When the Diamondbacks picked up Jason Kubel this offseason, the discussion immediately turned to the quadrangle of an outfield conundrum that had befallen Chase Field.
With Kubel encroaching on what had been a peaceful triangle of tranquility between Gerardo Parra, Justin Upton and Chris Young, conventional speculation pointed to a Parra trade that, of course, never happened—after all, someone had to be the odd man out.
Fortunately—or unfortunately—for Arizona, that problem was soon solved with injuries to Chris Young and Justin Upton.
Ultimately, this is exactly why the D-Backs need that odd man out—in case one of the regulars goes on the DL, enters a slump or simply needs a day off.
On paper, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a mess—their odd man roster runs from Abreu to Treanor with several stops in between, yet somehow, that team has made it work. First place in the NL West and best record in baseball? Yes, please.