Arizona Diamondbacks 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

For so many years prior, the Diamonbacks had always been the team “with the talent to break through”. Finally in 2011, under the hands of Kirk Gibson, they did break through and won the division title:

 

Grade: B

 

Notable Additions:

Trevor Cahill, Craig Breslow, Jason Kubel, and Takashi Saito.

 

Notable Subtractions:

Jason Marquis, Sean Burroughs, Ryan Cook, Collin Cowgill, Armando Galarraga, and Micah Owings.

 

Why?: Just as the Padres’ situation was a “quality over quantity” situation favoring the subtraction column, this is a “quality over quantity” situation favoring the additions. Sure there aren’t as many additions as there are subtractions, but the talent level on the addition side of the equation vastly outweighs that of the subtraction side. On the addition side you have Jason Kubel and on the subtraction side you have Sean Burroughs (who I only included, because I almost caught his first HR back from his addiction problems the day of the Virginia earthquake). You can see how this would add up to me giving them a B.

 

The Diamonbacks actually got over-shadowed this offseason in terms of being a really good team that made improvements. The two teams getting the most press in that department are the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers. I really think people should be making a bigger deal about them than they are. The scary thing is that they won as many games as they did (94) with being a flawed team. The highest batting average on the team came from Gerardo Parra, who was quite possibly the weak spot in the lineup. If guys like Justin Upton and Chris Young could have higher batting averages instead of being just power threats, there’s no telling how good this team could be. I really can’t explain how this team won as many games as they did, yet it didn’t feel flukey.

 

Also just a thing that I find interesting. Anyone remember when the Diamondbacks were about to trade Justin Upton? He was on the block and everything, but they decided to keep him. What happens to this team if he is on some other team? Just an interesting thought.

 

Predicted Record Range: 91-96 wins

 

Next Up: Left are the only two team I did vlogs for in the last series of entries

4 Comments

They’ll probably keep him just because he is a very good player, and it wouldn’t have been worth it to keep him on a losing team like they were before when they could get players for him to help out down the road, but now that they’re a contender, it makes sense to keep him.

Very true. I wonder if they are going to keep Upton or trade him.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

Thanks! I sure think that they should win the division, but weirder things have happened. I would say that the biggest threat to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ chances at the division title is the Arizona Diamondbacks, because neither the Giants nor the Dodgers are going to beat them out if they just keep up the pace of last year, but if they slow down for whatever reason, they can be caught.

Nice post! I think the D-Backs will win the NL West this year.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

Hello, observers of baseball. Let me know what you though of the entry no matter what you thought of it. Additonally, let me know if you'd like to see me do anything in specific or what I'm doing right or wrong when I do write entries.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 431 other followers

%d bloggers like this: