[D’backs.com] Kelly struggles early as D-backs fall to Phillies - Filled with optimism after taking two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend, the D-backs took a step backward Monday as they fell, 7-3, to the Phillies at Chase Field. The loss dropped the D-backs back under the .500 mark at 56-57, and they were passed by the Mets, who swept a doubleheader against the Marlins, in the National League Wild Card race. The D-backs handed Merrill Kelly a 1-0 lead after one inning, but the right-hander did not appear sharp, allowing a solo homer to Scott Kingery in the second and a pair of runs in the third. After his teammates got a run back in the third to pull to within 3-2, Kelly gave up a run in the fourth. Defense also hurt the D-backs as a catcher’s interference call against Carson Kelly, which is scored an error, and a throwing error by reliever T.J. McFarland led to a pair of unearned runs.
[The Athletic] ‘I love that guy’: The Diamondbacks will miss Zack Greinke, their awkward and brutally honest teammate - Most people aren’t allowed past the surface, but his Diamondbacks teammates were. Many of them didn’t know what to expect when Greinke joined the team or when they came to Arizona after Greinke’s arrival. But once they got to know him, once they gained access to the Full Greinke, he became a favorite. He’s all the things you’ve heard about – blunt, awkward, funny, antisocial – and teammates cherished him because of it. They’ll miss the Zack Greinke the pitcher, but, man, they’re sure going to miss Zack Greinke the guy. That’s the refrain teammate after teammate sang to The Athletic when asked about how Greinke fit in with the Diamondbacks.
[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks have financial ‘freedom’ after Zack Greinke trade - Zack Greinke’s presence gave the Diamondbacks a valuable commodity: a No. 1 starter. It also prevented them, by virtue of his $34 million annual average salary and their historically bottom-third payroll, from doing a variety of other things with their roster. Following last week’s trade deadline blockbuster that sent him to the Houston Astros in a five-player deal, it stands to reason that the reverse is true: The Diamondbacks might not have the top-of-the-rotation certainty, but with the $53 million saved in the deal, they might have more financial muscle to flex. “I’m assuming there’s going to be some more freedom to explore some things we haven’t explored in the past,” Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen said.
[Arizona Sports] D-backs DFA Zack Godley, call up Kevin Ginkel in series of roster moves - The Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday made official what had been reported, designating right-handed pitcher Zack Godley for assignment. In a corresponding move, the D-backs called up right-hander Kevin Ginkel from Triple-A Reno. They also recalled left-handed pitcher Robby Scott and sent pitcher Taylor Clarke to Reno.
[The Rattle] The Riskiest Move: Analyzing What the Diamondbacks Have in Zac Gallen - Zack Greinke’s departure is what is making all the headlines, rightfully so, and it signals the end of the era for the five stars—Greinke, Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, J.D Martinez, and A.J. Pollock—who led the team to the 2017 postseason. But the trade was fairly textbook: a selling team gives up a star to a buying team for several top prospects that will help them down the line. We’ve seen this a thousand times, and we all know what it means. What we haven’t seen a thousand times, however, is a deal like the prospect-for-prospect swap that brought right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen to the D-backs in exchange for shortstop prospect Jazz Chisholm. It’s a more gutsy decision; while most fans on a selling team will readily accept selling a major leaguer for prospects, it’s tougher to convince people on trading away a top prospect for another top prospect. Very few trades in baseball have as much uncertainty as this one.
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[MLB.com] These are MLB’s top 15 farm systems - The D-backs place a close second to the Marlins among most-improved farm systems. Their depth stands out more than their Top 100 Prospects at this point, though that should get more balanced as young outfielders Thomas, Robinson, Carroll and others continue to develop. Arizona has infused a lot of talent in the last two months, thanks to a June Draft haul that included four first-rounders (Carroll, left-hander Blake Walston, right-handers Brennan Malone and Drey Jameson) and a Deadline trade of Zack Greinke that brought in three current or former Top 100 guys (Beer, righties J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin).
[SNY] Mets’ Robinson Cano officially diagnosed with torn left hamstring - The results are back from Robinson Cano’s MRI and the news is not great. The Mets second baseman has a torn left hamstring and there is no timetable on his return. It will not require surgery, however, Cano is expected to miss several weeks and could be in danger of being out the remainder of the season. The Mets announced the MRI results Monday evening during the second game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins and hours after they officially placed Cano on the 10-day IL with what was originally considered to be a left hamstring strain, an injury he sustained while trying to dig out his third double of the day.
[MLB Trade Rumors] Cubs Place Craig Kimbrel On IL; Anticipate Month-Long Absence For Contreras - The Cubs got some unwelcome injury news today on two fronts. Closer Craig Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day IL with a knee injury, while further examination revealed that catcher Willson Contreras is expected to miss about a month of action.