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D-backs Preview #45: 5/20 @ Dodgers

The Saga of Yoan Lopez may be over, as he is replaced on the roster by Josh Reddick.

Oakland Athletics v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Pavin Smith - 1B Mookie Betts - RF
Ketel Marte - CF Max Muncy - 2B
Josh Rojas - SS Justin Turner - 3B
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Will Smith - C
Josh Reddick - RF Chris Taylor - CF
David Peralta - LF Albert Pujols - 1B
Domingo Leyba - 2B Yoshi Tsutsugo - LF
Stephen Vogt - C Gavin Lux - SS
Merrill Kelly - RHP Edwin Uceta - RHP

Roster moves

The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

  • Selected OF Josh Reddick (No. 22) from Triple-A Reno.
  • RHP Yoan López was designated for assignment.

Interesting move, on the eve of a trip to Coors Field, to replace a reliever with a position player. But perhaps the move to a genuine outfielder is a reaction to the unfortunate events there last night, which may have cost the team the game. Reddick is a veteran, who is in his 13th MLB season. He has been an everyday player, appearing 56 times last year with Houston, and 130+ in each of the three before that. His best season was back in 2012, when he hit 32 home-runs for the Oakland A’s. His career OPS+ is 105, but the last couple of seasons have seen figures there of 90 and 88, and that’s probably about what I’d be expecting. Give me that, and competent defense, and I’ll be happy.

Josh Reddick notes

Josh Reddick went through a tough off-season waiting for an offer. He said it was frustrating and infuriating and said he’d be lying if he didn’t admit it made him angry. In years past he felt a player with his track record and post season pedigree would get a comfortable contract. But ultimately he had to humble himself and accept the things he couldn’t change. When the DBacks contacted him he jumped at the opportunity and had no qualms accepting a minor league deal.

He knew Torey Lovullo, having played for him 10 years ago in Pawtucket, and even told some stories about butting heads with Mike Hazen when Hazen was the Red Sox Farm Director. Reddick described himself as young and stubborn at the time and felt he could hit anything, even the “rosin bag” if you threw it up there. The Red Sox were trying to instill in him the Red Sox way, which included being more selective at the plate. He and Hazen worked it out quick, and went on to have a fantastic relationship.

He feels like he was put on this planet to play baseball, and he will play as long as his body allows him to, regardless of the level. On a personal note, Reddick is a HUGE wrestling fan, and is good friends with Rick Flair and HHH, and had some good stories to tell there as well.

Reddick gives a lot of great quotes, it was an engaging first interview which I can’t do justice here. Give him a listen, I think you’ll like it.

Josh Reddick audio [or link]

It may mark the end of the mercurial Yoan Lopez, whose time at Arizona included departing the team twice while a prospect. He never developed into the top-of-the-rotation starter the team hoped for, when Dave Stewart signed him to a deal which triggered international signing penalties. He did have a decent rookie campaign out of the bullpen in 2019, making 70 appearances with a 3.41 ERA, but the ERA and FIP have been going in the wrong direction since then. This year, Lopez has a 6.57 ERA and a 5.65 WHIP. The raw stuff is still there - he has struck out more than a batter per inning - so I’d not be surprised to see some other team take a flyer and see if they can harness the potential. Good luck with that...

For those of you tuning in tonight to see Trevor Bauer pitch for the Dodgers: sorry. He has been held back until tomorrow, so he can go against the division leading Giants instead. It will be a bullpen game for Los Angeles against the “lowly” Diamondbacks. NBC Sports literally called the team that. Admittedly, after being outscored 16-4 over the first three games, we can hardly complain. Arizona has lost 11 of the last 12 games against Los Angeles, and hasn’t scored more than three runs at Dodger Stadium since July 2019, a stretch which now covers nine consecutive games. They’re 2-16 over the last eighteen contests. So, yeah, “lowly” seems about right.

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Josh Reddick: A good baseball player who has played at a high level for a long time and this is a well deserved opportunity. He can play anywhere in the outfield, and could be slotted in RF, CF, or LF as needed.
  • Yoan Lopez: It was a difficult decision, and a difficult discussion for Torey to have with him. He spoke of some of the good moments and how they stick with you, so it was particularly hard for Torey. But ultimately, “it’s really about consistency at this level and getting the job done.”
  • Ketel Marte: He asked Ketel how he felt after the run down to first base last night and Ketel said he felt fine. The coaches felt he was ”very controlled and got down the line just fine”
  • Seth Frankoff will start tomorrow in Colorado.
  • Madison Bumgarner threw a bullpen today, but Torey didn’t have an update. However if he comes through that fine he’ll probably start Saturday. Sunday is still TBA
  • Carson Kelly: No update as of yet. He’s feeling better and asymptomatic, but no info about baseball activity. There was some talk about getting him an orthotic from one of the writers.
  • No Hitters: Asked what he thought about all the no hitters, he gave a long answer but it ultimately came down to Game Planning [DRINK !!].

Torey Lovullo Audio [or link]