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David Hernandez on trade to D-backs

My colleague Brittany Ghiroli got a hold of David Hernandez for his reaction to the deal to the D-backs. Here’s what he had to say.

“It’s bittersweet,” Hernandez said. “I have a weird feeling,  I don’t know what to expect. But at the same time its exciting I’ll be close to home [California] all my family will be able to come out. The only bad thing is all the relationships and friendships I’ve made since 2005. I’ve made a lot of friends through the years.”

“I thought I was going to be there to see them turn it around in the next three or four years,” Hernandez said of the Orioles. “It’s something I wanted to do. But it just didn’t work out.”
“It’s always good when other teams value you, it makes you feel like you are definitely needed and wanted. I look at it as a fresh start.”

Who’s on third?

Assuming the medicals are approved and Mark Reynolds gets dealt to the Orioles right-handers David Hernandez and Kameron Mickolio, the most pressing question is: Who plays third for the D-backs.

Look for them to make a big push to sign Melvin Mora, maybe swing a deal for Kevin Kouzmanoff and they also will use veteran Geoff Blum over there as well.
 

MacPhail on Reynolds

Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said the two teams are “making progress” towards a Reynolds deal.

“We have a few things going and you never really know when you are going
to be able to reach across and do something,” MacPhail said. “We have a
variety of things and what comes to fruition and when you just don’t
know.”

David Hernandez is the player the D-backs are looking at as the centerpiece of the deal.

When Josh Byrnes was GM in Arizona he tried to acquire Hernandez and
interim-GM Jerry Dipoto also tried prior to last season’s trade
deadline.

More on Reynolds

Things are heating up on the Mark Reynolds trade front and it looks like the Orioles and D-backs are really making progress. Look for David Hernandez to be a key part of the deal.

When Josh Byrnes was GM in Arizona he tried to acquire Hernandez and interim-GM Jerry Dipoto also tried prior to last season’s trade deadline.

Strong progress on Reynolds to Orioles

Orioles GM Andy MacPhail says there has been strong progress on talks regarding Mark Reynolds. More to follow.

Meetings have started

Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotel here in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but we’ll see if the D-backs are celebrating when the next few days are over.

I’m hearing that the D-backs are not in on reliever Brian Fuentes, though, they will be looking long and hard for relief pitching this week.

There’s a very strong chance that Reynolds could get dealt with Baltimore right now holding the upper hand in that.

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Opening Day Photos

Took some photos today during batting practice and will try to have more of them on the blog this year…

A.J. Hinch talks with legendary Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman.
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This is Opening Day No. 13 with the D-backs for assistant athletic trainer Dave Edwards, one of the true good guys in the game.
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Here’s something you will not see during regular game action: Mark Reynolds laying down a bunt.
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This is more like it: Reynolds getting ready to swing the bat.
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This is more like it: Reynolds getting ready to swing the bat.
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Mark Grace finishing up an interview with my favorite station: The MLB Network.
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Groundskeeper Grant Trenbeath and his crew spray painted the Opening Day logo on the dirt.
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D-backs daily wrap: March 18

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TODAY’S STORIES

Mark Reynolds signs contract extension
Rodrigo Lopez and Kevin Mulvey make their pitch for jobs Thursday
D-backs fall 7-3 to the A’s at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

GETTING BETTER: Reliever Esmerling Vasquez, who is battling for one of the final two or three spots in the bullpen has pitched better his last couple of times out with his velocity picking up.

“He is pretty dynamic when he’s in the strike zone,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of him. “With a guy who is 92-97 [mph] with his arm angle, he makes it tough on the hitter when he gets strike one. He’s not too far removed from that stretch last season where he was probably our most dominant reliever.”

KEEPING IT CLOSE: It’s been a very good spring for infielder Tony Abreu, but infielder/outfielder Rusty Ryal is keeping things close in the battle for the final bench spot. Even when Ryal has not gotten a hit he has tended to hit the ball hard.

“I’ve said all along, I think Rusty is one of the few guys that we have in camp that can play a bench role and have a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark every time he steps in,” Hinch said. “He’s a strong hitter with a lot of power. Ryal is living up to our belief that every time he gets in the batter’s box you feel like something good is going to happen and he’s going to hit the ball hard. That’s a nice weapon to have.”

Hinch has worked recently to try and simulate the situations guys could find themselves in during the regular season, for instance using Ryal as a pinch-hitter against a left-hander.

COMPETITION? WHAT COMPETITION?: Lopez said he has not paid close attention to what people are saying or writing about his battle to claim a rotation spot.

“I’m satisfied with my job and what I’m doing over there,” he said. “I’m not going to worry about the competition. This is a team and I’ve got to take care of my business first and try to help the team. That’s what I’m here for. I’m not reading much in the paper and don’t watch much on TV. I think if I pitch good and pitch the way I have pitched in my career, I’ll have a spot in the big leagues.”

TAKING A DAY: I will be off tomorrow so no blog or tweets, but I will be back at it again Saturday.

Saturday wrapup

First things first, here are links to a couple of stories from today:

Webb urges patience in judging rehab

Reynolds contract talks continue

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Chris Young put together another good day at the plate Saturday going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs against the Giants. Friday against the Cubs he had a line-drive double to the gap in left.

“It felt good,” Young said. “Scottsdale Stadium always brings a lot of energy. Packed house, lots of D-backs fans out there today.”

Young, who spent the offseason working with a track coach on becoming more explosive, had a bunt single in the first inning. Bunting is something he also worked at during the offseason. With as hard as he hits the ball to the left side, third basemen tend to play him deep, which would seem to give him an opportunity to lay the ball down some.

“I’ve got to use my speed more,” Young said.

In what has to be a good sign for the D-backs even the out Young made — a strikeout in the second inning — he worked the count and battled during the at-bat.

STARTING OPTIONS: Before the game I asked GM Josh Byrnes if Brandon Webb was not ready for the opener would he look to add a starter.

“I think we want to evaluate the guys we have and give them a chance,” Byrnes replied. “Like any spring, we have a good idea of players that could be available for a variety of reasons and we’ve got to scout them and decide whether we believe they would be upgrades, particularly if there’s an absence. Generally that activity happens at the end of the month, if there is anything like that. We’re in communication with our scouts so they’re aware of a hit list.”

NICE DEBUT: Edwin Jackson worked two scoreless innings in his first appearance in an Arizona uniform. The right-hander allowed a pair of hits and fanned one.

“I felt pretty good for the first day,” Jackson said. “Stayed around the plate for the most part, commanded the pitches, not a bad first outing.”

Jackson said he threw all his pitches — curve, slider, change.

“Pretty much came with the full arsenal today just to see how it is,” he said.

When asked if he was working on anything he said, “Stay around the strike zone, make them put the ball in play. Get used to pitching to contact and let the defense work behind me.”

Jackson did do one thing that gave Hinch pause. In the second he laid down a sacrifice bunt and stretched for the base at first nearly colliding with Aubrey Huff.

“I could have done without that lunge at first base,” Hinch said with a smile.

EVEN DOZEN: Arizona manager A.J. Hinch has hedged as to how many pitchers the team will carry to start the year, but Byrnes said Saturday he would prefer they keep 12 with 13 position players.

LOOKING GOOD: Tony Abreu drew praise from Hinch for the second straight day for his play at shortstop this spring.

“I’m impressed,” Hinch said. “I think he plays with great energy and has a knack for finding the ball.”

Abreu has made several nice defensive plays this spring and is Hinch said “right in the thick of it” for the final spot on the bench.

Hinch added that the club could carry both Augie Ojeda and Abreu.

STOP!: The big inning has been a problem for the D-backs in their first three games.

The Rockies had rallies of three and four runs in the opener, the Cubs put up a four-spot Friday and the Giants scored nine runs in the fifth Saturday.

“Those big innings are not what we want to see,” Hinch said. “That’s a point that we’ll recognize. Control the inning. Being able to stop the bleeding when you have the opportunity to.”

Notes from Friday’s game

Hard to know what was the bigger news today. On the one hand you had D-backs GM Josh Byrnes saying that it was possible Brandon Webb would start the year on the DL and then there was Mark Reynolds saying that talks on a possible contract extension were a distraction.

Here are a look at a few other notes from the day:

NICE START: Dan Haren tossed a pair of hitless innings against the Cubs, allowing just one walk while throwing 20 pitches.

A 1-2-3 quick first inning raised some concerns in the Arizona dugout that he might not get up to his pitch count in his two scheduled innings.

A walk to begin the second, though, allowed him to throw some extra pitches.

“It feels weird, it’s been a long time,” Haren said of getting back out on the mound. “To go out there and compete again is nice. I’ve got a long ways to go, but I’m happy with the way it started. I don’t necessarily put in 100 percent effort, I’m working more mechanics and you know getting a feel for all my pitches. I’m definitely where I want to be, but that being said I still have a long way to go.”

Haren threw some fastballs, cutters and curves, but did not throw his split.

“I’ll definitely throw a few next time and keep working on it on the side,” Haren said. “The goal is by the time April rolls around to have all my pitches feel crisp and ready.”

KEEP AN EYE ON HIM: I still think Rusty Ryal has a real good shot of winning that final spot on the bench. Hinch plans on playing him at second and third and he showed during a stint in the Dominican Republic during the winter that he could play left field.

Ryal’s versatility plus the pop he has in his bat should play in his favor.

“I don’t know if anybody outworks him,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s just continued to get better and improve himself at the plate. His strike zone discipline has gradually gotten better, the authority with which he swings the bat has gotten better. He’s forced himself onto the map as far as being an offensive threat at the Major League level. For him now exposing him at different defensive spots is going to be important to have him make the team and if continues to advance offensively you’ve got a nice player on your hands.”

NOW PLAYING SHORTSTOP: When he was acquired last year, Tony Abreu was expected to be the team’s starting second baseman in 2010. Then Kelly Johnson was non-tendered by the Braves and those plans changed.

Now Abreu finds himself competing for the final spot on the bench as a utility infielder. With that in mind, look for him to see some time at short and third as well as second this spring. He started at shortstop Friday against the Cubs and also played there in relief of Stephen Drew on Thursday.

“I’m interested to see how he looks at shortstop,” Hinch said. “He hasn’t played a ton of shortstop. It’s what he’s played the least. Part of the early part of spring is exposing to these guys to maybe a little bit of outside their comfort zone and see how they respond.”

THAT’S MORE LIKE IT: The D-backs played a much crisper game defensively against the Cubs after a sloppy 11-1 loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

“I think yesterday’s game was a little disappointing for everyone to be honest with you,” Haren said. “Not that we’re necessarily trying to win or lose, but we’re not trying to lose that’s for sure. Last spring we didn’t really play that well and I think it kind of trickled into the season. [Today] has been a pretty clean game and that’s more of the game we’re trying to play.”

BACK IN ACTION: Catcher Chris Snyder saw his first action since having surgery on his back last September. Snyder caught four innings.

“He came out of hit fine and he’ll catch again Sunday,” Hinch said.

GAME NOTES: Center fielder Gerardo Parra made a nice throw in the bottom of the fifth to nail a runner trying to tag up from third in the bottom of the fifth.

Justin Upton blasted a grand slam off the scoreboard in the fifth.

“I thought that was going over the scoreboard,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Upton’s homer. “That’s a long wallop. Upton is going to hit a home run off anybody.”

Ryan Roberts and Cole Gillespie also homered for the D-backs.

It was a rough day for Aaron Heilman, who allowed four runs on five hits in one inning of work.

By contrast young hurlers Wes Roemer, Jordan Norberto and Bryan Shawn all pitched well.

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