Biggest Winners and Losers from Arizona Diamondbacks' Offseason

Adam YoungContributor IIJanuary 13, 2015

Biggest Winners and Losers from Arizona Diamondbacks' Offseason

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks are feeling optimistic after an active offseason. Change was certainly expected following a season in which the D-Backs finished 64-98worst in MLB.

    With the addition of young pitching and Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the 2015 team has a new feel to it. 

    The departure of certain players has opened up opportunity for others. On the other hand, offseason acquisitions should send certain players to the bench. 

    Here are the biggest winners and losers from the Diamondbacks' offseason thus far.

Winner: Josh Collmenter

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    Arizona's 2014 starting rotation was first led by Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill and Wade Miley. Yet, the starting pitcher with the most wins on the team (11) was Josh Collmenter. 

    Collmenter finished 2014 with a 3.46 ERAalso a team best.

    Because of his impressive campaign last year, general manager Dave Stewart lists Collmenter as the No. 1 starter on the depth chart.

    Unfortunately, he is not a top-of-the-rotation type of pitcher. His fastball averaged only 86 mph, which was slowest of any qualifying National League pitcher.

    This led the D-Backs to acquire some young pitching. Hard-throwers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster were sent to Arizona from Boston for Wade Miley. Jeremy Hellickson was acquired from Tampa Bay for prospects. 

    De La Rosa, Webster and Hellickson will help alleviate the pressure on Collmenter as the 2015 season begins. Instead of being expected to lead the team in wins, Collmenter should receive help from the new arms. This can thrust him into a more complementary role.

    However, Collmenter should still feel confident knowing he is the No. 1 starter and has a great opportunity to build off a career year.

Winner: Chris Owings

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    After sending shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Yankees in December, Chris Owings has a great opportunity to establish himself as the D-Backs' shortstop for the future. 

    Owings showed flashes in his first full season in Arizona, hitting .261 with six home runs in 91 games.

    At times, he made rookie mistakes in the field. His first month of the season last year produced four errors. But Owings still showcases potential in the field. At age 23, Owings possesses fantastic range and a strong arm.

    The former MVP of the Pacific Coast League should see the majority of the time at shortstop. Only veteran Cliff Pennington could challenge his spot on the depth chart.

    Expect an even better offensive campaign from Owings in 2015. As long as he can stay healthy, he can be a capable replacement for Gregorius.

Winner: Paul Goldschmidt

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    Paul Goldschmidt had yet another fine season for Arizona in 2014 before fracturing his hand in August. Goldschmidt hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 109 games. 

    His impressive stat line came despite having no protection in the lineup. For the majority of the season, Miguel Montero batted cleanup behind Goldschmidt.

    Montero clubbed 13 home runs but only hit .243. The D-Backs' money catcher was not producing enough to force opposing pitchers to attack Goldschmidt with bases empty.

    After this offseason, that may change.

    Mark Trumbo should be healthy this year and provide some much-needed power. But arguably, the most significant offseason move was the signing of Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.

    According to's Jerry Crasnick, Tomas is described as having big power, prolific power and occasionally jaw-dropping power. He hit 15 home runs in only 81 games in the Cuban Serie Nacional season before missing time to injury.

    With Tomas and Trumbo behind him, Goldschmidt should receive much-needed protection in the lineup this season. Expect another big year from the face of the franchise.

Loser: Trevor Cahill

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    Trevor Cahill lost his spot in the rotation last season after an abysmal 3-12 record and 5.61 ERA.

    Cahill was wild, walking 55 batters in just over 110 innings pitched. His sinker was not sinking, and too many pitches were left up in the zone, leading to his demise as a starter. 

    Any chance of having a comeback season may have been put to rest after the acquisitions of Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Jeremy Hellickson. With Patrick Corbin and Daniel Hudson also in the mix to return from injury, there is simply no room for Cahill this season.

    Expect Cahill to be called upon only if there is a significant injury. After last season, he simply cannot be trusted.

Loser: Tuffy Gosewisch

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    Miguel Montero, the D-Backs' iron man, was traded to the Cubs this offseason. At first glance, this was great news for the only catcher currently on the depth chartTuffy Gosewisch.

    Unfortunately for Gosewisch, Arizona is still aggressively pursuing a replacement for Montero that will inevitably steal the starting spot.

    Despite not having any luck thus far, GM Dave Stewart has been targeting Toronto's Dioner Navarro. The Cubs' backup catcher Welington Castillo has also been discussed as a possible trade target.

    The D-Backs will likely not want to begin the season with an inexperienced and unproven catcher. Gosewisch hit .225 with only one home run in 41 games last season.

    That simply will not cut it. Expect Gosewisch to resume his role as a backup once a more experienced catcher is acquired.

Loser: Archie Bradley

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    The most talked-about Arizona prospect award goes to Archie Bradley. For the past few seasons, he was expected to make an impact at the big league level.

    Yet, all the D-Backs did this offseason was acquire even more young arms that will compete with Bradley for a roster spot during the year.

    There is no guarantee Bradley will pitch in the majors this year. His control has been a problem throughout his minor league career. His best chance at being promoted also fell short last season due to an elbow injury.

    With Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Chase Anderson in the mix for starting spots, there may not be enough room for another young pitcher despite the hype Bradley carries.