Nick Ahmed was still not in the lineup on Friday, providing yet more work for Josh Rojas at short. The Greinke-prospect continued to hold his own on the field and went 1-for-2 with a walk, continuing his impressive spring audition. At this point, the role of backup shortstop and utility fielder appears to be his to lose.
Chalk up another 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball for the ace of Arizona’s rotation. Gallen walked one and struck out four in his outing. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, Joakim Soria was not as crisp out of the bullpen. The veteran reliever was mercy-ruled out of his inning in the fifth, surrendering four earned runs while only recording two outs before the inning was rolled over.
The Diamondbacks are hoping that 2021 will see a return of a more patient Ketel Marte, which should help improve his results over his 2020 struggles.
Tim Locastro tested positive for COVID before the team’s game on 3 March. Now, 10 days later, he is prepared to get back to work looking to make the best of the current opportunity to turn himself into a team starter.
Arizona’s first base coach, Dave McKay, the man who has helped develop the Diamondbacks’ potent running game and has helped improve the outfield offense , fell down the dugout stairs and suffered some significant injuries, including a broken rib and a lacerated spleen. The cornerstone of Arizona’s coaching staff is expected to miss some time and could be out as long as a month.
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With Fernando Tatis, Jr. having just signed a “statue contract” with the San Diego Padres, many eyes are now turning to Washington D.C., where the Nationals are nulling potentially extending Juan Soto and possibly making him baseball’s next $400 million player.
The Houston Astros became a powerhouse in the AL by developing a slew of talented players from their farm and then making the big trades for Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Now though, those players are hitting free agency and are going to cost Houston a ton of money to retain, all while aging out of their primes. Houston already watched a number of key players depart to greener (richer) pastures. Is this going to mark the end of Houston’s run of domination? Or do they have enough talent in the system to roll into another run of excellence?
Old friend alert.
Trevor Cahill has signed an incentive-laden contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The veteran righty will earn a base salary of $1.5 million and then receive bonuses based on the number of innings he pitches in 2021.
There are still a few veteran arms and a number of intriguing 1B/DH types available on the free agent market, despite the start of the season being under three weeks away.