Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:40:40 -0800
The biggest position player battle for the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring will be at shortstop, where SS Didi Gregorius, SS Chris Owings and SS Cliff Pennington are battling for playing time. General manager Kevin Towers believes the incumbent is the favorite heading into camp. "To me, the favorite has to be Didi," Towers said. "He was our shortstop last year. For a rookie, I thought he played very, very well. Great defender. He got off to a real hot start. The league probably caught up with him a little bit at the end. He probably got a little bit tired."
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:13:21 -0800
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington and 3B Matt Davidson are expected to remain as bench players next season. The Snakes would like to re-sign 3B Eric Chavez and have SSs Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings battle for playing time at shortstop.
Thu, 30 May 2013 15:54:42 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez (oblique) will undergo an MRI exam after leaving the game early Thursday, May 30. The team may activate SS Willie Bloomquist (oblique) from the disabled list if Chavez has to land on the DL. Bloomquist has been rehabbing with Triple-A Reno.
Fantasy Tip: Bloomquist's return would create more excess in the middle infield with Cliff Pennington and Didi Gregorius. It's unclear how the Snakes would let playing time shake out in that scenario, and there's a possibility that they send Gregorius back to the minors. Gregorius and Pennington are deep mixed infield depth until that situation presents itself.
Thu, 30 May 2013 13:18:06 -0700
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez (oblique) left the game with a strained right oblique Thursday, May 30.
Fantasy Tip: This will likely put Chavez on the DL. Didi Gregorius will gain more value in deep mixed leagues since he should be playing every day now at either shortstop or second base. Cliff Pennington should be a lineup mainstay as a result, too, at least until Aaron Hill (hand) returns.
Fri, 10 May 2013 10:04:47 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) was told to leave his soft cast on for another week after he had some pain when he attempted to pick up a bat. He will visit with a doctor Sunday, May 12, and undergo a CT scan Monday, May 13.
Fantasy Tip: This is a minor setback for Hill, depending what the doctor and CT scan find this weekend. The team was hoping he could return late this month, but that may have to be pushed back to early June. The D-backs will continue to mix and match in the infield with Martin Prado, Cliff Pennington and Didi Gregorius in the meantime. When Hill returns, Gregorius could be sent back to the minors if the Snakes feel he needs more minor league seasoning.
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:16:09 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington was given the day off Sunday, April 21, against the Colorado Rockies. It was his first day off of the season.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:30:31 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado is expected to play mostly second base with 2B Aaron Hill (hand) out, but SS Cliff Pennington is also an option at second base, and manager Kirk Gibson said he won't play 3B Eric Chavez at third base more than two days in a row. SS Didi Gregorius will be used primarily at shortstop for the time being. However, general manager Kevin Towers said the team will be conservative with Gregorius' playing time, suggesting he won't play every day.
Fantasy Tip: The D-backs' infield alignment, minus first base, will be very fluid for the next few weeks with Hill on the disabled list. The only one that will be playing consistently is Prado. Temper your expectations for Gregorius, especially since it sounds like he won't be playing every day. He's strictly NL-only material for now.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:16:30 -0800
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington will receive a $1 million signing bonus for his two-year, $5 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. Pennington will make $1.25 million this year and $2.75 million in 2014.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:28:00 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks and SS Cliff Pennington agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to a baseball source. Pennington was asking for $2.8 million in the arbitration process, while the team countered with $1.8 million.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:54:29 -0800
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington filed at $2.8 million for salary arbitration, and the D-backs countered at $1.8 million.