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Snake Bytes 7/25: A Hot-Mess Stove

Dbacks make a trade, and some errors.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs
Ray pitched a gem, but little offense and an error of an inning sealed a W for the Cubs.
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images


Dback’s defensive miscues spoil Robbie Ray’s strong outing.

Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and shortstop Nick Ahmed combined for two errors in the eighth inning as the Cubs scraped across the go-ahead run in a 2-1 victory in the third of a four-game set.

Cubs edge Diamondbacks 2-1 on unearned run in the 8th.

Chicago mounted the go-ahead rally against T.J. McFarland (2-2) without getting a ball out of the infield. Baez pinch hit leading off the inning and squibbed a single toward the mound. McFarland threw wide of first, and Baez advanced to second.

Dbacks News:

Diamondbacks acquire Matt (let me double check my spelling) Andriese for stretch run.

In exchange, the Rays received two minor-league prospects -- catcher Michael Perez and right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer.

Randal Delgado DFA’d.

Due to oblique and shoulder injuries this year, Delgado has only appeared in six games for the Diamondbacks, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across seven innings of relief. He will now be subject to waivers after spending the last five-plus years with the organization.

Pour out a 40oz for our homie Delgado....

Rizzo told Souza ‘He needs to learn how to slide’.

Anthony Rizzo told me that I needed to learn how to slide,” Souza told Bickley & Marotta Wednesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I told him that if (the pitch) was intentional, that it was tired. And his first response was that it was not unintentional — it was that I needed to learn how to slide, which made me think that (the pitch) was intentional.

Rizzo needs to learn to not be a whiny douche baby.

Clay Buchholz is not giving up on his MLB comeback.

“It’s just I’ve been around too long to melt away in the minor leagues,” Buchholz said. “I feel like I’m a big-league pitcher.”

Buchholz signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in May after being released by Kansas City. The 33-year-old right-hander had signed a minor league deal with the Royals in March in a bid to come back from right forearm surgery that limited him to just two games with Philadelphia in 2017.

I think I speak for everyone when I say to Claybone, we all agree. Cheers, Brohholz.

Around MLB’s Stove:

The stove heats up as I type, maybe it’s DiGiorno, and maybe it’s Tendies....who knows?

Rockies acquire Seungwan Oh from Blue Jays.

Oh’s stock was down in the offseason, following a somewhat rough 2017 campaign that saw him lose his closer’s job with the Cardinals and struggle with the long ball to the tune of a 1.5 HR/9 rate. This led to Oh signing a low-cost one-year deal with the Blue Jays worth $1.75MM in guaranteed salary and a $2MM club option ($250K buyout) for the 2019 season.

Hamel, Happ, and deGrom are trade targets as well, just not for the Dbacks.

Blah blah, Yankees, blah blah Red Sox. Blah blah Padres????

Around MLB:

Andre Ethier is retiring.

I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier said. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there.”


MLB shift rule: Proposing a ban is easy, how would MLB implement one.

“The shift wasn’t something that players came up with,” said Tony Clark, executive director of Major League Baseball Players Association. “Players believe that the game was fine before a lot of the things that we’re starting to see come to fruition. So to the extent that we’re willing to have a conversation about shifts, I can suggest to you that we’re willing to have a conversation about shifts.”

Off Topic Snake News:

Oldest ever baby snake discovered in (forest) amber.

Way to go, Amber.