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D-backs agree to terms with Caleb Joseph on a 1-year contract

Taijuan Walker placed on the 60-day Injured List

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with C Caleb Joseph on a 1-year contract. To make room for Joseph on the roster, the D-backs placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 60-day Injured List. The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

Joseph, 32, garnered American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award consideration in 2015 and '17, receiving as many as seven votes in 2015 and finishing fifth in the balloting. He also ranks ninth among all active catchers (min. 375 games) with a 29.4-percent caught stealing rate (74-for-252), ahead of 2018 All-Stars J.T. Realmuto (11th, 28.3), Wilson Ramos (12th, 27.3) and Buster Posey (13th, 26.9).

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with C Caleb Joseph on a 1-year contract. To make room for Joseph on the roster, the D-backs placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 60-day Injured List. The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

Joseph, 32, garnered American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award consideration in 2015 and '17, receiving as many as seven votes in 2015 and finishing fifth in the balloting. He also ranks ninth among all active catchers (min. 375 games) with a 29.4-percent caught stealing rate (74-for-252), ahead of 2018 All-Stars J.T. Realmuto (11th, 28.3), Wilson Ramos (12th, 27.3) and Buster Posey (13th, 26.9).

Joseph spent the majority of 2018 with the Orioles, throwing out 32.2 percent of attempted basestealers (19-of-59) and tying for the Major League lead with 11 double plays as catcher (also: Salvador Pérez/KC). Additionally, he hit .219 (58-for-265) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs in 82 games with Baltimore, and .273 (24-for-88) with two homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games with Triple-A Norfolk.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder played in five Major League seasons with the Orioles from 2014-18 and batted .224 (272-for-1,217) with 56 doubles, four triples, 31 home runs and 122 RBIs in 402 games.

Joseph was selected by Baltimore in the seventh round of the 2008 draft from Lipscomb University.

Walker, 26, made three starts with the D-backs last season before suffering a torn right ulnar collateral ligament on April 14, 2018 @ Dodgers. He underwent Tommy John surgery on April 25 in New York (performed by Dr. David Altchek).

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D-backs announce 2019 promotional schedule

8-game mini plans go on sale at Fan Fest this Saturday

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the 2019 promotional schedule, highlighted by Archie Bradley Bobble Gnome, Randy Johnson's Perfect Game Starting Lineup Figurine, David Peralta #FreightTrain Bobblehead, Fireworks Spectacular, Nick "Ahmed on the Moon" Bobblehead and Haboob Globe.
 
D-backs 8-game mini plans go on sale this Saturday, exclusively at Fan Fest, and will be available online at dbacks.com/miniplan starting on Sunday, Feb. 10. Eight-game mini plans allows fans to secure their seats for exciting match ups against the Chicago Cubs (April 26-28), New York Yankees (April 30-May 1), Los Angeles Dodgers (June 3-5, June 24-26, Aug. 29-Sept. 1) and more. 
 
The D-backs will also offer Special Event Nights throughout the season. Fans will be required to purchase a Special Event ticket package to receive the unique giveaway item at dbacks.com/events. Special Event Nights include:
•   Game of Thrones Night - May 17
•   Pride Night - June 21
•   ASU Night - Aug. 30
•   University of Arizona Night - Sept. 4
 
Throughout the season, the D-backs will host themed nights for all fans to enjoy, including Star Wars Night (May 11), Native American Recognition Day (June 1), Fireworks Spectacular (July 5), Space Day (July 20), Faith & Family Night Concert (Sept. 13) and Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Estrella Jalisco (Sept. 14). In addition, fans can enjoy postgame fireworks, presented by Gila River Hotels & Casinos, on May 11, June 21, July 5 and Sept. 13. 
 
The D-backs' 2019 giveaway items are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:
•   2019 Schedule Magnet, courtesy of Pepsi (40,000 fans on April 5 vs. Red Sox)
•   Archie Bradley Bobble Gnome, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos (20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Padres)
•   Bat & Ball Set, courtesy of MLB Play Ball & Chevrolet (5,000 kids on April 14 vs. Padres) 
•   Mother's Day Charm Necklace, courtesy of Tyson Foods (10,000 moms on May 12 vs. Braves)
•   Randy Johnson's Perfect Game Starting Lineup Figurine, courtesy of Cox Communications (20,000 fans on May 18 vs. Giants)
•   Native American Recognition Day Tribal Cap, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos (20,000 fans on June 1 vs. Mets)
•   David Peralta #FreightTrain Bobblehead (20,000 fans on June 22 vs. Giants)
•   Reusable Bag, courtesy of MLB Network (20,000 fans on July 6 vs. Rockies)
•   Nick "Ahmed on the Moon" Bobblehead (20,000 fans on July 20 vs. Brewers), the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
•   Haboob Globe, courtesy of Chase (20,000 fans on Aug. 3 vs. Nationals)
•   Tumbler Cup, courtesy of Dutch Bros (15,000 fans on Aug. 17 vs. Giants)
•   Los D-backs Replica Jersey, courtesy of Pepsi (20,000 fans on Sept. 14 vs. Reds)

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the 2019 promotional schedule, highlighted by Archie Bradley Bobble Gnome, Randy Johnson's Perfect Game Starting Lineup Figurine, David Peralta #FreightTrain Bobblehead, Fireworks Spectacular, Nick "Ahmed on the Moon" Bobblehead and Haboob Globe.
 
D-backs 8-game mini plans go on sale this Saturday, exclusively at Fan Fest, and will be available online at dbacks.com/miniplan starting on Sunday, Feb. 10. Eight-game mini plans allows fans to secure their seats for exciting match ups against the Chicago Cubs (April 26-28), New York Yankees (April 30-May 1), Los Angeles Dodgers (June 3-5, June 24-26, Aug. 29-Sept. 1) and more. 
 
The D-backs will also offer Special Event Nights throughout the season. Fans will be required to purchase a Special Event ticket package to receive the unique giveaway item at dbacks.com/events. Special Event Nights include:
•   Game of Thrones Night - May 17
•   Pride Night - June 21
•   ASU Night - Aug. 30
•   University of Arizona Night - Sept. 4
 
Throughout the season, the D-backs will host themed nights for all fans to enjoy, including Star Wars Night (May 11), Native American Recognition Day (June 1), Fireworks Spectacular (July 5), Space Day (July 20), Faith & Family Night Concert (Sept. 13) and Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Estrella Jalisco (Sept. 14). In addition, fans can enjoy postgame fireworks, presented by Gila River Hotels & Casinos, on May 11, June 21, July 5 and Sept. 13. 
 
The D-backs' 2019 giveaway items are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:
•   2019 Schedule Magnet, courtesy of Pepsi (40,000 fans on April 5 vs. Red Sox)
•   Archie Bradley Bobble Gnome, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos (20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Padres)
•   Bat & Ball Set, courtesy of MLB Play Ball & Chevrolet (5,000 kids on April 14 vs. Padres) 
•   Mother's Day Charm Necklace, courtesy of Tyson Foods (10,000 moms on May 12 vs. Braves)
•   Randy Johnson's Perfect Game Starting Lineup Figurine, courtesy of Cox Communications (20,000 fans on May 18 vs. Giants)
•   Native American Recognition Day Tribal Cap, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos (20,000 fans on June 1 vs. Mets)
•   David Peralta #FreightTrain Bobblehead (20,000 fans on June 22 vs. Giants)
•   Reusable Bag, courtesy of MLB Network (20,000 fans on July 6 vs. Rockies)
•   Nick "Ahmed on the Moon" Bobblehead (20,000 fans on July 20 vs. Brewers), the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
•   Haboob Globe, courtesy of Chase (20,000 fans on Aug. 3 vs. Nationals)
•   Tumbler Cup, courtesy of Dutch Bros (15,000 fans on Aug. 17 vs. Giants)
•   Los D-backs Replica Jersey, courtesy of Pepsi (20,000 fans on Sept. 14 vs. Reds)

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D-backs to graduate fifth class at Dominican Republic Academy tomorrow

Missoula Osprey Pitching Coach Manuel Garcia becomes first D-backs coach to graduate from program

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks, @LosDbacks) will host their fifth annual high school graduation at the team's academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic tomorrow. Among the team executives expected to take part in the event are Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen, Executive Vice Presidents Tom Harris and Nona Lee, Sr. VP/Assistant GMs Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye, Vice President of Latin Operations Junior Noboa and Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell.
 
The first-of-its-kind program will see 10 students graduate from high school (Roaldo Carvajal, Carlos De la Cruz, Pitching Coach Manuel Garcia, Alexander Hernandez, Victor Martinez, Liover Peguero, Oliver Rosario and former D-backs prospects Felix Cuevas, Johan Duran and Geraldo Sanchez), bringing the total number of 12th-grade graduates to 36 during the first five years of the program. Eric Mendez will also graduate from 8th grade during the ceremony. 
 
Garcia began his career with the D-backs as a pitcher and catcher and after being released in 2010, served as a volunteer assistant pitching coach in the Dominican Republic from 2010-13 before being named the pitching coach for the D-backs Rookie League team in Arizona. He will serve as the pitching coach for the Rookie-Advanced Missoula Osprey during the 2019 season. 
 
The program stemmed from a 2013 promise made by D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina -- who attended last year's graduation -- that the team would provide the youth of his country with the best education among all 30 franchises. The unique part of the D-backs' program is that prospects continue to have their education funded by the team even if they are no longer playing in the organization. Such is the case with Sanchez and Cuevas, who were previously released but remained in the program and Duran, who was traded to Minnesota last season but will still be receiving his degree. 
 
"This is our largest graduating class yet and it is gratifying to see so many of our young prospects follow through and obtain their high school education," said Hall. "I am particularly proud of Manny Garcia who continues to further his career off the field and has become our first coach to complete the program. He is setting a tremendous example for our players and this program is a commitment from the highest levels of the organization to help all of these young men find success both on and off the field."
 
The ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. local time, when the players will receive their diplomas. The program includes the players being required to attend school two days per week for four hours with assigned tutors and with weekly progress evaluations performed by the education committee. Each student is provided with a laptop computer and the team covers the cost of tuition for each player

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks, @LosDbacks) will host their fifth annual high school graduation at the team's academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic tomorrow. Among the team executives expected to take part in the event are Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen, Executive Vice Presidents Tom Harris and Nona Lee, Sr. VP/Assistant GMs Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye, Vice President of Latin Operations Junior Noboa and Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell.
 
The first-of-its-kind program will see 10 students graduate from high school (Roaldo Carvajal, Carlos De la Cruz, Pitching Coach Manuel Garcia, Alexander Hernandez, Victor Martinez, Liover Peguero, Oliver Rosario and former D-backs prospects Felix Cuevas, Johan Duran and Geraldo Sanchez), bringing the total number of 12th-grade graduates to 36 during the first five years of the program. Eric Mendez will also graduate from 8th grade during the ceremony. 
 
Garcia began his career with the D-backs as a pitcher and catcher and after being released in 2010, served as a volunteer assistant pitching coach in the Dominican Republic from 2010-13 before being named the pitching coach for the D-backs Rookie League team in Arizona. He will serve as the pitching coach for the Rookie-Advanced Missoula Osprey during the 2019 season. 
 
The program stemmed from a 2013 promise made by D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina -- who attended last year's graduation -- that the team would provide the youth of his country with the best education among all 30 franchises. The unique part of the D-backs' program is that prospects continue to have their education funded by the team even if they are no longer playing in the organization. Such is the case with Sanchez and Cuevas, who were previously released but remained in the program and Duran, who was traded to Minnesota last season but will still be receiving his degree. 
 
"This is our largest graduating class yet and it is gratifying to see so many of our young prospects follow through and obtain their high school education," said Hall. "I am particularly proud of Manny Garcia who continues to further his career off the field and has become our first coach to complete the program. He is setting a tremendous example for our players and this program is a commitment from the highest levels of the organization to help all of these young men find success both on and off the field."
 
The ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. local time, when the players will receive their diplomas. The program includes the players being required to attend school two days per week for four hours with assigned tutors and with weekly progress evaluations performed by the education committee. Each student is provided with a laptop computer and the team covers the cost of tuition for each player

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D-backs baseball operations staff changes

D-backs introduce new Mental Skills department

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Baseball Operations department announced a series of staff changes, including promotions, new hires and newly-created positions, highlighted by a new Mental Skills department for the 2019 season.

The Mental Skills department will be an all-encompassing effort, with its impact reaching players, coaches and staff across all affiliation levels in the organization. 
 
"As professional baseball players continue to become more proactive with their careers, mental skills and conditioning is a major component to their daily preparation," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "We are excited to create this department for the D-backs, and provide our players with as many developmental resources as we can."
 
Zach Brandon will lead the department as Coordinator, Mental Skills. He joins the D-backs from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he was a mental conditioning coach from 2016-18. In his role, he was responsible for developing and implementing mental training programs for student-athletes, while also providing individual consulting services to external trainees, including Olympic track and field athletes and Major League Baseball players. Prior to his time at IMG Academy, he served as a mental performance consultant at California State University, Fullerton from 2014-16, where he worked with athletes across all sports. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Linfield College (Ore.) in 2014 and his master's degree in kinesiology with sport psychology concentration from Cal State-Fullerton in 2016.  
 
Joining Brandon in the Mental Skills department will be Charley Jauss as a newly-created Mental Skills Coach, as well as Daniel Bard who returns as a Player Mentor. Jauss is the son of Pirates coach Dave Jauss, and received his master's degree in counseling, specializing in sport and health psychology from Adler University (Ill.) in 2018. His late grandfather, Bill, was a renowned sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune for 37 years (1968-2005). Bard is entering his second season in his role, working as a mentor to players across all levels of the organization.
 
In addition to the mental skills department, the D-backs have 7 front office new hires. Taylor Choe enters her first season as Analyst, Baseball Operations Research & Development, after working as a D-backs intern in 2018. Micah Daley-Harris will also enter his first season as Analyst, Baseball Operations Research & Development after previously interning with Arizona during the 2017-18 seasons. Thomas Johnson joins the D-backs as a Baseball Systems Developer after working as a contract software developer for Speaking Rock Casino (Texas), Arizona State University, Envision and Cummins-Allison. Ross Seaton joins the D-backs as Pitching Analyst, after spending 2018 as a Minor League Affiliate Apprentice for the Rays. He pitched professionally for 8 seasons in the Astros (2008-14) and Tigers' (2015) systems, as well as 2 seasons with independent Bridgeport (2016-17). Patrick Sellas enters his first season as Analyst, Sports Medicine after serving as a Research & Development Fellow in 2018. Connor Shannon will be Assistant, Baseball Operations after serving as a Baseball Operations Intern in 2018. Gavin Sweeney enters his first season as Junior Developer, Baseball Systems after interning in the Research & Development, Baseball Systems department last season. 
 
The D-backs have 4 front office role changes. Alex Cultice will enter his first season as the newly-created Run Prevention Coordinator after spending the last 2 seasons as a Coaching Assistant/Major League Advance Scouting (2017-18). He will be in his ninth season with the D-backs, getting his start as a Minor League Video Assistant with Rookie-Advanced Missoula in 2011. Drew Hedman will enter his first season as the newly-created Run Production Coordinator after spending 2018 as a Professional Scout. Prior to joining the D-backs, Hedman served as an assistant in the Nationals' Baseball Operations department in 2015 and was the Assistant Baseball Coach & Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for the National Champion Vanderbilt Commordores in 2014 following a 4-year playing career in the Red Sox' organization (2009-12). Max Phillips was promoted to Analyst, Baseball Operations after spending 2018 as Assistant, Baseball Analytics and Baseball Operations intern in 2017. Chris Slivka will transition to Professional Scout after working as an Assistant, Baseball Operations from 2017-18 and Intern, Baseball Operations in 2016. 
 
The D-backs have 1 new hire in a senior-level scouting role. Danny Haas joins the organization as a Special Assignment Scout, and will work in Amateur and International Amateur Scouting, as well as in Professional and Major League Scouting. He previously worked for the Orioles from 2012-18 in various capacities in their Baseball Operations department, most recently as a Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Scouting, and 10 seasons with the Red Sox Amateur Scouting department (2002-11).
 
The D-backs have 3 new hires in Major League & Professional Scouting. Jacob Frisaro will enter his first season as Professional Scout with the D-backs, having spent the last year creating JT Baseball Scouting, a video scouting website, and working for Perfect Game USA as a part-time Scout Recap Writer following his graduation from St. Thomas University (Fla.) in 2018. His father, Joe, is the MLB.com beat writer for the Marlins. Matthew Hahn joins the D-backs as a Professional Scout after serving in the same capacity with the Cubs from 2015-18. Prior to joining the Cubs, Hahn was a Professional Scout with the Rays from 2014-15 after spending 8 years as an assistant in their Baseball Operations department from 2006-14. Brett West will be in his first season as a Professional Scout with the D-backs after spending 7 years (2012-18) in the Marlins' Player Development department, most recently as the Assistant Director, Player Development since 2014. 
 
The D-backs have 2 new hires in Amateur Scouting. Matt Mercurio will be an Area Scout in north Florida and joins the organization from the Florida Institute of Technology's baseball coaching staff. He played a pair of seasons in the Red Sox' organization (2005-06) and 1 season with independent New Haven County. Dan Ramsey will be an Area Scout in the Pacific Northwest, joining the organization from the Twins, where he was the GCL Twins manager in 2018. Prior to that, Ramsey was the head baseball coach at his alma mater Whitworth University (Wash.) for 9 seasons from 2009-17.
 
In International Scouting & Latin Operations, Omar Rogers was promoted to Supervisor, Dominican Republic after spending 2018 as Scouting Coordinator, Dominican Republic. This will be his 19th season in professional baseball, having previously served as the Cardinals' area scout in the D.R. from 2012-17, the Twins' Dominican Summer League hitting instructor from 2010-11, Indians scout in eastern D.R. from 2008-09 and a 7-year playing career in the Orioles' organization (1999-2005). Mike Cadahia will enter his first season with the D-backs as International Crosschecker after spending the last 7 years with the Marlins as Southeast Scouting Supervisor (2011-18). Prior to that, he was the National Crosschecker for the Mariners from 2008-11, the Marlins East Coast Scouting Supervisor from 2002-08 and the Blue Jays' East Coast Scouting Supervisor from 1999-2002. Johan Maya and Pedro Meyer will both enter their first seasons with the D-backs as Scout, Dominican Republic. Maya, a native of Venezuela, spent the last 15 years in the Astros' organization in Player Development and Scouting. Meyer spent the last 10 years (2009-18) working as an Advance Scout for the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League, and 15 years working as a scout for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1997-2012). 

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Baseball Operations department announced a series of staff changes, including promotions, new hires and newly-created positions, highlighted by a new Mental Skills department for the 2019 season.

The Mental Skills department will be an all-encompassing effort, with its impact reaching players, coaches and staff across all affiliation levels in the organization. 
 
"As professional baseball players continue to become more proactive with their careers, mental skills and conditioning is a major component to their daily preparation," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "We are excited to create this department for the D-backs, and provide our players with as many developmental resources as we can."
 
Zach Brandon will lead the department as Coordinator, Mental Skills. He joins the D-backs from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he was a mental conditioning coach from 2016-18. In his role, he was responsible for developing and implementing mental training programs for student-athletes, while also providing individual consulting services to external trainees, including Olympic track and field athletes and Major League Baseball players. Prior to his time at IMG Academy, he served as a mental performance consultant at California State University, Fullerton from 2014-16, where he worked with athletes across all sports. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Linfield College (Ore.) in 2014 and his master's degree in kinesiology with sport psychology concentration from Cal State-Fullerton in 2016.  
 
Joining Brandon in the Mental Skills department will be Charley Jauss as a newly-created Mental Skills Coach, as well as Daniel Bard who returns as a Player Mentor. Jauss is the son of Pirates coach Dave Jauss, and received his master's degree in counseling, specializing in sport and health psychology from Adler University (Ill.) in 2018. His late grandfather, Bill, was a renowned sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune for 37 years (1968-2005). Bard is entering his second season in his role, working as a mentor to players across all levels of the organization.
 
In addition to the mental skills department, the D-backs have 7 front office new hires. Taylor Choe enters her first season as Analyst, Baseball Operations Research & Development, after working as a D-backs intern in 2018. Micah Daley-Harris will also enter his first season as Analyst, Baseball Operations Research & Development after previously interning with Arizona during the 2017-18 seasons. Thomas Johnson joins the D-backs as a Baseball Systems Developer after working as a contract software developer for Speaking Rock Casino (Texas), Arizona State University, Envision and Cummins-Allison. Ross Seaton joins the D-backs as Pitching Analyst, after spending 2018 as a Minor League Affiliate Apprentice for the Rays. He pitched professionally for 8 seasons in the Astros (2008-14) and Tigers' (2015) systems, as well as 2 seasons with independent Bridgeport (2016-17). Patrick Sellas enters his first season as Analyst, Sports Medicine after serving as a Research & Development Fellow in 2018. Connor Shannon will be Assistant, Baseball Operations after serving as a Baseball Operations Intern in 2018. Gavin Sweeney enters his first season as Junior Developer, Baseball Systems after interning in the Research & Development, Baseball Systems department last season. 
 
The D-backs have 4 front office role changes. Alex Cultice will enter his first season as the newly-created Run Prevention Coordinator after spending the last 2 seasons as a Coaching Assistant/Major League Advance Scouting (2017-18). He will be in his ninth season with the D-backs, getting his start as a Minor League Video Assistant with Rookie-Advanced Missoula in 2011. Drew Hedman will enter his first season as the newly-created Run Production Coordinator after spending 2018 as a Professional Scout. Prior to joining the D-backs, Hedman served as an assistant in the Nationals' Baseball Operations department in 2015 and was the Assistant Baseball Coach & Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for the National Champion Vanderbilt Commordores in 2014 following a 4-year playing career in the Red Sox' organization (2009-12). Max Phillips was promoted to Analyst, Baseball Operations after spending 2018 as Assistant, Baseball Analytics and Baseball Operations intern in 2017. Chris Slivka will transition to Professional Scout after working as an Assistant, Baseball Operations from 2017-18 and Intern, Baseball Operations in 2016. 
 
The D-backs have 1 new hire in a senior-level scouting role. Danny Haas joins the organization as a Special Assignment Scout, and will work in Amateur and International Amateur Scouting, as well as in Professional and Major League Scouting. He previously worked for the Orioles from 2012-18 in various capacities in their Baseball Operations department, most recently as a Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Scouting, and 10 seasons with the Red Sox Amateur Scouting department (2002-11).
 
The D-backs have 3 new hires in Major League & Professional Scouting. Jacob Frisaro will enter his first season as Professional Scout with the D-backs, having spent the last year creating JT Baseball Scouting, a video scouting website, and working for Perfect Game USA as a part-time Scout Recap Writer following his graduation from St. Thomas University (Fla.) in 2018. His father, Joe, is the MLB.com beat writer for the Marlins. Matthew Hahn joins the D-backs as a Professional Scout after serving in the same capacity with the Cubs from 2015-18. Prior to joining the Cubs, Hahn was a Professional Scout with the Rays from 2014-15 after spending 8 years as an assistant in their Baseball Operations department from 2006-14. Brett West will be in his first season as a Professional Scout with the D-backs after spending 7 years (2012-18) in the Marlins' Player Development department, most recently as the Assistant Director, Player Development since 2014. 
 
The D-backs have 2 new hires in Amateur Scouting. Matt Mercurio will be an Area Scout in north Florida and joins the organization from the Florida Institute of Technology's baseball coaching staff. He played a pair of seasons in the Red Sox' organization (2005-06) and 1 season with independent New Haven County. Dan Ramsey will be an Area Scout in the Pacific Northwest, joining the organization from the Twins, where he was the GCL Twins manager in 2018. Prior to that, Ramsey was the head baseball coach at his alma mater Whitworth University (Wash.) for 9 seasons from 2009-17.
 
In International Scouting & Latin Operations, Omar Rogers was promoted to Supervisor, Dominican Republic after spending 2018 as Scouting Coordinator, Dominican Republic. This will be his 19th season in professional baseball, having previously served as the Cardinals' area scout in the D.R. from 2012-17, the Twins' Dominican Summer League hitting instructor from 2010-11, Indians scout in eastern D.R. from 2008-09 and a 7-year playing career in the Orioles' organization (1999-2005). Mike Cadahia will enter his first season with the D-backs as International Crosschecker after spending the last 7 years with the Marlins as Southeast Scouting Supervisor (2011-18). Prior to that, he was the National Crosschecker for the Mariners from 2008-11, the Marlins East Coast Scouting Supervisor from 2002-08 and the Blue Jays' East Coast Scouting Supervisor from 1999-2002. Johan Maya and Pedro Meyer will both enter their first seasons with the D-backs as Scout, Dominican Republic. Maya, a native of Venezuela, spent the last 15 years in the Astros' organization in Player Development and Scouting. Meyer spent the last 10 years (2009-18) working as an Advance Scout for the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League, and 15 years working as a scout for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1997-2012). 

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D-backs agree to terms with Greg Holland on 1-year contract

Jake Barrett designated for assignment

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with RHP Greg Holland on a 1-year contract. To make room for Holland on the roster, the D-backs designated RHP Jake Barrett for assignment. The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

Holland, 33, is 1 of 3 pitchers with at least 3 40+ save seasons since 2013, joining Kenley Jansen (3) and Craig Kimbrel (3), and ranks fifth in the Majors during that span with 169 saves, trailing only Kimbrel (244), Jansen (234), Aroldis Chapman (197) and Fernando Rodney (190).

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with RHP Greg Holland on a 1-year contract. To make room for Holland on the roster, the D-backs designated RHP Jake Barrett for assignment. The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

Holland, 33, is 1 of 3 pitchers with at least 3 40+ save seasons since 2013, joining Kenley Jansen (3) and Craig Kimbrel (3), and ranks fifth in the Majors during that span with 169 saves, trailing only Kimbrel (244), Jansen (234), Aroldis Chapman (197) and Fernando Rodney (190).

The 3-time All-Star (2013-14, '17) also ranks in the Top 20 of all relievers since 2013 in save percentage (5th, 90.9), opponent OPS (15th, .583), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (16th, 11.64), fewest home runs allowed per 9.0 innings (16th, 0.55), opponent average (18th, .199) and hits per 9.0 innings (19th, 6.45).

In 2018, Holland posted a 0.84 ERA (2 ER in 21.1 IP) in 24 games after signing as a free agent with Washington on August 7, and combined to go 2-2 with 3 saves, a 4.66 ERA (24 ER in 46.1 IP) and 47 strikeouts in 56 appearances with the Cardinals and Nationals. He was designated for assignment by St. Louis on July 27 and released on August 1.

 

The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder tied for the NL lead in 2017 with 41 saves (also: Jansen/LAD) en route to being named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. Holland also set a Rockies record with 23 straight saves to begin the season, and his 41 saves matched the club mark set by José Jiménez in 2002.

Holland earned the Mariano Rivera Award in 2014 as the best relief pitcher in the AL after posting 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA (10 ER in 62.1 IP) and 90 strikeouts with the Royals. In 2013, Holland set a Royals record as a reliever with a career-best 47 saves and a 1.21 ERA (9 ER in 67.0 IP), and registered career bests in appearances (68) and strikeouts (103), and converted 31 consecutive saves from May 30-September 13.

Holland has gone 23-20 with 189 saves, a 2.83 ERA (133 ER in 423.1 IP), .206 opponent average and 547 strikeouts in 426 appearances over 8 Major League seasons with the Royals (2010-15), Rockies (2017), Cardinals (2018) and Nationals (2018). Additionally, he has appeared in 12 postseason games with 7 saves and a 2.31 ERA (3 ER in 11.2 IP).

The Marion, N.C, native was selected by the Royals in the 10th round of the 2007 draft out of Western Carolina University.

Barrett, 27, appeared in 7 games with the D-backs in 2018, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER in 7.0 IP). In 3 seasons with Arizona (2016-18), he was 2-4 with 4 saves and a 4.05 ERA (42 ER in 93.1 IP) in 103 outings.

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D-backs agree to terms on contract extension with Torey Lovullo

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms on a contract extension with Manager Torey Lovullo
  
"Torey's leadership and ability to connect with people, specifically our players and coaches, provides the foundation for the culture we continue to cultivate and grow in Arizona." said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen. "This is an exciting day for Torey, his family and the D-backs. We can't wait to get started at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in two weeks."
 
Lovullo, 53, enters his third season at the helm of the D-backs. The 2017 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year has had back-to-back winning seasons and posted a .540 winning percentage (175-149). The club advanced to the postseason in 2017, his first as manager, clinching a Wild Card spot with a second-place finish in the NL West with a 93-69 record. The D-backs defeated the Rockies in the Wild Card Game but were eliminated by the Dodgers in the Division Series. 
 
Lovullo, who was named the D-backs' eighth manager on November 4, 2016, was the fastest manager in club history to reach 100 wins, doing so in his 171st game. His 93 wins in in 2017 were the most by an Arizona manager in his first 162 games, 1 more than Bob Brenly's 92 in 2001, and the 24-win differential from 2016 to 2017 was the fourth-largest increase in franchise history.
 

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms on a contract extension with Manager Torey Lovullo
  
"Torey's leadership and ability to connect with people, specifically our players and coaches, provides the foundation for the culture we continue to cultivate and grow in Arizona." said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen. "This is an exciting day for Torey, his family and the D-backs. We can't wait to get started at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in two weeks."
 
Lovullo, 53, enters his third season at the helm of the D-backs. The 2017 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year has had back-to-back winning seasons and posted a .540 winning percentage (175-149). The club advanced to the postseason in 2017, his first as manager, clinching a Wild Card spot with a second-place finish in the NL West with a 93-69 record. The D-backs defeated the Rockies in the Wild Card Game but were eliminated by the Dodgers in the Division Series. 
 
Lovullo, who was named the D-backs' eighth manager on November 4, 2016, was the fastest manager in club history to reach 100 wins, doing so in his 171st game. His 93 wins in in 2017 were the most by an Arizona manager in his first 162 games, 1 more than Bob Brenly's 92 in 2001, and the 24-win differential from 2016 to 2017 was the fourth-largest increase in franchise history.
 

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D-backs agree to terms on contract extension with Torey Lovullo

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms on a contract extension with Manager Torey Lovullo.

D-backs Manager Torey Lovullo will be available to media tomorrow morning at TPC Scottsdale prior to appearing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms on a contract extension with Manager Torey Lovullo.

D-backs Manager Torey Lovullo will be available to media tomorrow morning at TPC Scottsdale prior to appearing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.

"Torey's leadership and ability to connect with people, specifically our players and coaches, provides the foundation for the culture we continue to cultivate and grow in Arizona." said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen. "This is an exciting day for Torey, his family and the D-backs. We can't wait to get started at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in two weeks."

Lovullo, 53, enters his third season at the helm of the D-backs. The 2017 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year has had back-to-back winning seasons and posted a .540 winning percentage (175-149). The club advanced to the postseason in 2017, his first as manager, clinching a Wild Card spot with a second-place finish in the NL West with a 93-69 record. The D-backs defeated the Rockies in the Wild Card Game but were eliminated by the Dodgers in the Division Series.

Lovullo, who was named the D-backs' eighth manager on November 4, 2016, was the fastest manager in club history to reach 100 wins, doing so in his 171st game. His 93 wins in in 2017 were the most by an Arizona manager in his first 162 games, 1 more than Bob Brenly's 92 in 2001, and the 24-win differential from 2016 to 2017 was the fourth-largest increase in franchise history.

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D-backs agree to terms with T.J. McFarland on a 1-year contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with LHP T.J. McFarland on a 1-year contract with a club option for 2020. 
 
McFarland, 29, set career bests in games (47), ERA (2.00), WHIP (1.19), fewest runs (18), opponent average (.239), opponent OBP (.296), opponent SLG (.336) and opponent OPS (.631) last season with the D-backs while holding opponents scoreless in 33 of 47 games. He ranked among NL relievers in ground balls (2nd, 153), groundball pct. (3rd, 68.3), groundball-to-flyball ratio (3rd, 4.50), ERA (4th, 2.00) and innings (10th, 72.0). 
 
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder held lefties to a .165 average (16-for-97) with 2 walks and 22 strikeouts in 2018, including a .115 mark (6-for-52) with 16 strikeouts in his final 24 games. He did not allow a home run to a left-handed batter last season, making him 1 of 9 NL pitchers (including teammate Andrew Chafin) to face 100+ left-handed hitters and not allow a homer.
 
McFarland recorded 21 outings of longer than 1.0 inning in 2018, tied with Robert Gsellman/NYM and Tyler Glasnow/PIT for fourth most in among NL relievers, trailing Josh Hader/MIL (33), Seth Lugo/NYM (27) and Steven Brault/PIT (23). He also had 4 relief outings of 4.0+ innings, the highest total in the NL and tied with Josh Collmenter in 2013 for the most in team history by a reliever. 
 
His 1.80 home ERA was the best all-time by a D-backs left-handed reliever and 10th best by a D-backs reliever all-time (min. 25 GR) [leader: José Valverde, 1.04 in 2003]. His 59.2 innings at the All-Star break were the most by a D-backs reliever all-time (surpassed Byung-Hyun Kim's 58.1 innings in 2001).
 
McFarland has played parts of 6 seasons with the Orioles (2013-16) and D-backs (2017-18), and in 211 games (3 starts), he is 18-14 with 1 save, 12 holds, a 3.94 ERA (142 ER in 324.1 IP), .286 opponent average and 196 strikeouts. In 2 seasons with the D-backs, he has appeared in 90 games (1 start) and is 6-7 with 1 save, 1 hold, a 3.43 ERA (48 ER in 126.0 IP), .266 opponent average and 71 strikeouts.

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with LHP T.J. McFarland on a 1-year contract with a club option for 2020. 
 
McFarland, 29, set career bests in games (47), ERA (2.00), WHIP (1.19), fewest runs (18), opponent average (.239), opponent OBP (.296), opponent SLG (.336) and opponent OPS (.631) last season with the D-backs while holding opponents scoreless in 33 of 47 games. He ranked among NL relievers in ground balls (2nd, 153), groundball pct. (3rd, 68.3), groundball-to-flyball ratio (3rd, 4.50), ERA (4th, 2.00) and innings (10th, 72.0). 
 
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder held lefties to a .165 average (16-for-97) with 2 walks and 22 strikeouts in 2018, including a .115 mark (6-for-52) with 16 strikeouts in his final 24 games. He did not allow a home run to a left-handed batter last season, making him 1 of 9 NL pitchers (including teammate Andrew Chafin) to face 100+ left-handed hitters and not allow a homer.
 
McFarland recorded 21 outings of longer than 1.0 inning in 2018, tied with Robert Gsellman/NYM and Tyler Glasnow/PIT for fourth most in among NL relievers, trailing Josh Hader/MIL (33), Seth Lugo/NYM (27) and Steven Brault/PIT (23). He also had 4 relief outings of 4.0+ innings, the highest total in the NL and tied with Josh Collmenter in 2013 for the most in team history by a reliever. 
 
His 1.80 home ERA was the best all-time by a D-backs left-handed reliever and 10th best by a D-backs reliever all-time (min. 25 GR) [leader: José Valverde, 1.04 in 2003]. His 59.2 innings at the All-Star break were the most by a D-backs reliever all-time (surpassed Byung-Hyun Kim's 58.1 innings in 2001).
 
McFarland has played parts of 6 seasons with the Orioles (2013-16) and D-backs (2017-18), and in 211 games (3 starts), he is 18-14 with 1 save, 12 holds, a 3.94 ERA (142 ER in 324.1 IP), .286 opponent average and 196 strikeouts. In 2 seasons with the D-backs, he has appeared in 90 games (1 start) and is 6-7 with 1 save, 1 hold, a 3.43 ERA (48 ER in 126.0 IP), .266 opponent average and 71 strikeouts.

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D-backs' 22nd Spring Training and ninth at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick opens on February 13

Team announces 60 players in camp, including 20 non-roster invitees

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks' 22nd Spring Training and ninth at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick begins on February 13:

• Wednesday, February 13       First workout for pitchers and catchers.
• Monday, February 18              First full-squad workout.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks' 22nd Spring Training and ninth at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick begins on February 13:

• Wednesday, February 13       First workout for pitchers and catchers.
• Monday, February 18              First full-squad workout.

Beginning on February 13, workouts are open to the public, and fans may park in the Desert Lot on the north side of the complex, which is best accessed via 90th Street off of Via de Ventura.

The D-backs open their 22nd Spring Training slate, featuring 15 home games and 33 games overall, on February 23 at Salt River Fields with their home opener against the Colorado Rockies. The D-backs have 10 games against their National League West rivals with 4 games against the Colorado Rockies and 2 games each against the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The D-backs play 2 games in Monterrey, Mexico on March 9-10. For more information and to purchase tickets for Spring Training, visit dbacks.com/spring.

Torey Lovullo returns for his third season as manager. The coaching staff features Jerry Narron as bench coach (second season, third overall), Mike Butcher as pitching coach (fourth season), Mike Fetters as bullpen coach (third season, seventh overall), Darnell Coles as hitting coach (first season), Eric Hinske as assistant hitting coach (first season), Dave McKay as first base coach (sixth season), Tony Perezchica as third base coach (third season), Robby Hammock as quality control/catching coach (third season) and Luis "Pipé" Urueta as Major League coach (second season).

The club's 40-man roster is currently at 40 players (uniform number in parenthesis):

Right-handed pitchers (19)

Left-handed pitchers (4)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (9)

Outfielders (5)

Matt Andriese (35)

Andrew Chafin (40)

Alex Avila (31)

Nick Ahmed (13)

Sócrates Brito (19)

Jake Barrett (33)

T.J. McFarland (30)

Carson Kelly (18)

Kevin Cron (68)

Jarrod Dyson (1)

Silvino Bracho (61)

Robbie Ray (38)

John Ryan Murphy (36)

Eduardo Escobar (5)

Tim Locastro (10)

Archie Bradley (25)

Robby Scott (63)

 

Wilmer Flores (41)

David Peralta (6)

Taylor Clarke (72)

 

 

Jake Lamb (22)

Steven Souza Jr. (28)

Zack Godley (52)

   

Domingo Leyba (74)

 

Nick Green (45)

   

Ketel Marte (4)

 

Zack Greinke (21)

 

 

Ildemaro Vargas (15)

 

Yoshihisa Hirano (66)

   

Christian Walker (53)

 

Merrill Kelly (29)

   

 

 

Matt Koch (55)

       

Joey Krehbiel (65)

       

Yoan López (50)

       

Joel Payamps (64)

       

Jimmie Sherfy (54)

       

Bo Takahashi (70)

       

Emilio Vargas (67)

       

Taijuan Walker (99)

       

Luke Weaver (24)

       

The club's 20 non-roster invitees:

Right-handed pitchers (8)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (5)

Outfielders (5)

Ryan Atkinson

Tyler Heineman

Jazz Chisholm

Abraham Almonte

Stefan Crichton

Daulton Varsho

Wyatt Mathisen

Andrew Aplin

Rubby De La Rosa

 

Juniel Querecuto

Rob Refsnyder

Jon Duplantier

 

Kelby Tomlinson

Matt Szczur

Kevin Ginkel

 

Andy Young

Yasmany Tomás

Troy Scribner

 

 

 

Braden Shipley

 

 

 

Taylor Widener

 

 

 

 

 

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Royal Rumble burger available at Chase Field this Sunday

Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment and Levy Restaurants will offer a special Royal Rumble burger that will be available at Chase Field this Sunday for WWE's Royal Rumble event.

The Royal Rumble Burger features an 18 oz. pork bratwurst patty topped with Cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, crispy coleslaw, fried onions and barbeque aioli on a toasted onion roll and garnished with fried mac and cheese wedges.

Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment and Levy Restaurants will offer a special Royal Rumble burger that will be available at Chase Field this Sunday for WWE's Royal Rumble event.

The Royal Rumble Burger features an 18 oz. pork bratwurst patty topped with Cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, crispy coleslaw, fried onions and barbeque aioli on a toasted onion roll and garnished with fried mac and cheese wedges.

The Royal Rumble burger will be available for $13 at the Taste of Chase stand on the main concourse on Sunday only at Chase Field. Limited tickets are still available for WWE's Royal Rumble this Sunday at Chase Field at www.ticketmaster.com

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D-backs agree to terms with Wilmer Flores on a 1-year contract

LHP Jared Miller designated for assignment

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Wilmer Flores on a 1-year contract with a team option for 2020. To make room for Flores on the roster, the D-backs designated LHP Jared Miller for assignment. The D-backs' 40-man roster is at 40.
  
Flores, 27, appeared in 126 games with the Mets in 2018, playing 83 at first base (73 starts), 13 at second base (6) and 10 at third base (9). He set career highs with 25 doubles and 29 walks, while batting .267 AVG/.319 OBP/.417 SLG with 11 home runs and 51 RBI.
 
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder hit 10 of his 11 homers and posted a .804 OPS off right-handers last season and, in his career, owns a .780 OPS vs. lefties. Flores also achieved a career-best 10.21 plate appearance per strikeout rate in 2018, the fourth-lowest mark in the Majors behind Andrelton Simmons/LAA (13.64), Michael Brantley/CLE (10.52) and Victor Martinez/DET (10.37) [min. 400 PA]. 
 
Additionally, Flores led the Majors with 4 walk-off RBI in 2018, and his 10 walk-off RBI are the most in all of baseball since 2014 and the most in Mets history, 1 more than David Wright (9).
 
Flores, who played in 13 postseason games in 2015, was the only Met to record 10+ home runs in each of the last 4 seasons, and is 1 of 6 Mets to have at least 4 double-digit homer seasons by age 26 or younger (also: David Wright [6x], Darryl Strawberry [6x], Ed Kranepool [6x], Edgardo Alfonzo [4x] and John Milner [4x]).
 
In 6 seasons with the Mets (2013-18), Flores hit .262 AVG/.303 OBP/.424 SLG with 96 doubles, 2 triples, 68 home runs, 253 RBI in 581 games. He totaled 162 games at shortstop, 143 games at third base, 139 at first base and 101 at second base.
 
The Valencia, Venezuela, native signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on August 6, 2007.
 
Miller, 25, combined to go 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA (37 ER in 48.0 IP), 59 strikeouts and 67 walks in 44 appearances between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Reno in 2018. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Wilmer Flores on a 1-year contract with a team option for 2020. To make room for Flores on the roster, the D-backs designated LHP Jared Miller for assignment. The D-backs' 40-man roster is at 40.
  
Flores, 27, appeared in 126 games with the Mets in 2018, playing 83 at first base (73 starts), 13 at second base (6) and 10 at third base (9). He set career highs with 25 doubles and 29 walks, while batting .267 AVG/.319 OBP/.417 SLG with 11 home runs and 51 RBI.
 
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder hit 10 of his 11 homers and posted a .804 OPS off right-handers last season and, in his career, owns a .780 OPS vs. lefties. Flores also achieved a career-best 10.21 plate appearance per strikeout rate in 2018, the fourth-lowest mark in the Majors behind Andrelton Simmons/LAA (13.64), Michael Brantley/CLE (10.52) and Victor Martinez/DET (10.37) [min. 400 PA]. 
 
Additionally, Flores led the Majors with 4 walk-off RBI in 2018, and his 10 walk-off RBI are the most in all of baseball since 2014 and the most in Mets history, 1 more than David Wright (9).
 
Flores, who played in 13 postseason games in 2015, was the only Met to record 10+ home runs in each of the last 4 seasons, and is 1 of 6 Mets to have at least 4 double-digit homer seasons by age 26 or younger (also: David Wright [6x], Darryl Strawberry [6x], Ed Kranepool [6x], Edgardo Alfonzo [4x] and John Milner [4x]).
 
In 6 seasons with the Mets (2013-18), Flores hit .262 AVG/.303 OBP/.424 SLG with 96 doubles, 2 triples, 68 home runs, 253 RBI in 581 games. He totaled 162 games at shortstop, 143 games at third base, 139 at first base and 101 at second base.
 
The Valencia, Venezuela, native signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on August 6, 2007.
 
Miller, 25, combined to go 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA (37 ER in 48.0 IP), 59 strikeouts and 67 walks in 44 appearances between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Reno in 2018. 

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D-backs acquire INF/OF Tim Locastro from New York Yankees

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Yankees for LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 40.

Locastro, 26, has made 21 Major League appearances over the last 2 seasons with the Dodgers (2017-18), hitting .167 (2-for-12) with 1 double, 2 walks, 6 runs scored and 5 stolen bases. The majority of his career appearances came in 2018, hitting .182 (2-for-11) with 1 double, 6 runs scored and 4 stolen bases in 18 games, 10 of which came as a pinch-runner. He was acquired by the Yankees from the Dodgers via trade on Nov. 21, 2018.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Yankees for LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 40.

Locastro, 26, has made 21 Major League appearances over the last 2 seasons with the Dodgers (2017-18), hitting .167 (2-for-12) with 1 double, 2 walks, 6 runs scored and 5 stolen bases. The majority of his career appearances came in 2018, hitting .182 (2-for-11) with 1 double, 6 runs scored and 4 stolen bases in 18 games, 10 of which came as a pinch-runner. He was acquired by the Yankees from the Dodgers via trade on Nov. 21, 2018.

In 6 Minor League seasons in the Blue Jays (2013-15) and Dodgers' (2015-18) systems, he has batted .292 AVG/.376 OBP/.404 SLG with 114 doubles, 19 triples, 28 home runs, 200 RBI, 142 walks, 394 runs scored and 162 stolen bases in 568 games. He entered 2018 rated by Baseball America as the Fastest Baserunner in the Dodgers' system and has been successful in 81.0 percent (162-for-200) of his career stolen base attempts. He has made appearances at second base (271 games), shortstop (130), center field (102), left field (24) and first base (14).

Locastro was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft but was traded to the Dodgers on July 2, 2015. He played collegiately at Ithaca College.

Roman, 17, is a native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and signed with the D-backs as an undrafted free agent on July 2, 2018.

 

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D-backs announce 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that 10 games will be broadcast on radio, 11 games on FOX Sports Arizona or FOX Sports Arizona Plus and eight games on webcast throughout Spring Training. In addition, all games televised on FOX Sports Arizona (FSAZ) or FOX Sports Arizona Plus (FSAZ+) will also be streamed on the FOX Sports app. 
 
FOX Sports Arizona/FOX Sports Arizona Plus TV games include:
•   March 1 vs. Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 6 @ Milwaukee Brewers at 1:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 7 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 8 @ Milwaukee Brewers at 12:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 9 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 10 @ Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 12 vs. Texas Rangers at 6:40 p.m. (FSAZ+)
•   March 15 @ L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 19 vs. San Diego Padres at 6:40 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 21 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ+)
•   March 26 vs. Chicago White Sox at 12:40 p.m. (FSAZ - D-backs Live pregame show starts at 12:00 p.m.)
 
Radio broadcasts on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and ESPN 620 AM include:
•   February 23 vs. Colorado Rockies at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM) 
•   February 24 @ Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 3 @ Seattle Mariners at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 9 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 10 @ Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 16 vs. Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. (ESPN 620 AM) 
•   March 17 vs. Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 23 @ San Francisco Giants at 1:05p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 25 vs. Chicago White Sox at 6:40 p.m. (ESPN 620 AM)
 
Webcasts on dbacks.com include:
•   February 26 @ Chicago Cubs at 1:05 p.m. 
•   February 28 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 5 @ Kansas City Royals at 6:05 p.m. 
•   March 7 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 13 @ Colorado Rockies at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 14 vs. San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 19 vs. San Diego Padres at 6:40 p.m.
•   March 21 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m.
 
In addition, D-backs games played in Monterrey, Mexico on March 9 and 10 will be broadcast in Spanish on Univision Radio KHOV 105.1 FM. 
 
The complete Spring Training broadcast schedule can be found at dbacks.com/broadcast. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that 10 games will be broadcast on radio, 11 games on FOX Sports Arizona or FOX Sports Arizona Plus and eight games on webcast throughout Spring Training. In addition, all games televised on FOX Sports Arizona (FSAZ) or FOX Sports Arizona Plus (FSAZ+) will also be streamed on the FOX Sports app. 
 
FOX Sports Arizona/FOX Sports Arizona Plus TV games include:
•   March 1 vs. Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 6 @ Milwaukee Brewers at 1:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 7 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 8 @ Milwaukee Brewers at 12:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 9 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 10 @ Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 12 vs. Texas Rangers at 6:40 p.m. (FSAZ+)
•   March 15 @ L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 19 vs. San Diego Padres at 6:40 p.m. (FSAZ)
•   March 21 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m. (FSAZ+)
•   March 26 vs. Chicago White Sox at 12:40 p.m. (FSAZ - D-backs Live pregame show starts at 12:00 p.m.)
 
Radio broadcasts on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and ESPN 620 AM include:
•   February 23 vs. Colorado Rockies at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM) 
•   February 24 @ Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 3 @ Seattle Mariners at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 9 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 10 @ Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 16 vs. Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. (ESPN 620 AM) 
•   March 17 vs. Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 23 @ San Francisco Giants at 1:05p.m. (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)
•   March 25 vs. Chicago White Sox at 6:40 p.m. (ESPN 620 AM)
 
Webcasts on dbacks.com include:
•   February 26 @ Chicago Cubs at 1:05 p.m. 
•   February 28 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 5 @ Kansas City Royals at 6:05 p.m. 
•   March 7 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 13 @ Colorado Rockies at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 14 vs. San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m. 
•   March 19 vs. San Diego Padres at 6:40 p.m.
•   March 21 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim at 1:10 p.m.
 
In addition, D-backs games played in Monterrey, Mexico on March 9 and 10 will be broadcast in Spanish on Univision Radio KHOV 105.1 FM. 
 
The complete Spring Training broadcast schedule can be found at dbacks.com/broadcast. 

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D-backs to host Race Against Cancer on March 31

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) will host their seventh annual D-backs Race Against Cancer (#DbacksRace), presented by The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, on March 31 with proceeds benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The 5K/1 mile walk will wind through the streets of downtown Phoenix and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. Registration is now open at dbacks.com/race. 
 
The 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-Mile Family Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at Chase Field. Each participant will receive an exclusive D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal courtesy of Safelite AutoGlass, D-backs drawstring bag and a ticket to a 2019 D-backs home game. Registration is open now through March 25 and is $40 for the 5k and $20 for the 1-Mile. Registration for children 12 and under to participate in the 1-Mile Family Fun Walk is only $5. Fans can also create an online fundraiser to engage family and friends and win great D-backs prizes and experiences, including tickets and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
 
The race was developed to become a voice for all D-backs fans that have been affected by cancer. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and will be distributed to Arizona non-profits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with cancer. Race participants are encouraged to visit the health and wellness expo to learn more about cancer research, screening, treatment and support. 
 
For more information and to register, visit dbacks.com/race.  

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) will host their seventh annual D-backs Race Against Cancer (#DbacksRace), presented by The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, on March 31 with proceeds benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The 5K/1 mile walk will wind through the streets of downtown Phoenix and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. Registration is now open at dbacks.com/race. 
 
The 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-Mile Family Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at Chase Field. Each participant will receive an exclusive D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal courtesy of Safelite AutoGlass, D-backs drawstring bag and a ticket to a 2019 D-backs home game. Registration is open now through March 25 and is $40 for the 5k and $20 for the 1-Mile. Registration for children 12 and under to participate in the 1-Mile Family Fun Walk is only $5. Fans can also create an online fundraiser to engage family and friends and win great D-backs prizes and experiences, including tickets and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
 
The race was developed to become a voice for all D-backs fans that have been affected by cancer. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and will be distributed to Arizona non-profits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with cancer. Race participants are encouraged to visit the health and wellness expo to learn more about cancer research, screening, treatment and support. 
 
For more information and to register, visit dbacks.com/race.  

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Lovullo & Wilken to be honored tomorrow at Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 16th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" fundraiser

PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks' (@Dbacks) manager Torey Lovullo will be honored as the recipient of the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's "In the Spirit of the Game" Fundraiser tomorrow, Jan. 12, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. In addition, D-backs special assignment scout Tim Wilken will be presented the Legends in Scouting Award.

Lovullo, who is entering his third season with the D-backs, was the 2017 National League Manager of the Year in his first season as a manager after leading Arizona to a 93-69 record and a Wild Card victory over the Rockies. He was the seventh manager all-time to earn the award as a rookie manager, while his 93 wins that season were the most in team history by a first-year skipper.

PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks' (@Dbacks) manager Torey Lovullo will be honored as the recipient of the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's "In the Spirit of the Game" Fundraiser tomorrow, Jan. 12, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. In addition, D-backs special assignment scout Tim Wilken will be presented the Legends in Scouting Award.

Lovullo, who is entering his third season with the D-backs, was the 2017 National League Manager of the Year in his first season as a manager after leading Arizona to a 93-69 record and a Wild Card victory over the Rockies. He was the seventh manager all-time to earn the award as a rookie manager, while his 93 wins that season were the most in team history by a first-year skipper.

In 2018, Lovullo led the D-backs to a 82-80 record with the club holding the top spot in the NL West standings for 125 days. He earned his 100th win in his 171st regular season game as a Major League manager on April 8 @ Cardinals, becoming the fastest active manager to reach the 100-win milestone.

Lovullo will receive the honor from Hall of Fame manager, Tommy Lasorda, and current Dodger manager and fellow UCLA alumnus, Dave Roberts. Lovullo will join previous managers honored including Terry Francona, Roberts, Terry Collins, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Don Mattingly, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Bobby Cox, Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa and Bobby Valentine.

Wilken, a 2016 inductee into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame, is entering his fourth season with the D-backs and his second in his current role after spending the 2016-17 seasons as a special assistant to the general manager. Prior to joining Arizona, he spent 10 seasons with the Cubs, serving as a special assistant to the president and general manager from 2012-15 and director of amateur and professional scouting from 2006-12, with several players he drafted playing significant roles in the Cubs' 2016 World Championship. He also spent 3 seasons with the Rays from 2003-05 in the same roles.

Wilken began his career with 25 seasons in the Blue Jays' organization from 1979-2002, rising to the position of vice president of baseball operations. The club was later honored as Baseball America's Organization of the Year in 2003.

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation was started by former player agent Dennis Gilbert and D-backs executive Roland Hemond, among others. The foundation assists the dedicated baseball scouts across the country, who have given so much back to the great game. Gilbert's group helps those scouts in need. Over the past 15 years, many of Major League Baseball's current and former stars have been among the 1,500 guests in attendance. This strong support has helped the foundation raise nearly $2 million for the scouts.

The cocktail reception and silent auction with begin at 5:00 p.m. with the dinner and awards starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available by calling (818) 224-3906.

 

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