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When shortstop Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle last July, Willie Bloomquist filled in admirably as he hit .266 with 20 steals while playing terrific defense at shortstop.
The team also acquired John McDonald from the Blue Jays at the deadline for insurance, and this offseason brought both Bloomquist and McDonald back to bridge the gap until Drew returns.
However, Bloomquist has struggled (.219 BA) and there is no real timetable on when Drew will return at this point. Cody Ransom (.317 BA, four HR, 12 RBI) has seen some time there recently, but he is better suited playing third base.
In an offseason where a number of veteran shortstops were available for relatively cheap, such as Alex Gonzalez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jamey Carroll and Jerry Hairston Jr. among others, the Diamondbacks would have been wise to ink one of those guys, as Bloomquist is best off as a utility player, not an everyday starter.