Notable Offseason Arrivals
Nick Ahmed, SS (Trade), Heath Bell, RP (Trade), Randall Delgado, SP (Trade), Didi Gregorius, SS (Trade), Brandon McCarthy, SP (FA), Cliff Pennington, SS (Trade), Martin Prado, 3B (Trade), Matt Reynolds, RP (Trade), Cody Ross, OF (FA), Tony Sipp, RP (Trade), Zeke Spruill, SP (Trade)
Notable Offseason Departures
Trevor Bauer, SP (Trade), Chris Johnson, 3B (Trade), Matt Lindstrom RP (FA), Bryan Shaw, RP (Trade), Justin Upton, OF (Trade), Ryan Wheeler, 3B (Trade), Chris Young, OF (Trade)
Miguel Montero, Wil Nieves
Montero is one of the top hitting catchers in the game (.825 OPS, 33 HR,174 RBI over the past two seasons), which is why the Diamondbacks can’t afford to sit him very much. They also need to keep him healthy or else they’ll have a huge hole in the middle of their lineup. Expect the 29-year-old to continue to start behind the plate five to six games per week.
Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, Cliff Pennington, Martin Prado
General Manager Kevin Towers made it clear early in the offseason that shortstop was his top priority. He acquired Pennington, which wasn’t a very exciting move for D’backs fans. But he wasn’t finished, acquiring defensive whiz Didi Gregorius to hopefully take over at some point in 2013, and prospect Nick Ahmed, who will likely start the season in Double-A.
The addition of Prado gives the team a versatile defender who can also hit anywhere in the lineup, especially near the top where the Diamondbacks needed some help.
Goldschmidt isn’t at the elite level, but he crushes left-handed pitching. Hill, coming off of a career year (.882 OPS), signed a three-year contract extension (2014-16) this offseason.
Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock, Adam Eaton (DL), Cody Ross (DL)
Towers traded long-time center fielder Chris Young early in the offseason, seemingly opening up a spot for rookie Adam Eaton (pictured). Then he signed Ross, which put Eaton’s roster spot back in question. But it finally became official once Justin Upton was sent to Atlanta in a blockbuster deal. Eaton would be the team’s leadoff man and center fielder on Opening Day.
Ironically, Eaton (strained elbow) and Ross (strained calf) will both start the season on the disabled list, while Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock will likely get the Opening Day nod.
Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy, Wade Miley, Pat Corbin/Randall Delgado
The biggest surprise after all the hype from early 2012 is that Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs aren’t in the 2013 rotation. Bauer was traded away to the Indians and Skaggs was sent to the minors after a rough spring.
The club brought in McCarthy (3.29 ERA in 43 starts with Oakland the past two seasons), who, if healthy, should help offset the loss of what Bauer had been expected to contribute.
J.J. Putz, David Hernandez, Heath Bell, Tony Sipp, Brad Ziegler, Matt Reynolds, Josh Collmenter
A strong bullpen only got better this offseason with the additions of left-handers Reynolds and Sipp. And even Bell as a seventh-inning setup man should be a boost. The 35-year-old pitched well after losing his closing job with the Marlins midway through last season, posting a 3.10 ERA with nine walks and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Top MLB-Ready Prospects
Eaton should step right into the leadoff spot once he returns, probably sometime in May. The 24-year-old has a career .456 on-base percentage in the minors and could also steal 20-plus bases per season.
Skaggs may not be ready for the majors right now, but he’s still a big-time prospect and is only 21-years-old. He’ll start the season in Triple-A and should be an upgrade over Corbin or Delgado once he gets in a groove later in the year.