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RAISING ARIZONA
Tom Verducci
December 01, 1997
SI was present at the creation as the Diamondbacks put together their ball club in last week's expansion draft
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December 01, 1997

Raising Arizona

SI was present at the creation as the Diamondbacks put together their ball club in last week's expansion draft

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6:36 p.m.
To the Diamondbacks' delight, they are able to snatch Carrasco with their next pick.

6:37 p.m.
Kansas City calls, asking what it can do to get Carrasco back.

6:50 p.m.
Arizona is poised to take Mets outfield prospect Carlos Mendoza with their penultimate pick of the second round, but Tampa Bay grabs him. Showalter smacks his hands together in disappointment.

7:40 p.m.
The lists of pulled-back players are handed to Showalter. He's relieved to sec that Randa's name does not appear on Pittsburgh's list, clinching the Fryman trade.

8:13 p.m.
The Diamondbacks draft Dodgers pitching prospect Jesus Martinez, Florida's top choice to complete the trade for White. A Phoenix-area resident, White is across the street at America West Arena watching a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Suns, who are also owned by Colangelo. An Arizona team official approaches him with a cap and a jersey with his name on it. "Are you teasing me?" White says. The trade is announced at the arena, with White shown on the video board. The crowd gives him a standing ovation.

9:00 p.m.
Showalter uses the Diamondbacks' last pick on Toronto pitcher Marty Janzen, about whom other clubs will call the next day. Nelson relays the pick to senior vice president Roland Hemond, who is in the draft ballroom officially handing over the team's selections. As soon as Nelson hangs up, the room erupts into applause. Showalter, who in the previous seven hours has left the room only during two between-rounds intermissions, is still wearing a jacket and tie. He hugs Garagiola as Nelson's computer spits out the tab for this party: a payroll of about $21 million."

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