Way Too Early National League West Predictions

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Way Too Early National League West Predictions

With the news that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran first baseman Adam LaRoche, the opening day rosters for each team in the NL West look to be set.

Well, for the most part. A couple teams are still looking for back-end of the rotation help as well as another arm to aid the bullpen.

Furthermore, we all know come Spring Training that each team will have a surprise or two make the roster as a bench player or in the bullpen but the main contributors look set for each club.

Of all the clubs, the Diamondbacks (albeit under the radar) have made the most offseason acquisitions.

Along with LaRoche, the Diamondbacks have picked up veteran relievers Bob Howry and Aaron Heilman as well as trading for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson who finished last season with the Detroit Tigers. Arizona also signed former Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson.

The San Francisco Giants have signed (name almost any position) Mark DeRosa and first base-man Aubrey Huff to "bolster" their offense.

And as for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres? Not a lot of offseason moves other than losing key players.

The Rockies picked up catcher Miguel Olivo to backup Chris Iannetta, but other than that, nothing significantly has changed via offseason signings. Garrett Atkins was let go after a disappointing season but Colorado most likely won't miss a beat with the impressive Ian Stewart taking over full time at third base.

The Dodgers' biggest offseason signing? Get ready for it, Jamey Carroll! Granted LA has a pretty stacked lineup once again in 2010, it is surprising they didn't bring back Randy Wolf, their most consistent starting pitcher from last season.

While the Dodgers could still sign a Joel Pineiro to help solidify the back-end of their rotation, there will still be question marks with the way Chad Billingsley finished his 2009 campaign.

As for the San Diego Padres, let's just say that the biggest name on their offseason list is veteran outfielder Brian Giles who is still out on the free-agent market. Simply said, nobody significant on the Padres roster from last season has found a new home and nobody significant has made a new home in San Diego.

At this point in time, any new free-agent pickups in the NL West won't be enough to change anybody's opinion on where each club will finish in the division.

Therefore, without further ado, here are my way too early NL West predictions.

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