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SnakeBytes 1/17: News is rising

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The talk around baseball is finally starting to rise up again as we get closer and closer to Spring Training.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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"We sat back and thought about it and talked to our guys internally, our coaching staff, and we're not going do to anything. Tuffy Gosewisch has never had the opportunity to be a front-line guy, but we do know he's capable of handling the [pitching] staff. If we get some offense from him, it would be great."

- Dave Stewart

Daily D'backs

D-backs making a play for James Shields - Fox Sports Arizona

The Arizona Diamondbacks are serious in their pursuit of right-hander James Shields, one of the remaining pitching plums in the free-agent market and a veteran they think could stabilize a staff teeming with youth.

Randy Johnson will enter Hall of Fame with Arizona Diamondbacks cap - azcentral.com

When his induction was announced, Johnson evaded questions on which team's hat his Hall of Fame bust would feature, but on Friday the Hall announced that the Diamondbacks were selected over the Seattle Mariners, with whom he came into his own.

Stewart: We'll go with Tuffy behind plate - dbacks.com

Stewart said the D-backs have made an organizational decision to stick with Tuffy Gosewisch as the starter and Oscar Hernandez as the backup, with the hope that prospect Peter O'Brien will have advanced enough to make the team during Spring Training.

D-backs avoid arbitration with Hellickson - dbacks.com

The D-backs have avoided arbitration with newly-acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2015 season. The team made the news official on Friday morning. CBSSports.com previously reported that Hellickson will make $4.275 million in 2015 after making $3.625 million last year with the Rays.

Around Baseball

Players Avoiding Arbitration: Friday - mlbtraderumors

Padres to host ASG in 2016 - Espn.com