Diamondbacks Sign Matt Fields, Waive Blake Beavan

By Thomas Lynch

Apr 15, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan throws in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a couple of Minor League moves over the past three days. First baseman/Designated Hitter Matt Fields was signed as a free agent and assigned to Double A Mobile. Meanwhile, right-handed pitcher Blake Beavan was released by the club’s Triple A affiliate, the Reno Aces according to mlbtraderumors.com.

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Fields was originally drafted in the 44th round of the 2004 Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent six years in the Rays’ organization rising as high as Double A. After playing in the independent Frontier League, he was signed by the Kansas City Royals. The right-hand-hitting Fields got as high as Triple A Omaha before being released earlier this year. He hit 31 home runs at Double A in 2013 and 28 homers at Triple A in 2014. The 30-year old Fields already has a double and a home run in 15 at-bats for the Bay Bears.

The Texas Rangers took Beavan with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 Draft. He was then sent to the Seattle Mariners in the trade that brought Cliff Lee to Texas. The 26-year old Beavan went 11-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 26 starts for the Mariners in 2012. He spent most of the last two seasons in the Minors due to a shoulder injury and was released at the end of the 2014 season. The D’backs signed him in November and assigned him to Reno. For the Aces, Beavan appeared in four games throwing 15 2/3 innings. He allowed 21 hits and five walks while striking out nine, compiling a 6.32 ERA.