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Dave Stewart’s first move as Diamondbacks GM was the easy one


When the Diamondbacks brought in Tony La Russa as team president, it was a given that manager Kirk Gibson would be shown the door. The only question was timing. Now that they have a new general manager in Dave Stewart, the timing was right: Gibson was ousted Friday with three games left in the season. Technically, it was Stewart’s initial move as general manager, and practically, it gives him what should be a popular head start with the fanbase, even if the call was made before his arrival.

The real work for Stewart will start in a few weeks. Former GM Kevin Towers left him an absolute mess to work with after selling off several of the team’s best prospects for less talented players who fit his mold of what a team should look like. Making the situation even more difficult is that, by and large, the younger players the Diamondbacks have introduced this year have held their own. That’s a good thing, for sure, but it’makes it a lot more difficult to decide where to upgrade.

Here are the 26-and-under players the Diamondbacks have tried this year:

Didi Gregorius (24): .221/.288/.364. Plus defense at short
Chris Owings (22): .261/.300/.406. Adequate at short, potentially plus at 2B.
Nick Ahmed (24): .200/.235/..277 in 65 AB. Top-notch defensive potential at SS.
Jake Lamb (23): .237/.273/.395 in 114 AB. Solid defense at third.

A.J. Pollock (26): .307/.353/.512. Looks like a keeper in center.
Ender Inciarte (23): .275/.318/.355. One of the league’s best defensive outfielders
David Peralta (26): .286/.319/.447. 111 OPS+. Subpar defense in right.

If you put five or six of those guys alongside Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero next year, you’re still probably not going to have a very good lineup. But who are the keepers? Pollock seems like an obvious choice, and Owings has more room to grow. I’m not a big fan of Gregorius or the other two outfielders.

The Diamondbacks also have Aaron Hill under control for two more years and $24 million. Mark Trumbo is due about $6 million in arbitration. Laughably, Cody Ross is due another $9.5 million for next year (including his $1 million buyout for 2016). If the Diamondbacks are willing to give away 2015, they can pay someone to take Hill, probably sell low on Trumbo and continue to play the youngsters. If they’re not, then they’ll need to upgrade at third base and hope that Inciarte or Peralta can excel in right, with Trumbo back in left. Or they could trade Trumbo anyway and sign a free agent outfielder.

In the rotation, the Diamondbacks have Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter, Trevor Cahill, top prospect Archie Bradley, Daniel Hudson and then these guys:

Chase Anderson (26): 4.01 ERA, 105/40 K/BB in 114 IP
Randall Delgado (24): 6.61 ERA in 4 starts, 4.63 ERA, 74/28 K/BB in 58 1/3 IP as reliever
Vidal Nuno (26): 3.76 ERA, 69/20 K/BB in 83 2/3 IP since arriving in Brandon McCarthy deal.
Andrew Chafin (24): 3.86 ERA in three late starts

With Patrick Corbin hoping to return from Tommy John surgery in June and Bronson Arroyo potentially back in July.

The Diamondbacks aren’t at all likely to sign one of the aces available this winter, and it’s worth wondering whether it makes sense to spend big for a third or fourth starter when contending seems like a long shot. If all breaks right, the Diamondbacks could finish next year with a very promising rotation led by Corbin and Bradley, with top prospect Braden Shipley banging down the door and perhaps even Hudson recapturing his former promise. In the meantime, I don’t see how a $10 million-per-year band-aid will do much good.

So, that’s the dilemma Stewart faces. The smart strategy would seem to be to proceed quietly, let the team take its lumps in 2015 in an effort to reemerge as a contender in 2016. But with a new team president, a new GM and a new manager, it’s hard to imagine they won’t try to make some sort of splash, for better or worse.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 4, Royals 3; Royals 2, Indians 0: The resumption of the suspended game was probably a foregone conclusion, though the Royals did make it interesting by adding a run in the 10th. The full game was far more interesting from their perspective, however, as Danny Duffy tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest. This, combined with the Tigers’ loss pulls Kansas City to within one of Detroit in the division. This combined with the Mariners’ loss gives them a two-game lead in the wild card. Not a bad night all things considered.

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt — who I will freely admit I had never heard of before the moment I read this box score — tossed seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the second best offense in the American League. Tyler Flowers with a two-run homer for all of the game’s offense. Bassitt is from the Toledo area, I gather, so dominating the Tigers in Detroit was probably pretty special to him.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4: Seattle does not, to put it bluntly, keep pace. Jose Bautista was 3 for 3 with a homer and walked to reach base a fourth time. The walk came with the bases loaded. James Paxton was absolutely rocked. And not in a good, Def Leppard kind of way. It was in a bad, nine runs in two and two-thirds kind of way.

Athletics 8, Angels 4: Oakland does, in contrast, keep pace and remains at the top of the wild card standings. The A’s plated six in the first inning and Jeff Samardzija was excellent, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. The pen was not as excellent — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off of Evan Scribner — but Oakland had enough of a margin by then.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Giants still have some fight in them for the division, pulling to within three and a half of L.A. after this 13-inning win. Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th and then Gregor Blanco put it away, more or less, with a two-run double. Blanco also homered to lead off the game. Even if the Giants don’t catch L.A., the win helps them keep pace with the Pirates, whom they must beat out by a game in order to host the wild card matchup.


Yankees 5, Orioles 0: Derek Jeter is going out with a bang. He drove in three, hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. His three runs driven in push him past Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente and ties him with Paul Molitor on the all-time RBI list. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing only one hit in seven and a third, striking out eight and allowing just one walk.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: I guess having a new interim general manager for, like, nine hours was not enough to goose the Braves’ offense. Andrew McCutchen homered and Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen didn’t give the Braves’ squat. It’s gotta feel really good to be a Braves pitcher these days and know that if you don’t pitch a complete game shutout, you got no chance.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 20th, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings. Jon Jay dove in three, Matt Adams two. The Cards look ready for the playoffs to start.

Padres 1, Rockies 0: San Diego wins their fifth in a row and seventh of eight. Eric Stults shut Colorado out for six and a third. Rene Rivera’s RBI double in the first constituted the game’s only offense. With an early run, no more offense and the thing ending before 10pm, this was basically the quintessential Petco Park game. I’ve been to hat park, I dunno, seven or eight times, and almost every game has been like that.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: The Rangers have won nine of ten. Hey, we all start slow, right? Guilder Rodriguez — who played in the minor leagues for 13 years before being called up when rosters expanded — had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single. After the game he said “This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born. It’s unbelievable. I feel great.” Sorry. I need a moment. Got some dust in my eye.

Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2: Theory: an interleague game between non-rivals in late September, both of whom really suck may be The Least Essential Game in Major League History. It counted, though. Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the seventh and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Angels 8, Mariners 1: The Angels become the first team to clinch a playoff spot. It took a couple of bumps and bruises to get there. Matt Shoemaker got the took a shutout into the eighth inning, but felt some discomfort in his left side after leaving the game. Albert Pujols left with a hamstring injury. Both injuries appear to be minor. David Freese and Brennan Boesch each went deep. Pujols had a three-run double. Seattle is now two back in the wild card.

Royals 4, White Sox 3: Last week Ned Yost took a lot of crap — from this corner of the Internet included — for trying to run his way into a rally by having pinch runner Jarrod Dyson steal third. Here it set off a much more happier sequence. In the bottom of the ninth inning with the White Sox up 3-2, Dyson stole third base and kept on running after a wild pitch to score the tying run. Nori Aoki then doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Terrance Gore. Lorenzo Cain then drove Gore in with an infield chopper which allowed Gore to come all the way around from second base to score the winning run. So viva speed and viva Ned Yost. At least for last night.

Nationals 4, Braves 2: The Nats inch closer to their inevitable NL East title. Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings. The Braves rallied a bit in the ninth but it ended when B.J. Upton — who was somehow allowed to bat while a rally was in progress — grounded out to end it. The Nats can clinch if they win tonight. If they do, they’ll dance on the Turner Field while the Braves watch. And then, this offseason (a) no Braves coaches will be fired because someone will say “hey, it wasn’t the coaches’ fault”; and (b) no wholesale personnel moves will be made either because “[insert comments about believing in these players].” Accountability for this uninspiring disaster of a season is pretty unlikely. Wheeee!

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 2: The O’s too are within one win of a division title. Wei-Yin Chen won his 16th. Ryan Flaherty homered and Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI as the Orioles won their eighth of nine.

Marlins 6, Mets 5: Jacob deGrom continues his fantastic rookie season, this time striking out 13 Marlins hitters in seven innings while allowing three runs. He struck out the first eight batters in the game, actually, before allowing a single to the opposing pitcher of all people. The win, however, eluded him thanks to the Marlins rallying for three against him and then three more against his compatriots in the bullpen. The Mets old friend Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run single. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run single of his own.

Dodgers 11, Rockies 3: Those eight-run sixth innings will really hurt ya, ya know? L.A. got seven hits that innings, including a Justin Turner two-run double. Matt Kemp hit a homer. He also had words with Yasiel Puig in the dugout over something no one would talk about afterward. I presume it was about Puig asserting that Pitt the Elder was the superior prime minister while Barney argued for Lord Palmerston.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2: Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam off Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants couldn’t muster much against Wade Miley. That puts San Francisco four games back of L.A. in the West.

Tigers 8, Twins 6: The Tigers keep their one and a half game cushion over K.C. by winning their fourth straight. Tied in the ninth, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera went back-to-back. The Tigers get six more games against the Twins after this one. That helps matters.

Astros 3, Indians 1: Jose Altuve went three for four with a triple and an RBI single, raising his average to .342. Altuve is one hit away from tying the Astros’ single-season hit mark, held by Craig Biggio. Four straight losses for Cleveland. They can start putting deposits on their October vacations as well.

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Cubs 1, Reds 0: Anthony Rizzo with the walkoff homer was the only offense here. It was his first game back after missing 18 games due to back problems. I could’ve shoe-horned a Berman-esque “back, back, back” there to add a few more “backs” but that would not be in keeping with the high quality craftsmanship to which you are accustomed in this feature. Back.

Padres 1, Phillies 0: Andrew Cashner tosses a two-hit shutout and helped plate the game’s only run by reaching on an E-5 thanks to which Rene Rivera scored. This one ended in a cool 2:09. Everyone involved in this one probably has a rockin’ October vacation planned and they’re doing what they can to hasten its arrival.

Rays 1, Yankees 0: The third 1-0 game of the night and the second which ended on a walkoff. This time a single by Ben Zobrist. This time in a game that lasted 3:28 because, god, who the heck knows. The Yankees were eliminated from contention for the division title.

Angels place Tyler Skaggs on the disabled list

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Tyler Skaggs exited Thursday’s start in the fifth inning with forearm tightness and now the Angels have placed the 22-year-old left-hander on the disabled list.

Skaggs, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks this offseason in the trade for Mark Trumbo, has a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts with an 86/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings.

He was throwing a no-hitter at the time of the injury, but now he’s been shut down with what the team is calling a strained forearm and Hector Santiago may be called upon to re-enter the Angels’ rotation.

Tyler Skaggs leaves after 4 2/3 hitless innings due to left forearm tightness

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UPDATE: According to DiGiovanna, the Angels have announced that Skaggs exited with left forearm tightness. The early word is that it’s not considered serious, but he will be examined by doctors.

8:52 p.m. ET: This hasn’t been a good night on the injury front for pitchers.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs was forced to make an early exit from his start against the Orioles this evening due to an apparent arm injury. Making it doubly frustrating, he threw 4 2/3 hitless innings before leaving the game. As DiGiovanna notes, Skaggs appeared to be looking at the inside of his left forearm, which isn’t a good sign. We should know more soon, but the Angels could be in the market for a starter in August if this turns out to be serious.

Acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Mark Trumbo deal over the winter, Skaggs has posted a 4.30 ERA and 86/30 K/BB ratio over 113 innings this season.