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Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with all three 2021 candidates

Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with all three 2021 candidates

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ Guess we can put down the popcorn. :) 1 pm Eastern time today was the deadline for arbitration, with players and teams exchanging figures. While doing so doesn’t prevent them coming to an agreement - that can happen, literally, up until the two sides enter the arbitration hearing - it’s quite common for there to be a flurry of agreements on this date. Teams would rather not have to tell players a hard figure of what they think the player is worth, and the same probably goes from the other side. It could be disconcerting to find a large gap...
7 hours ago
Corbin Carroll continues rise up D-backs farm system rankings

Corbin Carroll continues rise up D-backs farm system rankings

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Arizona’s swiss-army-knife is generating buzz as the team’s top prospect A new prospect has reached the top of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system rankings. Outfielder Corbin Carroll, 20, has been on a steady rise since his pro debut in 2019 and has garnered recognition as the club’s top prospect heading into 2021. Baseball America ranked him as its No. 1 prospect ahead of notable outfielders Kristian Robinson and Alek Thomas. Prospects Live also ranked Carroll above Robinson in its 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks Top Prospects...
Jan 14, 2021
2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations

2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations

Photo by Norm Hall/ The final contenders in the last award for the 2020 season Thanks to those who chipped in with their nominees previously. Two names received multiple votes, though as usual there was some confusion i.e. Zac Gallen was already on the final ballot. Read the instructions, people. :) Anyway, Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker were deemed to be the two players most deserving of joining the Pitcher, Unsung Hero and Rookie of the Year winners on the final ballot. Details of all five candidates are below along with the usual poll. It will be interesting to...
Jan 14, 2021
Your 2021 Career Year Diamondbacks

Your 2021 Career Year Diamondbacks

Or how to create a great Diamondbacks team by channeling youthful fantasy When I was 11 years old growing up on Long Island I was introduced to the board simulation game Strat-O-Matic Baseball. The son of one of my Mother’s friends, Michael, was into the game and once while visiting their house he showed it to me. Michael was a bit of a loner, didn’t play sports, and was more or less nerdy. I played sports all day, every day, every season, and was just so-so in school. Baseball was of course my favorite sport. I played little league at the time, and was obsessed with the...
Jan 13, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Whither Bauer?

SB Nation Reacts: Whither Bauer?

Photo by Rob Tringali/ Where do people think Trevor Bauer will land when the free-agency wheel stops turning? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Arizona Diamondbacks fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Nope, still nothing much to report. Of the top 60 free agents according to CBS Sports, less than one-quarter (13) have found a new home. The start of spring training is within eyeshot - a month until pitchers and catchers show up - but some of baseball’s biggest...
Jan 13, 2021
Snake Bytes: 1/13 - Something, Something Watching Paint Dry...

Snake Bytes: 1/13 - Something, Something Watching Paint Dry...

Sean Logan-USA TODAY Sports Your Wednesday morning dose of non-news Diamondbacks Top-5 Offensive Performances Steve Gilbert ranks his top five single-game offensive performances in team history. No bonus points for guessing the top performance in this category. SOmething tells me it may still hold the title in 20 more years. MLB Will Not Mandate Vaccination, COVID Testing When MLB gets back to business this summer, it will not be requiring fans to be tested for COVID or to have taken the vaccination. Nor will MLB be doing temperature checks on fans wishing to enter...
Jan 12, 2021
2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations open

2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations open

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Let’s winnow the wheat from the chaff The final SnakePit award is, of course, the most prestigious, even in a shortened season such as we’ve seen already. Despite there only being 60 games, I am initially inclined to continue the usual process, by which the winners of Rookie, Unsung Hero and Pitcher of the Year awards get automatic nominations, leaving the other slots (probably two or three) open for consideration. I really do not think that we’ll need all that many candidates. But even though the collective performance of the...
Jan 11, 2021
Diamondbacks’ Lineup Protection

Diamondbacks’ Lineup Protection

A pregame line of players. | Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Did lineup protection positively impact the Diamondbacks in 2020? Does the Diamondback batting order have spots with lineup protection? Lineup protection means that the next batter is a power hitter who is respected by the other team’s pitcher. In theory, because of that next batter the pitcher gives the current batter pitches that are easier to hit. If I was a pitcher, the Diamondback power batters who would concern me most are Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker. This AZ SnakePit article concludes...
Jan 11, 2021
Snake Bytes: 01/11 - Diversity

Snake Bytes: 01/11 - Diversity

Chris Brown-USA TODAY Sports Curt Schilling bad. Bianca Smith good. Diamondbacks news Curt Schilling tweets support for U.S. Capitol rioters: ‘A confrontation that matters’ Curt Schilling’s Capitol rioters comments should keep him out of Hall of Fame Without the intent to spark any political discussion, but if there was a case being made for Curt Schilling and the HoF, maybe after last week’s ocurrences his name can be definitely written off the ballots. [MLB Trade Rumors] Offseason Outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks If you do not already know what you should know,...
Jan 10, 2021
Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year: Zac Gallen

Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year: Zac Gallen

Photo by Norm Hall/ The first unanimous vote in the history of the SnakePit Awards Clearly making people attach their usernames to their vote resulted in a general degree of conscientiousness. Technically, it was unanimous across qualified ballots. While there was one vote from Keury Mella, the username attached to that was “Yasmany Tomas”. I have no clue at all who that is, but they are definitely not a member of the SnakePit. Probably some loser somewhere. Otherwise, it was Gallen across the board, to the extent that GuruB voted for him twice. And, really, it’s...
Jan 9, 2021
Your Saturday Sporcle: The hot corner

Your Saturday Sporcle: The hot corner

Yeah, you get Matty as a free starter. I’m feeling generous... :) Last week’s results. We asked about shortstops. No prizes for guessing Nick Ahmed and Stephen Drew were the two best-known, scoring more than 90% of the 96 participants. Though I would like to hear from the two who failed to get Ahmed. I can only presume their cat went on fire just after they started the quiz or something. Average was 36%, which is about in line with previous efforts. At the other end, Jack Reinheimer, Tim Olson and Donnie Sadler proved trickiest. 32% of you figured out that the MW who...
Jan 9, 2021
Diamondbacks Slow Playing the Offseason

Diamondbacks Slow Playing the Offseason

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Mike Hazen is playing a waiting game To say the Diamondbacks have had a slow off season would be a massive understatement. It’s January 9th, less than 6 weeks from when Pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. It’s exactly 7 weeks from when the first Spring Training game is supposed to be played on February 27th. And yet the only player the team has added to the 40 man roster is Taylor Guilbeau who was signed to a minor league deal. While it’s still up in the air whether or not ST will start on time, the lack of movement to...
Jan 9, 2021
Snake Bytes: 1/9 - More Semi-Random Links About Baseball

Snake Bytes: 1/9 - More Semi-Random Links About Baseball

If Arizona’s front office happens to read this, would you please give us something to write about and discuss? Nationals Sign Kyle Schwarber The Nationals have made a significant, yet underwhelming splash in the pool of free agency. In search of another power bat, Washington has signed former Cubs outfielder, Kyle Schwarber to a modest 1-year/$10 million contract. Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda Passes The colourful former skipper of the Los Angeles Dodgers has passed away at the age of 93. Buster Olney’s Top-10s (ESPN+) ESPN’s Buster Olney wraps up his offseason series of...
Jan 8, 2021
Snake Bytes, 1/8: Link Dump

Snake Bytes, 1/8: Link Dump

Photo by Patrick Whittemore/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via A quick and dirty information blast, in no particular order. [Prospects1500] Arizona Diamondbacks 2021 Top 50 Prospects - The Diamondbacks system is vastly underrated. The group includes top-end talent, flame-throwers, high-floor guys, and everything else in between. What’s even better is that there are plenty of very fantasy-friendly prospects here as well. From Corbin Carroll’s 20/30 potential to Kristian Robinson’s 40 home run ceiling to Alek Thomas’s all-around game, there are fantasy gems all...
Jan 7, 2021
Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year Nominations

Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year Nominations

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ There can be only one... No, really. Well, I filtered through the comments - you people really aren’t very good at following instructions, are you? :) But here are the people who seemed, more or less, to be mentioned in the highest number of comments. Archie Bradley A last hurrah for the beard, as he finally got to be the D-backs closer on Opening Day... only for Opening Day to be late July. After blowing his first save on July 26 (but getting the W), he went 6-for-6, despite an overall underwhelming 4.22 ERA. In his...