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SnakeBytes: Post-Bell Portions

Is that hot stove warm enough for ya yet? Seems like an age ago I was bemoaning the lack of activity by the Diamondbacks. Appears they were just lulling us into a false sense of complacency.

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Greg Fiume

D-backs news

  • [AZCentral] Diamondbacks willing to part with pitcher Tyler Skaggs? - "The most alarming development is Skaggs’ diminished velocity, a dropoff that has been more than a year in the making." While not perhaps terminal, it's a worrying trend to be sure.
  • [BaseballAmerica] 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - As mentioned by AJV19 in a recent Fanshot. To no great surprise, Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley and Chris Owings lead the list, with a note that Holmberg would have been #7.
  • [FSAZ] D-backs' new pitching coach Harkey, Gibson have history - "The first time Mike Harkey faced Kirk Gibson, back in 1990, Harkey got Gibson to roll over on a changeup and ground out to second base. Harkey knew it was a good pitch because Gibson cursed him out on the way to first base for not challenging him with a fastball."
  • [Venom Strikes] Proposed Trade For Cespedes? - Christian looks at the deal floated with Oakland. Bunus points for, "I look at Cespedes as a better, less bratty version of Yasiel Puig. Both players virtually came out of nowhere and became big stars. Cespedes just did it by ruffling less feathers."
  • [AZCentral] Deal to come between Hudson, Diamondbacks? - "I’m a guy coming off two Tommy John surgeries; I understand their side of it," he said. "We’re still talking. It’s not like there’s any animosity because the deadline came and went. I still want to stay here, still enjoy the organization and still want to be here the rest of my career, if that’s possible."
  • [NashuaTelegraph[ Former Silver Knights ace is first FCBL player to sign with MLB organization - Nice story. "Eric Perrault certainly has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend. A year ago this time, the former Nashua Silver Knights pitcher was recovering from Tommy John surgery, uncertain of his baseball future. Perrault, recently inked a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’ll report to spring training in Scottsdale right around March 1."
  • [InsideTheZone] So Towers Wants an Ace, Huh? - "For all of the talk about aces, don’t be upset if you don’t see one come the Diamondbacks’ way. In fact, it’s probably in their best interest to stick with a combination of Samardzija and Bradley rather than mortgaging the farm for David Price, whom they’ll have to let walk after two years."

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And finally...

The Reno Aces got into a bit of a Twitter fight with another PCL club.

Owned. Lesson learned...