As Spring Training gets ready to break open for the Arizona Diamondbacks, things look a lot different. Some moves were probably more popular than others and frankly, some made more sense than others. The additions of Cody Ross and Martin Prado will be substantial additions for the team. Will they be enough to offset the losses of Chris Young and Justin Upton though?
The jury is still out on that. The pitchers and catchers reporting to camp will be sure to understand that they might need to be a bigger part of the Diamondbacks success this year, as they begin an offensive approach that is not reliant upon home-runs to win games. I have nothing against that approach. Actually, a team that doesn’t need home-runs to win games is more often than not going to be a stronger core group than one that relies on the big fly for victory.
That might be more difficult for the Diamondbacks because of the amount of turnaround that there is. If I had to predict, I would bet on them having a rough start and maybe a downer first half of the season at worst. By the time the second half comes along however, they will either meld together or fall apart. Considering the guys they have, I would assume they will get better in the latter part of the season. Will it be enough to win this year? Probably not, but I’m watching just in case.