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Snake Bytes 11/21: Warm(ish) Stove

Continuing to cover the calm before the storm of what is likely to be the biggest offseason in Diamondbacks history.

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The Suitors for Patrick Corbin

Depending on who one asks, Patrick Corbin is either the top arm on the free agent market, or a close second behind Dallas Keuchel. With the Yankees having traded for John Paxton, the forgone conclusion of Corbin heading to the Bronx now seems less of a certainty, but by no means is out of the question. Washington, the White Sox, and the Phillies have also showed interest in the moderate risk, high reward lefty.

Diamondbacks Sign Kelby Tomlinson

In order to make room on their 40-man roster, the San Francisco Giants dropped the out-of-options utility infielder. The Diamondbacks have signed Tomlinson to a minor league deal with an invite to spring with the potential to secure an $850,000 deal should he make the majors.

Rays Designate C.J. Cron

The Tampa Bay Rays have parted ways with their 1B/DH, C.J. Cron, older brother of Arizona prospect Kevin Cron. The right-handed slugger batted .253/.323/.493 with 30 HR and an OPS+ of 123 (122 wRC+) in 2018. He was set to enter his arbitration-2 year with an expected payroll figure of $5..2 million. Though he is not a gifted defender at first base, he could represent a bridge to the arrival of his younger brother should the Diamondbacks look outside the organization for a replacement for the departing Paul Goldschmidt.

7 Hot Stove Topics to Watch Over Thanksgiving

The Diamondbacks, both current and former play heavily into how this year’s free agent and trade market are going to play out.

Machado Clarifies “Johnny Hustle” Comment

“When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it.”

Mariners, Padres Discussing Segura-Myers Swap

Might the Seattle Mariners be on the verge of a second blockbuster deal that would ship out shortstop Jean Segura to San Diego?