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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-10-31


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-10-31
--3B Mark Reynolds is enthusiastic about a possible 2009 transfer to second base with the impending departure of 2B Orlando Hudson via free agency. "I love second base," said Reynolds, a third baseman his first two seasons in the majors. "I'm definitely open to it. I've been a middle infielder my whole life. It's more comfortable for me." Reynolds had a major league-high 34 errors in 2008, 33 at third base. Reynolds played shortstop at the University of Virginia and started there in the D-Backs' minor league system after being a 16th-round draft choice in 2004.

--RHP Max Scherzer finished with 24 strikeouts in his 24 innings in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League before being shut down after reaching 133 innings for the year. Scherzer, who gave up three hits and one run in seven innings in his final appearance Oct. 23, had 56 innings at Class AAA Tucson, 53 with the D-backs and 24 in the AFL. He was a composite 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 169 strikeouts, averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Cubs RHP Rich Harden led the major leagues with 11.01 strikeouts per nine innings among pitchers with at least 100 innings.

--C Miguel Montero was off to a rough start with Margarita of the Venezuelan winter league, getting one hit in his first 16 at-bats with eight strikeouts. Montero suffered a broken right index finger a month into the Venezuelan season last winter when he was struck by a foul tip, causing him to miss the first three weeks of the 2008 regular season.

--RHP Juan Cruz and 2B/SS David Eckstein filed for free agent on Oct. 30, the first day free agents could file. The filing period runs through Nov. 13. 1B Tony Clark, 1B/OF Adam Dunn, 2B Orlando Hudson, LHP Randy Johnson, RHP Brandon Lyon are the D-backs' other potential free agents.

--RHP Brandon Lyon and LHP Randy Johnson are the D-backs' free agents who are most likely to return in 2009, although serious talks had not begun as the team's negotiating window began the day after the conclusion of the World Series. "I have had no substantive talks with anyone about my free agents," said agent Barry Meister, who represents both Lyon and Johnson.

--C Robby Hammock is eligible for salary arbitration this winter after reaching the threshold of the three years of major league service time. He has spent parts of five seasons in the majors with the D-backs.

BY THE NUMBERS: 11.4 -- RHP Max Scherzer's strikeouts per nine innings in 2008, during stops at Class AAA Tucson, the parent Diamondbacks and the Arizona Fall League.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "These were valuable innings to help condition him for next year." -- General manager Josh Byrnes, on RHP Max Scherzer's participation in the Arizona Fall League.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 31, 2008

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