ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Derrick Hall says Godley DFA sends a message to D-backs

Aug 8, 2019, 11:28 AM | Updated: 3:23 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the fi...
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Zack Godley and Greg Holland being designated for assignment this past week saw two key contributors of this year’s Arizona Diamondbacks team, in addition to past teams, ushered out the door.

The polarizing decision was one that needed to be made, according to D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall.

“What that does: It sends the message. It does send the right message to the clubhouse,” he told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf. “Like, ‘Guys, we’re here to do a job and you’re not just going to stay on this roster because of your salary or service time or because you’re a fan favorite or coach favorite. That’s not what we’re doing here.'”

The moves gave others in the organization a huge chance.

“Secondly, we now have talent and we have depth throughout our system where we need to give guys a chance, and if someone’s not cutting it, you can’t continue to do the same thing over and over again,” Hall said.

Godley pitched five seasons with the D-backs, posting a 4.70 ERA and a 94 ERA+ during his time with the team.

“[It was] terribly tough. He was so important to us,” Hall said. “A couple years back, this guy really saved our bacon, and he’s fun. He’s a character. He struggled this year. We know that. He had some struggles last year. But again, that’s management and that’s Torey [Lovullo] deciding what’s best for the team. And he’s going to figure it out.

“You can’t hold onto a guy and fear that it’s going to come back around when it’s not coming around at a time when you need it.”

Emotions weren’t just high for upper management of the D-backs, but for teammates as well.

“He’s not hanging his head. He’s not upset. He’s not questioning,” Hall said of D-backs reliever Andrew Chafin. Chafin and Godley were best friends on the team.

“These guys are on a mission together and they can’t feel sorry for one another,” Hall said. “They can’t worry about losing a best friend. They’ve got to figure out a way to win and quite honestly, a way to stay on this roster.”

But the D-backs so far haven’t been bothered by the news. They’ve won four of their last five games, all against NL Wild Card contenders in the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.

“Those are tough, tough decisions, and they’re guys who are very, very likable that have done a nice job leadership wise in the clubhouse,” Hall said. “But at some point, you’ve got others in that room looking around going, ‘OK, what about him? We all have to pitch in here, and we all have to be effective for us to win.’ I think we’ve seen on this homestand that the players are responding well to that and it sends the right message.”

Arizona Diamondbacks

(Twitter photo / @jones_druw)...
Alex Weiner

D-backs take Druw Jones in MLB mock drafts at The Athletic, MLB.com

The Athletic's Keith Law and MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo both predict the D-backs will take OF Druw Jones with the No. 2 pick.
13 hours ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo, right, celebrates with Ketel Marte after he scored during th...
Associated Press

D-backs can’t complete sweep after Cubs go back-to-back in 8th

The Cubs hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning as the D-backs couldn't complete the four-game sweep in Chicago.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas reacts after striking out swinging during the first inning of a ba...
Associated Press

D-backs 3B Josh Rojas out of lineup Sunday, day-to-day with hand injury

D-backs 3B Josh Rojas is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Chicago Cubs because of a left hand contusion.
2 days ago
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)...
Alex Weiner

D-backs recall Opening Day 3B Drew Ellis, option IF Yonny Hernandez

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled third baseman Drew Ellis from Triple-A Reno, the team announced Sunday morning.
2 days ago
Daulton Varsho #12 and Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after scoring in the 10...
Associated Press

D-backs win 3rd-straight in Chicago behind extra innings win over Cubs

Daulton Varsho hit a three-run double in the 10th and scored on a throwing error to give the D-backs to a 7-6 comeback win over the Cubs.
3 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas pauses near home plate after lining out to Colorado Rockies first ...
Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Josh Rojas exits game after getting hit in hand with pitch vs. Cubs

Diamondbacks 3B Josh Rojas exited Saturday's game in the first inning after getting hit by a pitch by Cubs lefty Justin Steele.
3 days ago
Derrick Hall says Godley DFA sends a message to D-backs