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in Allgemeines 17.07.2019 03:05
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rt"Old FriendsThere are no former Red Sox players on the Diamondbacks roster http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , but there is certainly a Red Sox feel in the desert. That’s because their manager, Torey Lovullo, is a former Boston bench coach (and interim manager) and their general manager, Mike Hazen, is a former front office member with the Red Sox.Notable Position PlayersDavid Peralta has been an underrated player in his career, lacking the true upside of superstardom but putting together two All-Star-caliber seasons in four years. The outfielder has just average plate discipline, but he makes consistently good contact that helped him get to 30 homers last year and even if he’s not putting the ball over the fence he can get plenty of extra-base hits.Adam Jones is playing out of Baltimore for the first time since 2007 and he’s off to a scorching start with his new team. The veteran already has three home runs to his name and perhaps he’s feeling a bit motivated after his long stay in free agency.Eduardo Escobar came over from the Twins in a midseason trade last year and remains in Arizona as their everyday third baseman. He had a breakout last year with more power than he’d ever shown previously in his career, but he’s off to a rough start in 2018.Ketel Marte is a fun player who gets on base Nellie Fox Jersey , puts the ball in play and has more pop than you’d expect just by looking at him.Nick Ahmed isn’t going to hit much, but be prepared for frustration on at least a couple of balls hit toward the shortstop this weekend.Wilmer Flores doesn’t get on base all that often, but he rarely strikes out and has some solid pop in the middle of the lineup.Wilmer FloresPhoto by Yong Teck Lim/Getty ImagesCarson Kelly has spent most of his career to this point behind Yadier Molina but is now getting the chance to play regularly after being part of the Goldschmidt deal. Bullpen SnapshotGreg Holland is opening the year as Arizona’s closer and has had two clean outings to start his season. There’s a lot of risk here, though, as the former Royals star struggled mightily to start last season before recovering in the second half.Archie Bradley is the most talented arm in the Diamondbacks bullpen, but Lovullo wanted him in a more flexible role. The righty broke out in a big way two years ago but got into some trouble with home runs in 2018.Yoshihisa Hirano was signed out of the NPB prior to last season and while he’s not overpowering he induces some weak contact and provides a bit of stability in the later innings.Andrew Chafin is the only lefty in the Diamondbacks bullpen and will see some late-game matchups with guys like Andrew Benintend, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr.InjuriesJake Lamb isn’t officially on the IL as of this writing, but the lefty suffered a quad strain on Wednesday and is expected to miss some time because of it. The exact timetable is unclear.Taijuan Walker underwent Tommy John surgery early last year and is expected to return sometime around midseason.Steven Souza Jr. has had brutal injury luck over the last few years and most recently he tore three ligaments in his knee. That will Harold Baines Jersey , of course, keep him out for the year.Silvino Bracho underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for all of 2019.T.J. McFarland suffered a shoulder issue in camp and is still working his way back. He should be back soon, though likely not for this series.Weather ForecastThis series is in Phoenix, which means it’s going to be warm and sunny every day. After turning down a qualifying offer that would’ve brought him back to the Dodgers for $17.9 million, Yasmani Grandal has decided to sign a similar one-year pact with the Brewers."Two months after turning down a qualifying offer that would’ve brought him back to the Dodgers for $17.9 million, Yasmani Grandal has decided to sign a similar one-year pact with the Brewers, this according to multiple reports.According to Tim Brown of Yahoo, the agreement is worth $18.25 million. The signing is big news for the Brewers who will get a premium hitter behind the plate for an already good lineup.The Dodgers will get a compensatory draft pick after Competitive Balance Round B. That pick probably ends up around 80-82 depending on what happens with the rest of the free agent signings. Currently Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , that pick would be 78th overall just before the third round in June.Milwaukee will lose its third-best selection in this year’s draft.Grandal has been one of the premier backstops in the league over the last three seasons, ranking near the top of several offensive categories. Not to mention being one of the best in the league at framing. Although, Milwaukee got a first-hand look at the problems Grandal can have with his glove at some points when he made a number of errors in the NLCS.The fact that the Dodgers didn’t choose to bring the switch-hitting Grandal back — assuming he gave them the chance at some point — is interesting to say the least. Their catching situation takes a lot of faith to believe in at the moment. The chances they trade for J.T. Realmuto aren’t that promising at the moment and they have Rocky Gale and a mix of guys they don’t believe are ready for the big leagues behind Austin Barnes.That catching plan has about five weeks to come together, when catchers and pitchers make their way to Arizona for spring training.

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