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Nick Evans remained a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, but that could change in the coming days.
MLB Trade Rumors reported Saturday that Evans had signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan and would be removed from Arizona’s 40-man roster.
While that may happen sooner rather than later, Evans said Saturday that he was caught off guard by the report.
“I got a couple of texts this morning about it, but I didn’t know anything about that,” Evans said. “It’s definitely something that I’ve had my mind on that would be exciting in the future to do, but as of right now I’m still a Diamondback. There’s been some talks, but nothing official. As of right now I’m still a Diamondback.”
– Steve Gilbert
The D-backs made a move to increase their bullpen depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp and assigning him to Triple-A Reno. Camp was released by the Cubs on July 7 after being designated for assignment.
The 37-year-old is a 10-year veteran who posted a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances this season. In 23 innings, he struck out 13 and walked nine. Camp was a workhorse for Chicago least season, when he appeared in a league-high 80 games and produced a 3.59 ERA.
Arizona also released veteran pinch-hitting specialist Eric Hinske, who recently accepted an outright assignment to Reno after being designated for assignment. Hinske was 1-for-18 with Reno and hit .173 with one home run in 58 plate appearances for Arizona, which signed him this offseason.
Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, is expected to retire, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He played for seven teams over 12 big league seasons, hitting .249/.332/.430 with 137 home runs and 522 RBIs. The 35-year-old also accomplished the strange feat of appearing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams, winning with the Red Sox in 2007, losing with the Rays in ’08 and winning with the Yankees in ’09.
– Andrew Simon
Our fellow blogger Mitch Williams, the MLB.com columnist, MLB Network studio analyst and former closer, just posted over on Wild Things and predicted that the D-backs will meet the Tigers in the World Series. Here’s an excerpt from his National League predictions post he just saved, so be sure to go leave him comments whether you agree or disagree:
I see Washington and Milwaukee meeting in the one-game playoff, with the Nats advancing to play the Phillies in the Division Series. The Phillies have a big advantage in experience and will win this series, while Justin Upton and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat St. Louis in the other NLDS.
I’m going out on a limb and saying Arizona beats Philly in the NLCS and advances to the World Series.