Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

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It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster.
Crosby received just 12 at-bats during his time in Arizona, collecting two doubles and two RBI. Overall, he’s hit .220/.294/.298 in 168 at-bats for the Pirates and Diamondbacks this season.
The 2004 AL Rookie of the Year with the A’s, Crosby started getting hurt as a sophomore and has played in 100 games in a season just once since. He posted an 802 OPS in 84 games in 2005, but he came in at 636, 619, 645 and 652 in his final four seasons in Oakland. This year will go down as his worst yet.
The other two players the Diamondbacks picked up, right-hander D.J. Carrasco and outfielder Ryan Church, haven’t fared any better. Carrasco has allowed 11 runs — five earned — and walked eight in 8 2/3 innings for his new team. Churck is 4-for-19 with one RBI and nine strikeouts. Neither is likely to open next season in the organization.

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.