MLB: Off-Season for the AZ Diamondbacks
The odds to win the 2015 World Series were released last week and the AZ Diamondbacks’ were listed as 100/1. That puts them at number 30, which is last in all of baseball. That is attributed to a terrible 2014 season, where they posted a 64-98 record.
This team will need to make adjustments to both their offense and defense (hitting and pitching) in order to have an above 500 season, let alone a post-season appearance.
The Diamondbacks could be one of the best offenses in baseball in 2015, but it will come down to power and hitting with runners in scoring position. We know this team does not have much power outside of Paul Goldschmidt and they have struggled with runners in scoring position for several years. In 2014, A.J. Pollock emerged as a definitive leadoff hitter and showed some speed on the bases. Chris Owings was good during stretches of the 2014 season, and whether he stays at second base or slides over to short stop, he will remain an everyday player on this team’s roster. Having a healthy Mark Trumbo will provide power in the middle of the lineup. And, if Aaron Hill is not traded, look for him to have a bounce back year.
Now, the 2015 Diamondbacks are certainly not World Series favorites, but there is no way this team will be the worst in baseball for a second year in a row. A full season from everyday players like Chris Owings, A. J. Pollock, Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt to go along with pitchers (starter) Bronson Arroyo and (reliever) David Hernandez in the bullpen, and with Patrick Corbin’s return to the starting rotation in June, it would be hard to predict that this team would lose 98 games in 2015.
Free agency begins on November 4th followed by the General Managers’ meetings on November 10th-13th, right here in Phoenix and then December 8th-11th baseball will hold their winter meetings. Expect some trades and a few free agent signings from the Diamondbacks as they look to find pitching help. It has been reported that they would trade Miguel Montero and if they do they will need to sign another catcher because there is not much available in the whole organization at this time. Catching has become a premium with Russell Martin being the most sought after free agent and he will get serious money.
This team is in great hands with Tony LaRussa, Dave Stewart, Dejon Watson and even Manager, Chip Hale, calling the shots and we expect them to assemble a team that will be competitive in 2015.
Spring Training is around 100 days away.
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