5 Players the Arizona Diamondbacks Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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5 Players the Arizona Diamondbacks Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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Though General Manager Kevin Towers doesn’t seem to think so, the Arizona Diamondbacks had a pretty good run all in all in 2013. They were towards the top of the National League West for pretty well half of the season and would have likely fought it out until the end of the season if the Los Angeles Dodgers hadn’t of reeled off nearly 40 wins in a row. Even as it was they fought to within sight of the wildcard race towards the end. They probably just need a few tweaks before next season.

While Towers says he needs a power bat in the outfield, apparently unaware that he traded away three power outfield bats over the last calendar year, there are some players that the DBacks really do not need coming back in 2014. It isn’t something personal in most cases, just a case of nice to have you, don’t need you anymore. Their outfield might need a little work but I think mainly they need some changeover on the pitching staff.

I don’t know that they need to search for a bunch of pitchers that are willing to headhunt as Towers inadvertently suggested, but for sure they could lose a couple and build some future aces with what they have in the farm system. Regardless of what they chose to add to the team, these five are some that they can build without. Leave a comment below if you agree or disagree.

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5 – Eric Chavez

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Chavez has played a nice part for the DBacks during his time there but I think they can find other options to fill his role that might be a little younger and have some more potential in their future. Also any free agents that the DBacks do not bring back will free up funds for moves on the market. I believe they can do without Chavez.

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4 – Willie Bloomquist

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Bloomquist is similar to Chavez in hi situation with the team. As important as his role is, he can probably be replaced easily enough by a younger option that could fill a utility role and would have less experience built up to have to pay for. There could even be options within the organization.

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3 – Brandon McCarthy

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McCarthy has done a good job for the DBacks over the seasons but I don’t know if they will really want to re-sign him once his free agency kicks in at the end of next season. He could be a good trade chip in a deal to possibly bring in a more solid ace or even that power bat that Towers wants so badly.

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2 – Trevor Cahill

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Cahill has not really been a great contributor over the long-haul for a few seasons and would be someone that the DBacks could trade and not miss too badly. Also Cahill and McCarthy going elsewhere would push younger Tyler Skaggs and even prospect Archie Bradley to take a step up. Bradley has better minor league stats than Patrick Corbin did before his big slash.

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1 – Heath Bell

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Bell looked to be a long-term option at the closer spot not long ago but this was his second sub-par season and saw him lose the closer roll. Someone like Bell who has closer stuff in the past would be taken by someone else in need of a late inning reliever with hopes they could rehabilitate him. The DBacks don’t really need him if he isn’t going to have closer stuff and should move him for a decent return.

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