There are few teams that have been as active as the Arizona Diamondbacks on the trade market the last two years. Despite a lot of moves, there are doubts about how much better these deals have made the team.
The Diamondbacks finished last season at the break-even mark (81-81) and didn't do much to make themselves much better on paper this year.
"Interesting" is a word that can have positive or negative connotations when describing a team, but it feels appropriate for Arizona. This is a team that identified a weakness with the lineup—in this case, lack of power—and tried to fix it by acquiring Mark Trumbo.
Playing in the National League West is a disadvantage for a team like Arizona, when the Los Angeles Dodgers have an unlimited wallet and superstar talent all over the field.
The Diamondbacks do have the arms to match anyone in the division, including the Dodgers. A lot of things will have to go right for them to make the playoffs, but there is exciting talent to watch.
To showcase what Arizona will be looking at heading into the season, here's a look at where the team stands as pitchers and catchers report.