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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-12-21

Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-12-21
--LHP Travis Blackley agreed to a one-year split contract with the Diamondbacks. He'd make $105,000 if he's in the minors, $405,000 if he's in the big leagues. Blackley, 26, has appeared briefly in the majors for Seattle (2004) and San Francisco (2007). He spent the 2008 season with the Phillies Class AAA Lehigh Valley affiliate, going 5-10 with a 5.41 ERA in 28 games (21 starts).

--RHP Brandon Webb, who tied for the major league lead with 22 victories in 2008, has decided to bypass the 2009 World Baseball Classic. "While I am excited for Team USA and the World Baseball Classic, I am not going to participate in 2009 as I want to fully prepare for the 2009 major league season and hopefully bring the playoffs back to Arizona," Webb said through agent Jonathan Maurer. Webb has finished first, second and second in the last three NL Cy Young Award ballots and would have been a strong candidate for Team USA.

--LHP Scott Schoeneweis was obtained in a trade with the New York Mets for RHP Connor Robertson on Dec. 12. Schoeneweis is due $3.6 million in 2009, but the Mets are picking up $1.6 million of that. He is expected to fill the role of left-handed specialist that formerly fell to LHP Doug Slaten. Schoeneweis held left-handed hitters to a .178 batting average in 2008, the second-lowest by a lefty who faced at least 100 at-bats.

--2B Felipe Lopez, who will take over for Orlando Hudson, spoke to Hudson about the D-backs' atmosphere before agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. The two were teammates in Toronto in 2001-02, Lopez's first two seasons in the majors. "He is a good friend of mine, and he spoke highly of the Diamondbacks and everybody there," Lopez said. "I know my role. I know what I have to do at the plate. I just want to win."

--1B Tony Clark's camp continues to have discussions with the D-backs about returning, and it seems likely he will be back to reprise his role as a pinch hitter, platoon first baseman and clubhouse leader. Clark hit .249 with 17 home runs in 211 at-bats with the D-backs in 2007 but signed with San Diego last winter when the D-backs did not offer a contract. He returned to Arizona at the 2008 All-Star break.

--Lorenzo Bundy returned to the organization after a two-year absence when he was named the D-backs' first base coach. He replaces Lee Tinsley, who joined new manager Don Wakamatsu's staff in Seattle. Bundy spent four seasons in the Arizona system as a minor league hitting coach and filled in as the D-backs' first base coach in the second half of 2004 after a staff shakeup in which manager Bob Brenly was let go. Bundy was the hitting coach for Pacific Coast League champion Tucson (Class AAA) in 2006 before spending the last two seasons as the manager at Class AAA Las Vegas in the Dodgers' system.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Regular second basemen in the D-backs' first 11 seasons -- Andy Fox, Tony Batista, Jay Bell, Craig Counsell, Junior Spivey, Scott Hairston and Orlando Hudson. Felipe Lopez will make it eight in 2009.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He is a great fit for our club. He can do a lot to complement our roster -- defensively, as a baserunner, offensively." -- D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes, on the addition of 2B Felipe Lopez.

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Added: December 21, 2008

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