Hampton done, Blanco not

The D-backs have agreed to terms with left-hander Mike Hampton on a one-year contract and are expected to announce it later today.

It is a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.

In other news, the D-backs have strong interest in veteran backup catcher Henry Blanco, but a baseball source said a deal at the moment was “not close.”

Hampton was signed by the D-backs last August and in 10 games down the stretch for them, Hampton did not allow a run in 4 1/3 innings.

D-backs GM Kevin Towers told reporters Tuesday that he expected to hear back from Hampton on the team’s offer to him Wednesday.

Towers has remade the bullpen in recent weeks, but the one thing he was still looking to add was a left-hander.


Mr. Towers,
If you are looking for a quality lefty, then you should go after Pedro Feliciano. He is a proven winner & recently, rejected arbitration w/the Mets. I would love for the Mets to keep him, but if not, I think he’d be a proven winner & strong veteran presence in the bullpen. Please just think about it. Thank you for the great job you are doing w/the D-backs.

I must say that Mr Towers is doing a fine job in my estimation. It isn’t easy to judge talent nor is it easy to judge how much any player will produce in the future.
On the subject of pitchers, the Yankees are considering giving Cliff Lee a 7-year contract. That’s insane! Many years ago, under George Steinbrenner, the Yankees gave a “long term” contract to Don Gullett in November of 1976. He pitched the Yanks to two World Championships (’77 & ’78) but suffered rotator cuff problems that ended his career. The Diamondbacks signed Russ Ortiz to a long-term contract and did not produce as he did in the past for the Giants and Braves. In my humble opinion, due to the arm stress that pitchers suffer, it’s not a good idea to extend more than a 3-year contract to any pitcher even if he produced extraordinary results in the past. That is, unless you are the New York Yankees who have money to burn. Recently, I had suggested that if the D-Backs were to consider Brandon Webb, they should let him test the market and if they still want him, offer a minor-league contract, to see if he can make the team.
It’s good to preserve a team’s investment on the pitchers you have, you can NEVER have enough pitching. But every organization would help itself if it prepares its pitchers fundamentally, through proper pitching mechanics, most especially at the entry level. Just my humble opinion.

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