Trouble in the Desert… Will the Dbacks Be Moving?


Major League Baseball is unhappy with Chase Field’s conditions, even to the point of possibly relocating the Diamondbacks.

According to┬áRebekah L. Sanders, “Major League Baseball officials are so alarmed by recent equipment breakdowns at Chase Field that they might require the Arizona Diamondbacks to leave Phoenix unless the county government pays for millions of dollars in stadium repairs, an attorney for the team warned Tuesday.”

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Way-Too-Early 2017 Rookie of the Year Rankings

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I know the season has just begun, but it’s never too early to start looking at the award candidates for the season. The Rookie of the Year is probably the best to start with since there’s already a limited number of eligible players for the award. So, here are the way too early 2017 Rookie of the Year rankings! Make sure to keep visiting this post, as I’ll keep updating the rankings list regularly, at least until the next post a little bit deeper into the season:

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Hot Stove: JANUARY Recap



  1. Dodgers acquire Logan Forsythe from the Rays, Rays acquire Jose De Leon
  2. Mariners acquire Drew Smyly from the Rays, Rays acquire Mallex Smith
  3. Mariners acquire Jarrod Dyson from the Royals, Royals acquire Nathan Karns
  4. Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles, Orioles acquire Seth Smith
  5. Marlins acquire Dan Straily from the Reds


  1. Orioles re-sign Mark Trumbo (3 years, $37.5 million; $12.5 million AAV)
  2. Blue Jays re-sign Jose Bautista (1 year, $18 million; $18 million AAV)
  3. Angels sign Luis Valbuena (2 years, $15 million; $7.5 million AAV)
  4. Royals sign Brandon Moss (2 years, $12 million; $6 million AAV)
  5. Athletics sign Santiago Casilla (2 years, $11 million; $5.5 million AAV)


  1. Jose De Leon (from LAD to TB in Lorsythe trade) – MLB’s overall #33
  2. Luiz Gohara (from SEA to ATL in Smith trade) – Mariners #5
  3. Luis Castillo (from MIA to CIN in Straily trade) – Marlins #5
  4. Austin Brice (from MIA to CIN in Straily trade) – Marlins #9
  5. Ryan Yarbrough (from SEA to TB in Smyly trade) – Mariners #13


Seattle Mariners: The Mariners made another four trades in the month of January, adding to their grand total of eleven now this offseason. In January, the Mariners acquire a pair of solid starters in All-Star Yovanni Gallardo and left-hander Drew Smyly. They replaced Nathan Karns and Seth Smith with speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The Mariners, however, did part with some prospects: #5 Gohara, #25 Burrows, #13 Yarbrough, Carlos Vargas, and Mallex Smith.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays were surprisingly active in January, both on the free agent and trade fronts. On the free agent side, they inked Colby Rasmus to join their outfield jam and added a quality reliever in Shawn Tolleson for cheap. On the trade front, they parted with Drew Smyly, Logan Forsythe, and former first-round pick Mikie Mahtook. In return, they added yet another outfielder in Mallex Smith which made Mahtook expendable. Besides Mallex Smith, they acquired two Mariners’ prospects as well as a top-100 prospect and future ace Jose De Leon from the Dodgers. The Rays add to their ever-growing young talented rotation that already includes Archer, Snell, and Odorizzi.

Oakland Athletics: The Athletics were active on the free agent market, signing 3 players to major league deals and 2 players with upside to minor-league deals. They reunited with Rajai Davis and Santiago Casilla on short-term deals as well as Trevor Plouffe. The Athletics also signed Alejandro De Aza and Ross Detwiler to minor-league deals. Both players could end up contributing to the major-league team in 2017.


  • Padres claim Tyrell Jenkins
  • Reds sign Drew Storen to a one-year deal worth $3 million
  • Orioles sign Jesus Montero to a minor-league deal
  • Dbacks sign Rubby De La Rosa to a minor league deal
  • Royals acquire Peter O’Brien from the Dbacks for Sam Lewis
  • Athletics sign Rajai Davis to a one-year deal worth $6 million
  • White Sox sign All-Star Geovany Soto to a minor-league deal
  • Mariners acquire All-Star Yovani Gallardo and cash from the Orioles for Seth Smith 
  • Mariners acquire Jarrod Dyson from the Royals for Nathan Karns 
  • Rays sign Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal worth $5 million
  • Athletics sign Trevor Plouffe to a one-year deal worth $5 million
  • Twins sign All-Star Ryan Vogelsong to a minor-league deal
  • Braves acquire the Mariners’ #5 prospect Luiz Gohara and the Mariners’ #25 propsect Thomas Burrows from the Mariners for Mallex Smith and Shae Simmons
  • Mariners acquire Drew Smyly from the Rays for Mallex Smith, the Mariners’ #13 prospect Ryan Yarbrough, and Carlos Vargas
  • Athletics sign Santiago Casilla to a two-year deal worth $11 million
  • Rockies sign Chris Denorfia to a minor-league deal
  • Padres sign All-Star Trevor Cahill to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million
  • Braves acquire Micah Johnson from the Dodgers for a PTBNL
  • Rangers sign All-Star Tyson Ross to a one-year deal worth $6 million
  • Dbacks sign Chris Iannetta to a one-year deal
  • Phillies sign All-Star Michael Saunders to a one-year deal worth $9 million and a mutual option worth $11 million
  • Rangers re-sign 5x All-Star Josh Hamilton to a minor-league deal
  • Blue Jays re-sign 6x All-Star Jose Bautista to a one-year deal worth $18 million and a mutual option for 2018 and a vesting option for 2019
  • Braves sign Blaine Boyer to a minor-league deal
  • Dbacks sign Gregor Blanco to a minor-league deal
  • Red Sox sign Kyle Kendrick to a minor-league deal
  • Tigers acquire Mikie Mahtook from the Rays for a PTBNL or cash
  • Athletics sign Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal
  • Marlins acquire Dan Straily from the Reds for the Marlins’ #5 prospect Luis Castillo, the Marlins’ #9 prospect Austin Brice, and the Marlins’ #16 prospect Isaiah White
  • Orioles re-sign 2x All-Star Mark Trumbo to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million
  • Angels sign Luis Valbuena to a two-year deal with an option
  • Brewers sign Joba Chamberlain to a minor-league deal
  • Athletics sign Alejandro de Aza to a minor-league deal
  • Rangers sign James Loney to a minor-league deal
  • Braves sign All-Star Kurt Suzuki to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million
  • Giants sign Jae-gyun Hwang to a minor-league deal
  • Rays sign Shawn Tolleson to a one-year deal worth $1 million
  • Dodgers acquire Logan Forsythe from the Rays for the MLB’s #33 prospect Jose De Leon
  • Cubs sign Brett Anderson to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million
  • Dbacks sign Josh Thole to a minor-league deal
  • Giants sign Nick Hundley to a one-year deal worth $2 million
  • Marlins acquire Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies for a PTBNL/cash
  • Blue Jays sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor-league deal
  • Angels sign Eric Young, Sr. to a minor-league deal
  • Dodgers acquire Brett Eibner from the Athletics for Jordan Tarsovich
  • Athletics sign Adam Rosales to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million
  • Rockies sign 2x All-Star Greg Holland to a one-year deal worth $7 million with a vesting option
  • Phillies sign Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league deal
  • Indians sign Austin Jackson to a minor-league deal
  • Nationals re-sign Stephen Drew to a minor-league deal
  • Reds sign Scott Feldman to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million
  • Dodgers sign Ike Davis to a minor-league deal
  • Nationals sign Vance Worley to a minor-league deal
  • Royals sign All-Star Brandon Moss to a two-year deal worth $12 million
  • Blue Jays sign Lucas Harrell to a minor-league deal
  • Indians acquire Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for cash
  • Angels sign Bud Norris to a minor-league deal
  • Indians re-sign Adam Moore to a minor-league deal
  • Nationals sign 6x All-Star Joe Nathan to a minor-league deal
  • Nationals sign Matt Albers to a minor-league deal
  • Rockies sign All-Star Dominic Brown to a minor-league deal
  • Blue Jays sign J.P. Howell to a one-year deal worth $3 million