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The Winter Meetings and Arizona: Rumors and News, Day 4

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Last day of the winter meetings, and I'm getting this post up particularly early, because the Rule 5 draft is scheduled to start at 9am, Florida time. I don't know about you, but I fully intend still to be giving it maximum Z's at that point. But it'll be mid-afternoon in Ireland, so I imagine our minor league specialist there, IHSB, will be keeping an eye to see whether we gain or lose anyone in the morning's transactions. Arizona has the third pick - the first benefit of that 97-loss season! Jonathan Mayo has a good primer on the process, and lists some of the names which have been left unprotected.

As over the previous three days, we'll update this piece with whatever's necessary, in regard to news from the draft or elsewhere on the final sessions in Orlando. [Updated: 4:00 pm]

The Diamondbacks did prove active in the Rule 5 draft, using that third pick to select left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson from the Giants [hat-tip: dbacks25].  Paterson is 24, and was San Francisco's tenth-round pick in 2007. The reliever has appeared in 175 minor-league games, and posted a 2.64 ERA. In 46 appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season, his ERA was 3.48, with a K:BB ratio of 49:24, in 54.1 innings. Per the rules, he has to be kept on the 25-man roster for all of this season, or be offered back to the Giants for half of the $50,000 which the Diamondbacks paid them for the player. I'll dig up some stuff on Paterson for 'Skins end of day recap.

Meanwhile, Arizona also lost a player, with Cesar Valdez going to the Pirates, as the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade [hat-tip also to dbacks25, who was up early this morning!]. Valdez appeared in nine games for the Diamondbacks last year, but posted an unimpressive 7.65 ERA, allowing 29 hits and 10 walks in twenty innings. He worked just shy of a hundred innings in Reno, with a 5.90 ERA there, and a K:BB ratio of 92:49. He is still fairly young (25), but had spent most of the past two years at Triple-A, without showing much sign of improvement. He feels more like a AAAA player than anything, so I've no problem at this point with his departure.

  • From late last night, Jon Heyman tweets we are indeed talking to Xavier Nady, pointing out that Towers signed Nady with the Padres as a second-round pick in 2009. He played for San Diego through 2005. 
  • Random factoid, also from Heyman. Carl Crawford is the first position player who has never hit 20 homers to get a $100 million contract. His $142 million deal with the Red Sox shatters the previous best for such a player, Ichiro's $90 million.
  • We also picked someone in the Triple-A portion of the draft (hat-tip IHSB), but looks like he will immediately be shipped to another team in a minor-league transaction (hat-tip dbacks25).
  • Nick Piecoro has a story up on both the Rule 5 picks, quoting Jerry DiPoto as saying of Patterson's bullpen spot, "He's going to have to lose that job. That being said, he has no previous major league experience. This will be his first test run at the big league level. There are no promises, but we feel like he can be that guy."
  • Seems to be winding down in Orlando. Steve Gilbert tweets, "Talked to Mark Reynolds last night. Said he was out of town last week (no cell) and was surprised to see he was going to get dealt." Mark will keep his valley home, so we still might see him around. 
  • Gilbert also reviews AZ's action this week. Towers quote: "Our primary focus was to improve our 'pen. The proof will be in the pudding next year when the season starts, but on paper right now, we feel we're a much better bullpen than we were a week ago.
  • Jack Magruder writes about new lefty, Joe Patterson, quoting Jerry DiPoto as saying, "“We see him as a left-on-left situational guy. He’s been outstanding against left-handers in his minor league career... It’s a severe cross-body delivery. It’s a low arm slot. He gives a left-hander a tough look,”

Ok, that looks to be that from Orlando. 'Skins is scheduled to post a review of the last day - and the meetings in general - at some point this evening. Plenty to chew over from this week for Arizona fans...