"This is a kid, a left-handed guy, that's a power pitcher. They're hard to find these days so we're excited to have him. Whether he starts in the rotation, we'll wait and see, but he's got some big league time and was highly sought after, so we're excited to have a power lefty."
- Chip Hale on Robbie Ray
"We'll certainly be busy at the winter meetings. I think we'll be active. I don't know if we'll get anything done, we will certainly try because we're still looking for ways to improve the ballclub. We're having lots of talks with lots of teams."
- Derrick Hall
Didi Gregorius was doomed from the moment he was traded to the Diamondbacks two years ago. That's when then-General Manager Kevin Towers had this to say about the slick-fielding infielder from the Netherlands: "When I first saw him, he reminded me of a young Derek Jeter."
A FoxSports.com report says the Arizona Diamondbacks shopped longtime catcher Miguel Montero to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but negotiations ultimately fell apart. According to the report, the D-backs were seeking outfielder Andre Ethier in exchange for Montero, who is owed $40 million over the next three years.
It's already been a busy offseason for the Diamondbacks. Their front office has been remade. They hired a new manager. They are on the verge of finalizing the largest contract in franchise history. They bolstered their rotation with a veteran right-hander and a young, hard-throwing lefty. But with baseball's winter meetings set to begin this week in San Diego, the Diamondbacks seem far from finished with their roster restructuring.
The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday announced Deric Ladnier as scouting director. Ladnier will report to D-backs Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations De Jon Watson. The two once were teammates in the minor leagues. Ladnier, 50, replaces Ray Montgomery, who earlier this offseason left the team to join the Milwaukee Brewers front office.