NL West Round-Up: Diamondbacks, Rockies Continue To Make Moves
As the year comes to a close, the National League West continues to prepare for the 2014 season and try and dethrone the 2013 champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here’s are the moves and rumors around the division this past week:
The Diamondbacks were busy again this week, making a few moves to improve their runner-up status from last season. After completing a deal with the White Sox earlier this winter, the two teams made a deal. Relief pitcher Addison Reed was acquired in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. The trade gives the Diamondbacks one of the top closers from the past two seasons, but sees them part ways with one of their top prospects.
They also came to terms with a couple of players that spent last season in Arizona. They re-signed third baseman Eric Chavez to a one-year deal after he hit .281 in 80 games for the team last season, starting 46 games at third base. He’s coming back to fill the same role he had last season.
The Diamondbacks also agreed to an extension with right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler on a two-year, $10.5 million contract. Ziegler has been effective for the Diamondbacks the past few seasons and was rewarded for his work. He had some closing duties last season, but will likely fill a setup role next season with the acquisition of Reed.
The Rockies continued their overhaul with a few moves this week. They acquired a 29-year-outfielder from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for left-hander Josh Outman. The Rockies received Drew Stubbs, an outfielder that’s started for the Indians and Cincinatti Reds the past four seasons. He’ll likely platoon with newcomer Brandon Barnes and join an outfield filled with All-Stars Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.
The team acquired a pair of arms for one of their shortstops that filled in for Troy Tulowitzki last season. They traded Jonathan Herrera to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Franklin Morales and right-hander Chris Martin. Morales spent parts of four seasons with the Rockies from 2007-2010.
After being reported last week, the Rockies officially signed left-hander Boone Logan to a three-year deal worth $16.5 million. Logan spent last season with the New York Yankees and joins the Rockies as their left-hander out of the bullpen.
San Diego Padres
The Padres made a deal with the Houston Astros this week, acquiring third baseman Ryan Jackson in exchange for first baseman Jesus Guzman. Jackson spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals the past two seasons before being selected off waivers by the Astros. Guzman hit nine home runs for the Padres last season.
The team also agreed to a deal with right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit to potentially close for the team. Padres management will have to decide if they plan to keep closer Huston Street or give the duties to Benoit and use Street as trade bait. Benoit had his first experience as a closer last season with the Detroit Tigers and has plenty of work as a setup man.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants had a rather quiet week with no significant moves. They officially signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one-year deal. Morse was signed to be the team’s primary left-fielder after spending last season with the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles. He’s two seasons removed from a 31-home run year with the Washington Nationals.
They also designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment. He appeared in one game for the Giants in 2013, giving up seven runs in 2.2 innings of work. The Giants are also ready to sell first baseman Brett Pill to the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. Pill hit .224 in 48 games for the Giants last season.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and J.P. Howell agreed to a two-year deal earlier this week