D'Backs add Bob Howry on a one-year deal

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Bob Howry headshot.jpgNick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have come to terms with reliever Bob Howry on a one-year deal with a club option for 2011. The contract, believed to be in the area of $2-3 million, is contingent upon a physical.

Howry, 35, tallied a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/23 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3
innings (63 games) with the Giants last season. One of the game’s most
durable bullpen arms, he has made at least 63 appearances in each of
the last five seasons. The Arizona-native has a 3.36 ERA over 12 career
seasons.

Howry is yet another new piece for A.J. Hinch’s bullpen, as the
D’Backs picked up right-hander Aaron Heilman from the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers in November.

Padres to place Franchy Cordero on DL, activate Hunter Renfroe

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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.

Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”

Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.