MLB: Why Arizona Diamondbacks Will Be Team to Beat in NL West

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MLB: Why Arizona Diamondbacks Will Be Team to Beat in NL West
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Manager Kirk Gibson knows the potential of this Diamondbacks team.

Don’t sleep on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

They underachieved last season with a .500 record (81-81), but have since restructured most of their roster. 

The D-backs traded two-thirds of their outfield, including the face of the franchise, Justin Upton, yet they may just have a better team.

Adding depth and building around defense, Arizona has filled all its needs in this busy offseason.

In a division with the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants and a Los Angeles Dodgers team that spends at will, the Diamondbacks go into the season expected to finish in third place.

The focus this offseason was on “Gibby Ball,” signing grinders and scrappy players to accommodate the style of manager Kirk Gibson (via Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic). Gibson told McManaman,

We want to be gritty, we want to be a team that pressures our opponent. We want to be relentless, highly dedicated, determined and undeterred in our goals.

With the roster this team has assembled, the D-backs are lined up for a winning season, and no one should be surprised to see them come out on top of the NL West.

GM Kevin Towers has developed a team displaying several keys to a successful season. Let's take a look at them.

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