The Arizona Diamondbacks ended their season on an extremely disappointing note, fizzling out in the second half of the year having been in the mix for the division crown in the National League West for much of the first few months of the regular season. They head into 2014 with a bit of uncertainty as far as their starting staff and bullpen are concerned.
That should not be the case with their lineup in the field though. In fact, outside of maybe a tweak and perhaps adding depth pieces, there’s no reason for the Diamondbacks to change much of anything. This is among the best lineups in all of baseball, they just need the pitching to back it up.
The Diamondbacks have one of the best infield groups in all of baseball. The thing about it is that each of them are locked up for the next several years. Miguel Montero, Martin Prado, and Aaron Hill are all locked up for at least the next three years. And each are among the best bats in baseball at their respective positions.
Then there’s the matter of that Paul Goldschmidt guy. A contender for the National League MVP award, Goldschmidt came through with a brilliant year after signing a contract extension prior to the season. Regardless of who wins the shortstop battle next spring, an argument can be made that the Diamondbacks have the best offensive infield in baseball.
In the outfield, it’s not as potent a group at the plate, but they’re solid nonetheless. Gerardo Parra is one of the more underrated players in baseball and Cody Ross should rebound from his injury.
All in all, there’s no reason to think that the Diamondbacks couldn’t be one of the best teams in all of baseball, if they had the pitching to back up their offense. To that point, there’s no reason for the Diamondbacks to make changes to their lineup this summer, outside of depth purposes. Address the pitching, and this team will be strong in 2014.