Cubs made headlines on Saturday by naming former Cub player Henry Blanco as their new quality assurance coach, replacing Juan Castro. Blanco spent 16 years in majors and last year as a coach for D-Backs. Some hot stove news and a recap of the winter league action.
November 23, 2014
Age is not a concern for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have resigned their two oldest free agents, John McDonald and Henry Blanco. The 37-year-old infielder got a two-year deal while the 40-year-old catcher received a raise for 2012 and an option for 2013.
November 4, 2011
Despite a nail-biting loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks performed better in 2011 than anyone could have expected. Moreover, the crew headed by general manager Kevin Towers and field manager Kirk Gibson is built to contend for the foreseeable future.
October 14, 2011
No one expected the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks to play in the postseason to begin with. Certainly, it was a surprise that they were able to force Brewers closer John Axford to blow his first save since April and come within a run of the first NLDS win ever following an 0-2 deficit. But the D-backs fell just shy of completing the ultimate upset due in part to a questionable managerial decision.
October 7, 2011
The Arizona Diamondbacks completed their 30th come-from-behind victory of the season in dramatic fashion Tuesday, with MVP candidate Justin Upton driving in four runs to help the D-backs overcome a six-run deficit against the Houston Astros for the second time this year.
August 10, 2011
When Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers signed Sean Burroughs to a minor league contract this winter, people assumed it was just a token gesture towards one of his former players during his San Diego days. Burroughs has astonished everyone by earning a spot on the major league roster.
May 24, 2011
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with catcher Henry Blanco and outfielder Xavier Nady. Blanco agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012 and Nady agreed to a one-year contract for 2011. Pitcher Roque Mercedes and utility man Rusty Ryal have been removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate Blanco and Nady.
December 17, 2010