The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson, a source confirmed to Cover Those Bases on Monday.
Hudson's deal with the Pirates is for two years and is worth $11 million, the source said. The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives for both seasons based on games finished. They begin to kick when Hudson finishes 30 games, and they will max out if he finishes 60.
Hudson will add to the back-end of a Pirates bullpen that has lost two crucial pieces in the last calendar year in Mark Melancon and Neftali Feliz (who is still a free agent at the time of this writing).
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Jeff Mathis, a source confirmed to Cover Those Bases. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was the first to report the deal.
According to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports, the sides have agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract.
The D-Backs' signing of Mathis comes on the heels of their non-tender of catcher Welington Castillo, who may have gotten too expensive in arbitration for what they are apparently looking for.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners have completed a five-player trade on Wednesday, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported and the team announced.
In the deal, the Diamondbacks acquired starting pitcher Taijuan Walker and young shortstop Ketel Marte from Seattle.
The Mariners, on the other side, acquired shortstop Jean Segura, outfield prospect Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis from Arizona.
There's obviously a lot to unpack in this blockbuster, which was the first of Mike Hazen's career as Diamondbacks general manager.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their new manager on Friday.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix first reported the hiring. He noted that the press conference to introduce Lovullo be on Monday.
With the move to Arizona, Lovullo will follow ex-Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen out west.
On Oct. 3, the Diamondbacks both fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Phil Nevin at the end of a disappointing season where the team finished fourth in the NL West with a 69-93 record.
Thirteen days later, Arizona brought in Hazen, and ever since, many have hypothesized that he would bring Lovullo with him to fill the manager's role.
The 51 year old Lovullo has been serving as the Boston Red Sox bench coach since 2013. In 2015, he was the Red Sox' interim manager while permanent manager John Farrell missed the end of the season with lymphoma, a type of a cancer. In his absence, Lovullo carried the team to a 28-21 record.
Many around the league thought that Lovullo would be a big league manager at some point during his career, but until now, he has never been given the opportunity for a full-time position despite having interviewed for multiple jobs in the past.
An alumni of UCLA, Lovullo spent parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues as a player before transitioning into coaching in 2001. Outside of the Red Sox' bench coach job, Lovullo's only other spot in the big leagues was as the Blue Jays' 1st base coach from 2011 to 2012.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Mike Hazen as their executive vice president and general manager, they announced on Sunday.
Arizona fired ex-GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Oct. 3 after a poor showing this season.
Hazen, 40, comes from Boston, where he had been serving as the Red Sox's general manager since September 2015. Despite his title, Hazen did not have complete personnel control, as President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski truly ran the front office.
With Arizona, it's likely that Hazen will have the final say when it comes to player decisions.
Prior to the Red Sox, Hazen had been in a few different roles around baseball. After graduating from Princeton, Hazen played minor league baseball with the Padres but went to work in the Cleveland Indians' front office once his playing career came to an end. He was the Indians' assistant director of player development from 2004 to 2005.
In addition to Hazen, the Diamondbacks also interviewed J.J. Piccolo, Kim Ng, Peter Woodfork, Mike Bell and Bryan Minniti for the position, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The next step for Arizona is hiring a manager, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo appears to be a prime candidate to follow Hazen out west.