Gerardo Parra is not headed for the Washington Nationals, not anywhere else. He and the Arizona Diamondbacks are a perfect fit for one another, and though the team seems not to fully appreciate his abilities, a short-lived rumor that Parra might be traded elicited a quick denial from GM Kevin Towers and the Arizona front office.
That Parra will be around appears sure, but how he will find playing time after the peculiar December arrival of free agent Jason Kubel heads a long list of questions facing the 2011 NL West champions. Manager Kirk Gibson worked their roster masterfully last season en route to the playoffs, but has his hands full again as spring training 2012 begins. Read on for a full preview of the Diamondbacks' season to come.
This is the first of 30 team previews in 30 days, leading up to the start of the 2012 MLB regular season. Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Matt Trueblood offers insight on all facets of each club, profiles their manager, raise key questions, identifies risers and fallers and lays out run matrices for each team based on his proprietary 2012 projections. Check back daily for the next team in the series, or follow Trueblood on Twitter: