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New Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno takes an at-bat with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Diamondbacks did some last-minute Christmas shopping on Friday, acquiring catcher Gabriel Moreno and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Daulton Varsho. Moreno, 22, was ranked by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in baseball entering the 2022 season. He is currently listed at No. 3 in Baseball America’s rankings — two spots ahead of Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll. “He has the ability to be an impact catcher behind the plate, offensively and defensively,” Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said. “He’s a really good hitter. He’s always been a good hitter. He’s hit since the day he came into baseball. I think that’s the reason that people think as…

The lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, the host site of the 2022 Winter Meetings.

SAN DIEGO — As Day 2 of the 2022 Winter Meetings was winding down Tuesday, Chicago Cubs general manager Carter Hawkins had already prepared himself for another long night of negotiations. “I’m not sure how the circles under my eyes are looking, but you guys can be the judge of that,” Hawkins told the media cohort in front of him at about 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday. “It’s certainly been full bore here over the last couple of days, and I would expect that to be the same tonight.” Yes, Cubs officials who’d made the trip were going to be back in negotiations for most of the night, at least until news broke a few hours later that they had…

Arizona Diamondbacks trade target Sean Murphy homers for the Oakland Athletics.

SAN DIEGO — The Diamondbacks did not make a trade at the Winter Meetings, but they did make plenty of phone calls. According to a report from the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro, one of them was to the Oakland A’s to discuss a trade for catcher Sean Murphy. In 2022, Murphy slashed .250/.332/.426 with 18 homers and 66 RBI in 612 plate appearances. He also ranked third among all MLB catchers in fWAR at 5.1, trailing only the Philadelphia Phillies’ JT Realmuto and the Baltimore Orioles’ Adley Rutcschman. Defensively, Murphy is well-regarded, having won a Gold Glove in 2021 and ranking among the league leaders in pitch framing in 2022. The Diamondbacks’ interest in Murphy initially may seem like an…

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen spoke with the media about the MLB draft lottery on Monday.

SAN DIEGO — “First pick is unrealistic,” says Mike Fitzgerald, sunken into a couch with feet propped up by an ottoman in the Diamondbacks’ general manager suite. “Third pick is greedy. So we’re going four. “Greed doesn’t get rewarded in this world,” he says. “There is a process,” Mike Hazen adds. “We’re trying to show gratitude to the universe, and we think four is realistically not greedy.” Fitzgerald is the Diamondbacks’ director of research and development, and is one of the most well-respected analytics minds in baseball. Hazen is the Diamondbacks’ general manager and had just been discussing the balance between StatCast data and scouting reports when evaluating infield defenders. But ask them about the inaugural MLB draft lottery —…

Diamondbacks free agent target Xander Bogaerts doubles against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

SAN DIEGO — For the second time in the past week, the Diamondbacks have been tied to free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The rumor was first circulated by ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan in a column that he published last week. On Monday, MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi followed that up with a report of his own. Bogaerts is an outstanding player. In his age-29 season with the Boston Red Sox in 2022, he slashed .307/.377/.456 with 15 homers, 73 RBI and 6.1 fWAR. Bogaerts’ shortstop defense has historically been below average, but his defense metrics in 2022 were well above average for the first time in his career. Despite Bogaerts’ impressive résumé, he and the Diamondbacks are an odd pairing for several reasons.…

Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis, just traded to the Diamondbacks, jogs to first after drawing a walk.

The Diamondbacks made their second trade in three days on Thursday, acquiring 27-year-old outfielder Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners for outfielder/catcher Cooper Hummel. On paper, the D-backs exchanged a player that might not have made their Opening Day roster for a player that was once the consensus top prospect in the Mariners’ system and is still only two years removed from winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. So, what’s the catch? There are several, the most pressing of which is that Lewis’ injury history might not fit on a CVS receipt. With that comes inherent risk, but Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that Lewis fills a more pressing need for the team than Hummel. “We felt…

Evan Longoria plays against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.

Updated on Nov. 12, 2022. When USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that 37-year-old third baseman Evan Longoria had interest in playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023, it was unknown whether the sentiment was mutual. On Thursday, a new report from AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro suggested that the Diamondbacks could have interest in Longoria, too. It is no secret that Longoria...

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Zach Davies pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.

When the Diamondbacks signed Zach Davies shortly before the 2022 season, the 29-year-old was coming off the worst season of his career. His league-leading 75 walks and 43.3-percent hard-hit rate in 2021 were severe outliers for a pitcher known as a control specialist and soft contact artist. His 5.78 ERA didn’t exactly stand out in last year’s free-agent class. The...

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Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen addresses the media at Chase Field.

For a 74-win team that finished 37 games out of the NL West and 13 games out of the playoffs, the Arizona Diamondbacks stirred more than their fair share of excitement in 2022. After winning 52 games a year ago, the team forged a new identity. The Diamondbacks are young, fast, athletic and — somehow — a not-so-outrageous pick to...

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