The Diamondbacks are sellers

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The Diamondbacks have come to grips with the fact that they aren’t very good, which means that it’s selling time in Arizona:

“It’s the middle of June and we’re 10 games under .500, so I think
there’s a reality as far as the types of discussions we have had and
will have with other clubs,” Byrnes said . . .

. . . To this point, Byrnes has given no indication that he is
planning a major overhaul. So, for now, if the team makes a move, look
for it to be with one of the veterans who are in the final year of
their contracts. Pitchers Doug Davis and Jon Garland fit that profile,
as does second baseman Felipe Lopez. The club would certainly like to
deal Chad Tracy if he is able to get back to being healthy and show the
form he had the first couple of weeks of the season.

Davis is useful and is having a good season. Garland is useful, but not
having a particularly good season. Still, both are the types of
pitchers whose value historically peaks around the trade deadline for
reasons that have more to do with the desperation of contenders than
their inherent worth. I’m not smelling that same kind of desperation
this year — at least not yet — but it’s not inconceivable that the
Dbacks could get something valuable for those guys.

Chad Tracy? He of the .203/.262/.373 line and the tender oblique? I have this feeling he’s not going anywhere.

Report: Phillies close to signing Joaquin Benoit

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.

Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.

The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.

Report: The new collective bargaining agreement reduces players’ meal money

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 18-19 - This Jan. 15, 2014 photo showing new baseball union head Tony Clark during an interview at the organization's headquarters, in New York. Clark has big shoes to fill _ and not just as Michael Weiner's replacement as head of the baseball players' union. Moving from Arizona to New Jersey, the former big league All-Star also needed to find size 15 snowshoes.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.

Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.

Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.

EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.