Moore and Grant Woods were a pair of state attorneys general who teamed up with others to fight 13 tobacco companies in a landmark lawsuit.
This week, the two are back together, this time to play baseball at the D-backs' 10th annual Fantasy Camp taking place at Salt River Fields.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are holding their 10th annual Fantasy Camp this week at their Spring Training complex at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
After participating in the D-backs' first Fantasy Camp 10 years ago, Don Kucharek vowed he would not return. Not because he didn't enjoy it, but rather because he felt it was such an amazing experience he would never be able to match.
Ariel Prieto has been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League staff as a coach and translator, as announced by D-backs senior vice president and general manager Dave Stewart on Monday.
Prieto, 45, joins the D-backs after serving in the same capacity with the Oakland A's from 2012-14. The former Major League pitcher was instrumental in Yoenis Cespedes' transition to the United States upon his arrival from Cuba in 2012. He also has the ability to throw ambidextrous batting practice.
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling was an accomplished pitcher before the 2000 trade that brought him to the D-backs to team with Randy Johnson, but over the four years that followed, Schilling took his game to another level.
The right-hander joined the D-backs midway through the 2000 season, and one year later, he and Johnson combined to go 43-12 as Arizona rolled to the National League West title. Eventually, the pair would be named co-Most Valuable Player Award winners after the D-backs' thrilling seven-game World Series win against the Yankees.
D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall interacted with fans during a chat on Instagram today. Hall answered questions about Randy Johnson's new role with the club, where Tomas will start the season, and who will be catching for the D-backs in 2015.
Hall: Welcome to today's chat. We are excited to again coordinate one through Instagram.
NEW YORK -- The many facets of Randy Johnson were on display Wednesday as the Class of 2015 was introduced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame during a media conference.
Photographer, USO volunteer, new special assistant with the D-backs, former left-handed pitcher for six teams -- Arizona twice -- and now utterly eloquent.
NEW YORK -- For the Class of 2015, the next stop is Cooperstown, N.Y.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were officially introduced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the latest inductees during a Wednesday news conference at the Waldorf Astoria.
Spring is officially on the horizon.
Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.
The D-backs have signed veteran infielder Nick Punto to a Minor League deal with an invite to their big league Spring Training camp, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed the signing.
Punto, 37, has played multiple infield positions in his 14-year career, and he will combine with Chad Pennington to back up third baseman Yasmany Tomas, shortstop Chris Owings and second baseman Aaron Hill.
ANAHEIM -- John McDonald, who willed his way through a 16-year career with eight different teams as a backup infielder, has decided to retire from the game at age 40. News of his decision spread Wednesday, when four teams -- the Indians, Blue Jays, D-backs and Angels -- offered up congratulations through their individual Twitter accounts.
McDonald was that popular.