Now officially eliminated from playoff contention, the 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks’ season will go down as a major disappointment.
At this time last year, the Diamondbacks had just claimed their first division title since 2007, and their playoff hopes looked bright.
The Diamondbacks stood atop the NL West with an eight game lead heading into the playoffs and found themselves facing the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series. Once down 2-0 in the series, Arizona surged back to tie it up before losing game five 3-2 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
With just three games left this season, the only fight the Diamondbacks remain in is to stay above .500.
In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks hoped to continue their success and reach the playoffs once again. However, pitching problems and an underperforming lineup prevented Arizona from reaching its goals this season.
Regardless of these problems, I don’t see too many changes happening in the offseason. Arizona has a good young core, most of which is still under team control, and I expect only one of these guys to be on the move.
However, the Diamondbacks are in heavy need of an everyday shortstop as well as some relief pitching, which could mean the end to a few careers in Arizona.
Here are some of the guys I think won’t be on the roster to begin the 2013 season