MLB Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming of their second consecutive .500 season, and they’ve made some moves in the offseason to make sure it’s not lucky number three in 2014. Manager Kirk Gibson got an extension, as did GM Kevin Towers, so this team has invested in the future and think this group could be good enough to give the Dodgers are run this fall. First, the major transactions:
- 12/3 – Traded RHP Heath Bell to Tampa Bay Ray as part of 3-team trade. Received minor leaguer Justin Choate.
- 12/10 – Traded Adam Eaton and Taylor Scaggs as part of 3-team trade, receiving Mark Trumbo from the Angels.
- 12/20 – Re-signed Eric Chavez
- 2/12 – Signed free agent RHP Bronson Arroyo
The big pieces there are Trumbo and Arroyo, who will both bring stability to a lineup that sorely needs it. Arroyo had a typical year for him in 2013, throwing 202 innings at a 3.79 ERA. The righty gives up the long ball often, but had the best year of his career in limiting walks. Trumbo is a big power-low on base guy, and the Angels could definitely use 34 HRs in the middle of their lineup.
Here’s the current depth chart:
C: Miguel Montero
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: Martin Prado
SS: Chris Owings
LF: Mark Trumbo
CF: A.J. Pollock
RF: Gerardo Parra
SP: Patrick Corbin
SP: Bronson Arroyo
SP: Trevor Cahill
SP: Wade Miley
SP: Brandon McCarthy
CL: Addison Reed
Currently, I believe Brandon McCarthy could be the the missing piece in the puzzle. He can’t seem to stay healthy (line drive to the dome aside), but as we saw in his last two years with the A’s, he’s a solid pitcher when he’s on the mound. If McCarthy can throw 170+ innings, this could shape up to be one of the more reliable rotations in major league baseball.