It has been more than 48 hours since the Diamondbacks season came to an end at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers and the loss still stings. A season for the ages came to a sudden and abrupt end after Arizona had many chances to win the game and move on to the next round.
Don’t fret though D’Back fans, spring training is right around the corner where the club will be looking to defend their NL West title.
Whenever you are coming off of a terrible season, it seems like the offseason drags on and on. Diamondback fans know that all too well the last three years, but that won’t be the case once pitchers and catchers report in late February of next year. The offseason should actually fly by.
Why is that?Arizona will have plenty of payroll flexibility to make some moves through both trades and signings in free agency to improve on a ballclub that won 94 games during the regular season in 2011 and had a talented Brewers squad on the brink in the NLDS.
The front office will look to add another power bat for the infield as well as some depth in the outfield and in the bullpen. Look for them to try and lock up guys like Ian Kennedy and Miguel Montero as well to long term deals after having career years.
Before you know it, Diamondbacks players will be on the Salt River Fields preparing for another 162-game season. Hopefully the team will be improved enough for them to make an even deeper run in the playoffs come October 2012.