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Important December dates for D-backs

With the Winter Meetings coming up next week (Dec. 6-9) in Indianapolis (just curious did MLB run out of warm weather cities to host it in?) I thought it would be a good time to look at some other important dates in the month of December.

Deadline to offer free agents arbitration: Tuesday night is the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents. If a player is not offered arbitration by 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) than the team does not get any compensation should he sign elsewhere.

The only player the D-backs have a decision to make about is left-hander Doug Davis. They almost certainly will not offer him arbitration because of the fear that he could accept it. The D-backs have not shown any interest in retaining Davis since they approached him in July about the possibility of a one-year extension.

If the D-backs are extremely confident that Davis would not accept arbitration, they could offer it and as a Type-B free agent, the D-backs would get a compensatory draft pick after the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Deadline for players to accept arbitration: Should the D-backs for some reason offer Davis arbitration, he would have until 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Dec. 7 to accept it.

Deadline to tender contracts: Teams must offer contracts to its unsigned players by 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Dec. 12 otherwise those players become free agents.

Typically, the players that are “non-tendered” are those players who are eligible for salary arbitration. In the D-backs case they have seven players eligible for arbitration: RHP Blaine Boyer, SS Stephen Drew, LF Conor Jackson, C Miguel Montero, INF Augie Ojeda, RHP Chad Qualls and RHP Aaron Heilman.

At one time it looked like a possibility the team would non-tender Jackson, but after his time in Instructional League and his impressive campaign in the Dominican Winter League they certainly will tender him.

It’s likely the team will also try to reach an agreement with Ojeda on a deal before this date rather than get locked in to what he might make via arbitration.

Davis wants 3-year deal

It appears Doug Davis will remain an Arizona Diamondback for the rest of the season.

Whether he will be after that remains to be seen.

Davis was placed on waivers a couple of days ago according to SI.com and claimed by the Brewers. Foxsports.com reported that the waivers period ended Friday at 10 a.m. MT. A player cannot be placed on waivers again for another 30 days so that means Davis is staying put.

If it were up to the left-hander, he would be around longer than that.

“I’m still looking for the three-year deal I was looking for two months ago,” Davis said. “If I can’t come to terms on that then I’ll test the free agent market.”

Davis said he presented the three-year concept to the D-backs, who seemed more inclined to do a one-year deal with an option for 2011.

Neither side seems inclined to bend at this point and you can understand that from both perspectives.

The D-backs are figuring that the free agent market this year will be similar to last year’s so if they can’t get Davis signed for one-year at a price they think is reasonable then they will wait and see what the free agent options will be.

It’s similar to what they did last year when they set a price they felt was reasonable for a starting pitcher and made offers to Randy Wolf and Jon Garland and eventually Garland decided to accept their offer.

From Davis’ perspective, he’s thinking the free agent market is going to be better this offseason so he stands a chance at getting a multi-year deal. If he doesn’t and has to take a one-year offer somewhere he’s probably thinking that it will be for at least what the D-backs are offering right now.

As for why a deal to the Brewers did not work out, the D-backs were not simply going to give Davis away. Sure they would have saved close to $3 million, but they didn’t need to move the money. In addition, they feel like if the market does improve in the offseason they can simply offer Davis salary arbitration and as a likely Type B free agent they would be entitled to a compensatory Draft pick should he sign elsewhere.

In other words, unless they got back a player they deemed of equal value to a comp pick they were going to hang onto him.

D-backs quiet at deadline

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Friday with the D-backs, as expected, remaining on the sidelines.

“It didn’t entirely surprise me,” GM Josh Byrnes said. “There are other times to make a trade and more things could happen for us in August for us and other teams. There just was nothing really in the last several days that were appealing to us so we got to the deadline and it was pretty quiet.”

Names like Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Chad Qualls got bandied about quite a bit, but it doesn’t sound like any of the three was close to getting dealt.

From what I’ve heard there was not a lot of interest in Davis and Garland. Qualls drew a lot of inquiries, but the D-backs did not want to part with him because he they will have him next year at a very reasonable salary.

And just because the non-waiver deadline has passed it does not mean there is not the possibility of a deal being made in August. Players must be placed on waivers and could be claimed by teams wanting to block a trade, but then those teams run the risk of being stuck with a contract they don’t really want, or can’t really afford.

“I think pretty active,” Byrnes said when asked what August would be like. “Again, I think there are a few issues. Teams will be more motivated to complete their roster because they are still in the race and other teams might fall out of it a little bit. And with the economy I don’t think there will be a lot of claiming going on. I think it probably sets up to have a few trades around baseball happen in August.”

D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was happy the deadline had come and gone without a deal.

“I’m glad it’s over for the sense that so much was talked about with Qualls, Garland and Davis and what we were going to do,” Hinch said. “Now we can move forward knowing in the back of our minds that deals can be made until the end of August as well.”

Trade questions and answers

With Friday’s trade deadline approaching I thought this would be a good time to answer some of the more frequent questions that have been showing up in my inbox.

Will the D-backs get a deal done before the deadline?

The situation can always change, but as of right now it does not look like the D-backs will make a deal before the deadline. Keep in mind, the club has already made two deals over the past couple of weeks sending Tony Pena to the White Sox and Felipe Lopez to the Brewers in exchange for three prospects that they feel good about.

The D-backs have received inquiries about pitchers Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Chad Qualls and they’ve let teams know what they would expect in return. As of yet, no team has met that asking price.

Don’t they have to deal Davis and Garland since they are out of the race?

The D-backs are not in a fire sale mode. They do not need to move salary and they don’t feel they are entering into a massive rebuilding period. They feel they can retool this offseason enough to where they can compete for a playoff spot next year, so they are not just going to dump Davis and Garland. If both finish the season with the team they will need to decide whether to exercise the option on Garland’s contract or give him a buyout. Garland also holds an option and should he choose to exercise and the team decline theirs they would owe him a bigger buyout. It’s possible they could offer Davis salary arbitration this winter and if he declines it they could receive draft compensation, assuming he is a Type B free agent.

What about Qualls?

There has been plenty of interest from other teams with regards to Qualls, but the D-backs are not inclined to move him for several reasons. They control his rights next year and even though he is eligible for salary arbitration he would likely only command a salary of $4 million or so, which is not that expensive for a closer.

Should Qualls continue to pitch well next year he could wind up being a Type A free agent following the 2010 season, which means the D-backs would get a pair of high draft picks for him should he leave via free agency.

And again, the D-backs feel they can be competitive next year and finding a closer to take the place of Qualls would be a real challenge.

So while it’s not out of the question that they could deal him, it’s not likely and they would insist on a large return.

If these three are still with the D-backs after the deadline passes, then they can’t be traded?

No. They can still be traded. The only catch is they would need to clear waivers. The D-backs have done their share of post-deadline deals in the past and it’s possible that Davis or Garland might be able to get through waivers and be dealt in August should a contender decide they need one of the two.

What about a contract extension for Davis, and what are the chances they pick up Garland’s option for next year?

The D-backs do have some interest in giving Davis an extension and Davis does want to stay in Arizona. The question is whether  the two sides can agree on the financial aspect of the deal. So far I don’t know that things have progressed much on that front.

Garland’s $10 million option might be pricey given the way the market played out last offseason and the D-backs may be content to let things play out this offseason and see which pitcher falls to them much like they did last year when they signed Garland. Ironically, some of the same pitchers that were on the market last year, like Randy Wolf, will be out there again this year because they only signed one-year deals.

So, to answer the question, they are interested in signing Davis, but only for a price they think is fair, and they will wait to see on the option for Garland.

Davis “of interest” to D-backs

Though his name has been bandied about in trade discussions, D-backs left-hander Doug Davis has made no secret of his desire to stay in Arizona.

Davis’ agent Steve Canter declined to say whether he has had any specific discussions about a contract with the D-backs saying only that he and Arizona GM have a very good relationship and do talk.

“Doug is a player of interest to the organization,” Canter said of the D-backs. “How things play out with respect to the future remains to be seen.”

Davis is in the final year of a three-year $22 million extension he signed after being traded from Milwaukee to Arizona prior to the 2007 season.

Last month, Davis said he would consider returning to Arizona next season if he were to be dealt.

A couple of weeks ago, KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix reported that the D-backs wanted to re-sign Davis rather than trade him and The Arizona Republic reported Saturday that Davis was drawing little interest in the trade market.

D-backs and Brewers talk

The D-backs and Brewers have had some trade discussions recently according to Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash.

Without naming particular players, Brewers assistant Ash told Milwaukee reporters there had been  “conversations” between the Brewers and D-backs about potential matches.

“I think it speaks to what I talked about earlier, that because they are one of the few clubs that have available pieces, the asking price is way too high,” Ash said. “So they don’t have to make a deal yet.”

The Brewers are thought to be in the market for both starting pitching depth as well as a second baseman. Whether that means Milwaukee could be interested in Felipe Lopez or lefty Doug Davis is unknown.

Hinch and Davis clear the air

A.J. Hinch and Doug Davis didn’t exactly join hands and sing Kumbaya on Saturday, but the D-backs manager and pitcher appeared to be back on the same page one day after exchanging what appeared to be heated words in the dugout.

Television cameras showed Davis confronting Hinch when the manager motioned for him to come back off the on-deck circle for pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts. The two then went up into the tunnel behind the dugout for a further discussion out of sight of the cameras.

“That whole thing was pretty much a miscommunication,” said Davis, who bolted from the clubhouse without talking to the media following the game. “That’s all it was.”

At issue was the meaning of the phrase “you’re up there no matter what.”

What Hinch meant by the statement was that Davis would be up on the on-deck circle regardless of what was going to happen.

Davis, on the other hand, took that to mean that he was going to hit and continue pitching.

“He had told me that I was going to be up there no matter what,” Davis said. “He meant up on deck. I thought he meant at bat. That was it. That was the whole discussion. It’s buried and done with.”

Hinch met with Davis prior to batting practice Saturday apparently to clear the air.

“I spoke to Doug as well,” Hinch said. “I think in the heat of competing when teams are struggling the way we’ve struggled, have gone through the changes that we’ve gone through, emotions run high. And guys want to compete, guys want to win. It’s done with as far as I’m concerned. I’m looking forward to his next start.”

While he may have been confused by the phrase that was used, it was also clear that Davis was not pleased about coming out of a game in which he was trailing 3-2 and had thrown just 80 pitches. He said after throwing 86 pitches in his prior start to go too many starts without getting close to 100.

“Yeah, of course I had the passion to go out there for another inning,” Davis said. “At first he said we’re going to hit for you. I said OK. Then they said you’re going to get up there no matter what. So then I think I’m hitting. Like I said, it was a miscommunication. That’s all it was. We talked about it down there in the hallway and got it over with. It’s buried and done with.”

If everything has been cleared up between Hinch and Davis, all may not be well at the moment between Davis and D-backs broadcaster Matt Williams.

The former All-Star chastised Davis for his behavior during the team’s television broadcast Friday and said that Davis had only himself to blame for his predicament because his throwing error led to a run in the second inning.

“Matt Williams was not down there at the time of the incident,” Davis said. “He didn’t know that he said to that to me. He thinks I showed up the manager but that’s not what happened. I wasn’t trying to show him up. It was just a miscommunication. He brought up my error in the second inning. Said if I didn’t make the error in the second inning we’d be right in the game. Would he be saying that if I were a second baseman, third baseman or a shortstop? Maybe, maybe not. I doubt it.”

When asked if he planned to talk with Williams about it, Davis said, “No, I don’t need to talk to him about it. Just another front office executive decision.”

Williams declined comment.

Scherzer and Davis pitched today

While the D-backs took on the White Sox at Chase Field on Friday night, pitchers Doug Davis and Max Scherzer threw in a Minor League game back in Tucson.

Davis went six innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits while walking one and fanning seven. The left-hander threw 95 pitches. Davis will start the third game of the season against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Scherzer, who will start the year on the disabled list until his start rolls around on April 14, threw five innings and allowed two runs on four hits while walking three and fanning seven. Scherzer threw 80 pitches.

D-backs vs. Giants rotations

Got an email this morning asking me which team had a better starting rotation, the D-backs or Giants?

Tough to beat a one-two punch of Brandon Webb and Dan Haren and Max Scherzer in the fifth spot has a chance to really be good, though, he still has to show it for a full season.

Let’s take it on a spot-by-spot look:

Webb vs. Tim Lincecum: Pretty even match here, though if you want to give a slight edge to Lincecum I can understand.

Haren vs. Matt Cain: Cain’s got a load of talent, but I think if you have to choose between the two for this year, Haren’s got to be the guy.

Doug Davis vs. Randy Johnson: If RJ is healthy he would have to get the edge in this spot, but health is an issue.

Jon Garland vs. Barry Zito: I think Garland’s consistency wins out among these two.

Scherzer vs. Jonathan Sanchez: Maybe you look at this as a wash right now, but given Scherzer’s potential, I would take him.

It’s an interesting question and I am curious to see what you guys think.

Update: I neglected to mention that my pick would be the D-backs, but not by a lot. San Francisco’s rotation will certainly be a big positive  this year. However, that offense…well, we’ll see.

Tuesday news and notes

– Max Scherzer was scheduled to face hitters over at the team’s Minor League complex today. Originally the team had him set to throw one more bullpen session, but instead felt good enough to face hitters.

Probably one more session against hitters for Scherzer before he gets into a Cactus League game.

– Doug Davis played catch again on Tuesday and threw from a little longer distance than he did on Monday without any problems.

It looks like Davis will throw a couple of bullpens before making his next start on March 18 and D-backs manager Bob Melvin said that he’s “more optimistic each day” that Davis will be ready to go on Opening Day.

– Wrote about Chad Tracy today and how much better his knee is feeling this year. Something he said that was interesting was that being right-handed, playing third base actually feels more natural than first.

“It feels smoother,” he said. “It flows better for me on that side of the field.”

That does not mean that he feels more comfortable at third or wants to play it on an everyday basis, just that for right-handers it is more natural to be on that side of the diamond.

– Davis received a Courage Award in a ceremony on Monday night. The award, which is presented by the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation, honors “outstanding men and women in sports who have overcome physical challenges and hardship.”

Paralympic gold medal-winners Jeff Skiba and Jessica Long were also honored.

– They are dedicating Eric Byrnes Field on Wednesday at Telephone Pioneers of America Park (19th Ave. between Bell and Union) as part of the organization’s ‘Diamonds Back’ Field Building Program.

No word as to whether the bases are angled at less than 90 degrees so Byrnes would be able to run them.

– Another article on D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall that is worth a read.

– Bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock is a devoted reader of the blog. In fact, if I don’t update it daily I’ll hear about it from Sherls.

Anyway Sherls added some fuel to the D-backs-Dodgers rivalry when he parked in Los Angeles GM Ned Colleti’s parking spot. Luckily he was able to get his truck moved before it was towed.

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