Diamondbacks Sign Mike Hampton

The Diamondbacks have signed Mike Hampton to a minor-league contract, according to a team press release.  Hampton will be assigned to Arizona's Triple-A franchise in Reno.

When last we heard from Hampton, he was set to miss the entire 2010 season after undergoing surgery on his left rotator cuff.  It was just the latest in a series of health setbacks for Hampton, who made just 25 total starts between 2005 and 2008 due to a variety of injuries, including Tommy John surgery.  Hampton is a two-time All-Star, but the southpaw is best known for the eight-year, $121MM deal he signed with Colorado before the 2001 season that is often included in "worst contract ever" discussions.

According to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com (Twitter link), Hampton will start for Reno on Monday but pitch just the first inning, as Hampton is being converted to relief pitching.  Hampton threw a 60-pitch bullpen session for the Snakes on Wednesday and D'Backs GM Jerry Dipoto told Magruder that Hampton will be a "positive influence" on his younger teammates (both Twitter links).


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28 Comments on "Diamondbacks Sign Mike Hampton"


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Brandon Woodworth
4 years 10 months ago

…wow. They are desperate.

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jdub220
4 years 10 months ago

[insert joke about D’Backs being really desperate here]

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RedSoxHuskies94
4 years 10 months ago

they’re more desperate than a 50 year old divorcee with 2 sons, oh,oh, thank you(rodney dangerfield impression.)

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CaptainCharisma
4 years 10 months ago

boooooooooooooooo

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RedSoxHuskies94
4 years 10 months ago

lol i tried

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Brandon Woodworth
4 years 10 months ago

Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that the DBack’s have signed Rick Vaughn to be their closer.

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brstreet9
4 years 10 months ago

Does the haircut come with him?

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Brandon Woodworth
4 years 10 months ago

Yes. And the haircut has an option for 2011.

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brstreet9
4 years 10 months ago

I like Vaughn’s haircuts chances of doing something in 2011 more than I do Mike Hampton’s chances.

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EdinsonPickle
4 years 10 months ago

Forget Rick Vaughn! Gimme Kenny Powers!

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Sal Fasano.

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icedrake523
4 years 10 months ago

How is the Arizona school system?

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brstreet9
4 years 10 months ago

Maybe he is being signed strictly as a pinch-hitter.

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bravo88
4 years 10 months ago

and pinch runner…he had good speed back in the day.

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4 years 10 months ago

hes a clubhouse guy for AAA…dont really see why everyone is joking about this…its not a bad move considering hes getting virtually nothing…i would rather a MLB experienced journeyman then a career minor leaguer any day