SnakeBytes: Perez edition

Jamie Sabau

There's a new left-handed reliever in town... Will Oliver Perez be able to beat the curse of the LOOGYs for Arizona?

Recaps

  • [dbacks.com] Miley allows three hits with one walk and four strikeouts - "It felt good, located a little better today and got loose that last inning," Miley said. "That at-bat against Reddick kind of lost it for a second, but got through it. Threw all my pitches again. Threw some changeups, I wanted to throw more changeups today, and I did and it was a good pitch today, and just keep making progress."
  • [FOX Sports] D-backs game report: Friday, March 7 - Wade Miley gave struck out four, the biggest coming when he got Jed Lowrie on a slider with runners on first and third and catcher Henry Blanco threw out Billy Burns attempting to steal second to end the inning. Miley said, "Keep making progress. Obviously we're ahead of where we've been in the past, but I personally like it better. Rather than throw one or two innings, you can get into a groove."

Team news

  • [AZ Central] Coming soon: Oliver Perez - [Joe Thatcher] "avoided arbitration with a $2.375 million deal in January, but the money isn’t entirely guaranteed. If the Diamondbacks had to release him, they’d only be on the hook for about $580,000. But that’s a worst-case scenario. Given his track record, they might not have too much trouble trading him. Another team could also claim him if he wound up on waivers. Thatcher also has minor league options remaining, but as a player with five-plus years’ experience, he’d have to agree to go to the minors.:
  • [FOX Sports] D-backs gets good news on Arroyo - "As bad as it was a couple of days ago, you definitely don't want that during the season, because you are probably not going to make a start," Arroyo said. "I've gone through this every year. I've had to pitch with it as stiff as it is today, at least a couple of times during a season. It's just a constant battle of trying to feel good and your body not wanting to feel good. It's just what we do. Even in your young days, that's what it is. When you get older you have to be more meticulous about it."
  • [dbacks.com] Arroyo misses first start in career, plans not to miss another - In order to keep his streak alive, Arroyo pitched with Valley Fever and mononucleosis during Spring Training in 2011. "And they said I had whooping cough," Arroyo said with a laugh. However when he was running Sunday the pain in his back became severe and he knew there was a problem. "I was running some sprints and it locked me up really bad," Arroyo said. "About as good as I've ever been locked up, really... I couldn't pick my left leg up and I couldn't bend over. I wouldn't have been able to get dressed for the game."
  • [MLBTradeRumors] Offseason In Review: Arizona Diamondbacks - "In the aggregate, the D'backs gave up 23 years of control over those four prospects -- much of which will come at league minimum -- to shed Bell (along with $5.5MM of his salary) and add seven years of Trumbo and Reed (assuming both are not non-tendered at some point). While these moves probably make the team better for 2014, it is more than fair to wonder whether any near-term improvement is sufficient to have warranted that kind of sacrifice."
  • [AZ Starnet] Diamondbacks hire Feder as Southern Arizona liaison - "I’m pleased that the D-backs want to step up their efforts in the Tucson area," Feder, who was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, said in a news release. "We know there are a lot of D-backs fans in Tucson, so it will be my job to reach out and assist them with any of their needs as well as promote all D-backs initiatives."
  • [Phoenix Focus] Playing to win: Paul Goldschmidt - "Imagine a career where employees’ successes and failures are published every day. One in which being successful only 30 percent of the time can land you awards, accolades, higher salaries and contract extensions. It’s called baseball. And it’s the career Paul Goldschmidt has chosen to pursue."
  • [AZ Central] Healthy, happy Aaron Hill at the top of his game - "Obviously, things turned around a little bit," Hill said. "It’s been amazing. My family’s very happy here. Hopefully, it stays that way. I love this organization, I love the guys, I love the coaches, upper management. It’s a really good fit... I’m fortunate to have been in the game for a good bit now and hopefully I can continue my career for a long time. I’m in a great spot, I love the team. I just hope to stay here for a while."

And, elsewhere...

  • [Sydney Morning Herald] Big, beefy and totally American ... and that's just the food - "Sixty-centimetre hot dogs, thick-cut bacon dipped in maple syrup on sticks and super-sized nachos served in plastic baseball caps are just some of the artery-hardening items punters will be gorging on at this month's Major League Baseball Opening Series event."
  • [Phoenix Business Journal] Hall part of push to bring GOP convention to Phoenix - Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall is one of the key drivers of Phoenix’s effort to land the 2016 Republican National Convention. If the RNC lands in Phoenix, events would be held at Chase Field, the Phoenix Convention Center and US Airways Center. "I was honored to represent the business community in what is clearly a non-partisan desire to bolster our economy," said Hall.
  • [WSJ.com] Why the New York Mets Still Owe Bobby Bonilla Nearly $30 Million - And we thought our deferrals were bad! An old story but a good one: "A 47-year-old, past-his-prime power hitter who has a reputation as a malcontent—a player who has been retired from professional baseball for nine years and won't play another game again. Nevertheless, starting on July 1, 2011, Bobby Bonilla will remain on the franchise's payroll for 25 years, collecting an annual salary of $1,193,248.20."
  • Historic Films Stock Footage Archive: Search - baseball - The collection of stock footage here spans the years 1895 to 2010 and consists of over 50,000 hours of footage. Not all of it is baseball-related, but as this search shows, there's some interesting stuff.

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