Source: D-backs nearing deal with Blanco

Source: D-backs nearing deal with Blanco

PHOENIX -- The D-backs are close to signing outfielder Gregor Blanco to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, a source confirmed.

The news was first reported by Manolo Hernandez of BeisbolPorGotas.com. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that Blanco would make a $1 million base salary if he is on the Major League roster. The club has not confirmed either report.

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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

Watch HOF announcement coverage live, 3 MT today

Watch HOF announcement coverage live, 3 MT today

NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

As many as five candidates -- and possibly six -- could be elected according to the public ballots amassed online, with Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell looking all but certain, plus Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman hovering around the 75 percent threshold. Even Edgar Martinez has made huge gains from last year and is within reach of election.

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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 prospect Banda focused on consistency

At RCDP, 23-year-old southpaw shares goals heading into 2017 campaign

D-backs prospect Banda focused on consistency

Anthony Banda has catapulted to the top tier of D-backs prospects, ranked No. 2 according to MLBPipeline.com after turning in a strong 2016 campaign between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

Arizona wanted the left-hander from the get-go, drafting him in the 33rd round in 2011, only to see him elect to pitch in college and be drafted by Milwaukee in the 10th round the next year. But the D-backs were persistent, and acquired Banda as part of the return in the trade that sent outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Brewers in '14.

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

D-backs add catcher Iannetta

D-backs add catcher Iannetta

The D-backs and catcher Chris Iannetta have agreed to a deal, the club announced on Friday.

According to the Arizona Republic, it is a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.

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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 avoid arbitration with four players

Corbin, Delgado, Owings and Herrmann agree to one-year deals

D-backs avoid arbitration with four players

The D-backs avoided arbitration with four players on Friday, the team announced. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, right-hander Randall Delgado, infielder Chris Owings and catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann all agreed to one-year contracts for 2017. The team did not disclose the terms of the deals.

Arizona has two arbitration-eligible players remaining. However, they are the club's two biggest names on that front -- Shelby Miller, the return from last offseason's trade that sent Dansby Swanson to Atlanta, and Taijuan Walker, the return from the November trade that sent Jean Segura to Seattle.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs sign Hoover to Minors deal

D-backs sign Hoover to Minors deal

The D-backs signed free-agent reliever J.J. Hoover to a Minor League contract on Friday.

The deal could be worth $900,000 if Hoover makes the club, plus $425,000 in incentives for appearances, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs' Burr treats dad to Fantasy Camp

Minor League pitcher grew up watching father play baseball

D-backs' Burr treats dad to Fantasy Camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Burr's love of baseball was a gift from his father, Scott, who raised the D-backs Minor League right-hander around the game almost from the time he was born.

Last month, Ryan repaid the favor by giving his dad the gift of getting to play baseball once again.

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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.

O-Dog brings excitement, energy to D-backs Fantasy Camp

O-Dog brings excitement, energy to D-backs Fantasy Camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You hear Orlando Hudson before you see him.

This week, during the D-backs' 12th Annual Fantasy Camp, his voice echoes throughout Salt River Fields.

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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.

Breaking down Schilling's Hall of Fame case

Six-time All-Star on ballot for 5th year

Breaking down Schilling's Hall of Fame case

Curt Schilling is in his fifth year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, meaning if he's not elected this year, he'll be halfway through his 10-year window for election by voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

A six-time All-Star, Schilling played for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, D-backs and Red Sox and won three World Series over his 20-year career. He received 52.3 percent of the vote on the 2016 ballot, falling short of the 75-percent threshold needed for induction into Cooperstown.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wieters could fill D-backs' need at catcher

Wieters could fill D-backs' need at catcher

PHOENIX -- It's that time of the offseason for a pre-Spring Training bold prediction; something that could happen before camp opens next month, but is not likely.

So here it goes: The D-backs will sign free-agent catcher Matt Wieters.

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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.

Bloomquist enjoying reunion with D-backs

Bloomquist enjoying reunion with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When he was a player, Willie Bloomquist would arrive at the Major League complex in January to prepare for Spring Training and couldn't help but notice a bunch of guys running around in big league uniforms with decidedly un-big league like skills.

"I've always seemed to be at the complex when the teams I played with had their Fantasy Camps going on," Bloomquist said. "And you see them all week always laughing and having a good time."

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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.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Hazen expects to be active over next few weeks

D-backs GM still seeking relief, catching help

Hazen expects to be active over next few weeks

PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball's Hot Stove typically cools over the holidays, but with Spring Training just over a month away D-backs general manager Mike Hazen expects it to heat up again.

"I'm sure the conversations and the activity will pick up over the next few weeks," Hazen said earlier this week.

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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 file suit against county to seek other stadium partners

PHOENIX -- Seeking relief to look at alternative stadium options or partnerships, the Arizona Diamondbacks filed suit today in Maricopa County Superior Court against the Maricopa County Stadium District.

"It is extremely unfortunate that we have been forced to take action today following several years of attempts to resolve this matter out of court," D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement. "We have made a promise to our fans, who have been partners with us on the building of this stadium and our franchise, to provide the best experience in all of baseball in a safe and welcoming environment. The inability of the Maricopa County Stadium District to fulfill its commitments has left us with no other option."

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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 deal O'Brien to Royals for pitcher

D-backs deal O'Brien to Royals for pitcher

PHOENIX -- The D-backs acquired right-hander Sam Lewis from the Royals on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Peter O'Brien.

O'Brien had been designated for assignment last week after the club claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Reds.

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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.

De La Rosa returning to D-backs

Righty agrees to Minor League deal, will compete for bullpen role

De La Rosa returning to D-backs

The D-backs have decided to bring back Rubby De La Rosa for 2017, signing the right-handed pitcher to a Minor League deal after non-tendering him in December.

Arizona has hopes to convert De La Rosa from a starter to a reliever in an effort to limit his trips to the disabled list. The 27-year-old native of the Dominican Republic underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed most of the final four months of the 2016 season with more elbow troubles.

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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.

New regime seeking better results in 2017

New regime seeking better results in 2017

PHOENIX -- New general manager Mike Hazen could have come in and torn apart the D-backs' core this winter and started fresh following a disappointing 69-93 season, but after looking at what he inherited, Hazen decided it was wiser to tinker around the edges.

That gives the core players a chance to show that 2016 was an aberration and not a true measure of their abilities.

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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.

Source: Murphy, Goldy to play for US in Classic

Source: Murphy, Goldy to play for US in Classic

The United States added two more All-Stars to what is turning into a powerful national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have committed to play for Team USA in the Classic, set for March 2017, sources tell MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

Murphy and Goldschmidt are the last two National League Most Valuable Player runner-ups, with Goldschmidt placing second in the voting in 2015 and Murphy doing so this past season.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs unable to fulfill promise in 2016

Club pushes reset after season that started with key injury, stumbles

D-backs unable to fulfill promise in 2016

PHOENIX -- The D-backs went into 2016 looking like contenders, based on a splashy offseason that included the additions of free-agent ace Zack Greinke and right-hander Shelby Miller.

But after a season filled with disappointment and underachievement -- including a 69-93 record and a fourth-place finish in the National League West -- the organization is eager to flip the calendar to 2017.

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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.

Most amazing National League games of 2016

Most amazing National League games of 2016

The 2016 season in Major League Baseball was one of inspiring feats of athleticism, ballparks packed with ecstatic fans and the undeniable drama that comes with America's pastime. At the end of the 162-game push and an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League.

But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Could Tomas be on the move?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from Arizona fans

Inbox: Could Tomas be on the move?

With the new emphasis on defense, what happens to Yasmany Tomas?
-- Bob S., Oro Valley, Ariz.

I really don't see Tomas' role changing much from last year. Ideally, the D-backs would be able to move him to an American League team, where he could serve as a designated hitter. That would both help the outfield defense as well as give Arizona more payroll flexibility. However, there are a lot of sluggers on the market this offseason, which makes it harder to trade him.

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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.

Baylor tops Boise State in Cactus Bowl at Chase Field

Baylor tops Boise State in Cactus Bowl at Chase Field

PHOENIX -- Chase Field is an offensive-friendly park and on Tuesday night Baylor showed that reputation extends beyond the diamond and onto the gridiron.

The Baylor Bears put up 515 yards of offense, snapped a six-game losing streak and cruised to a 31-12 win over Boise State in the 28th annual Cactus Bowl.

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

Lamb has lots to 'Buzz' about for holidays

D-backs 3B loves Christmas in Seattle; NYE could bring an extra gift

Lamb has lots to 'Buzz' about for holidays

PHOENIX -- The holidays are filled with family time for D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, who spends the offseason in his hometown of Seattle, and this year, his time there will include a heavy dose of University of Washington football.

While it was a good year on the field for Lamb, it was even better for his Huskies, who finished the regular season ranked No. 4 and will play Alabama on New Year's Eve in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, with the winner playing in the National Championship Game.

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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, OF Arcia agree to Minors deal

D-backs, OF Arcia agree to Minors deal

The D-backs have agreed with outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. The club did not disclose terms of the deal.

Arcia, who turns 26 in May, spent last season with the Twins, Rays, Marlins and Padres. He hit .203/.270/.366 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 69 games overall.

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

D-backs add Sampson on Minors deal

D-backs add Sampson on Minors deal

The D-backs have signed free agent right-hander Keyvius Sampson to a Minor League deal.

Sampson will compete for a bullpen spot with the D-backs in Spring Training.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big Unit returns to D-backs holiday event for underprivileged kids

Big Unit returns to D-backs holiday event for underprivileged kids

PHOENIX -- After he joined the D-backs in 1999, Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson would pass out shoes to underprivileged kids in the stadium's rotunda area each Christmas.

Over the years, the D-backs' Winter Classic Holiday Party, presented by University of Phoenix, has grown. It's now held on the field, and while more than 600 children still received shoes, the event has become even more. Even Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made an appearance to speak with the kids.

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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 Homeward Bound kids shopping

Front-office members guide 30 children on $250 spree

D-backs take Homeward Bound kids shopping

PHOENIX -- The 30 kids from Homeward Bound had some difficult decisions to make Tuesday night as they roamed the aisles of a local Target.

As part of their Homeward Bound Shopping Spree, the D-backs gave each child $250 to spend at a Phoenix-area Target store.

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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' 'Baseball Actually' spoof on 'Love Actually'

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D-backs' 'Baseball Actually' spoof on 'Love Actually'

'Tis the holiday season -- the season of giving, family, and, of course, classic Christmas movies. The D-backs paid tribute to one of the newest classic Christmas flicks, "Love Actually." If you've seen the film, you'll recall it opens with a particularly poignant scene in Heathrow Airport noting that, even in the darkest of times, "love actually is all around."

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Rodney excited to start anew with D-backs

Rodney excited to start anew with D-backs

PHOENIX -- New D-backs closer Fernando Rodney joked that he's already placed an order for 45 invisible arrows, one for every save he hopes to rack up in 2017, and he plans to launch them into the sky from the mound with his new teammates after each victory.

Rodney's postgame bow-and-arrow celebration is well known in baseball circles. It's also no secret that he'll be expected to fill the void at the back end of the bullpen left by veterans Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard, who were traded prior to last seaon's Trade Deadline.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Greene, 2-way talent highlight Top 50 Draft Prospects list

Greene, 2-way talent highlight Top 50 Draft Prospects list

For the second year in a row, MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is topped by a high school pitcher. There's still a long way to go between now and June -- last year's early No. 1 Jason Groome eventually went No. 12 overall to the Red Sox -- but there is no question that Hunter Greene is the best overall talent in the Class of 2017.

A two-way star at Notre Dame High School in Southern California (the same school Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton attended), Greene is preferred by some for his ability as a hitter and an infielder, but the vast majority think the right-hander has the chance to be an elite performer on the mound. A prep right-handed pitcher has never been the No. 1 overall pick in the history of the Draft, but does Greene and his stuff plus athleticism give him the chance to be the first?

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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.