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Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Most of the second half of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2014 season was a huge disappointment. The fact that they were not able to remain in the playoff hunt for the second part of the year not only cost themselves possible postseason play but also could have been what cost Paul Goldschmidt the National League MVP award since a lot of voters pay attention to the success of the team. What it may have done more than anything is point out the weaknesses in this team.

That could be what leads them to be able to have a successful 2014 season. GM Kevin Towers knows now that he needs power in the outfield because his non-powerful outfield didn’t quite get it done this season. They traded what had been their best pitcher over the last few seasons in Ian Kennedy without getting a ton in return. That left a few areas of concern around the pitching staff.

Those need to be addressed but one thing that might need to be called an area of need is the GM himself. Towers has been a successful GM or at least on the edges of success for a while but his recent moves with the DBacks raise a few questions. As long as Towers regains his previous GM form and makes a few good moves, this team could be every bit as competitive as they were in the first half of last season, no matter how good anyone else is.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Have Solid Role Players in Bullpen

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Though the DBacks are not without talent in the bullpen, they need to chose and go with a consistent set of roles starting with the closer spot. There needs to be a few guys out there that know they will get the ball with a lead in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings every time there is a chance. This will provide more help for the bullpen than anything.

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4 – Larger Role for Josh Collmenter

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Collmenter proved on more than one occasion that he is capable of handling a tougher load than he carried in the past. He is able to do long relief but he is also capable of a larger role than that and could be a potentially solid choice for one of the last few innings. Chances are good that he would respond quite well to such a move.

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3 – Cody Ross Healthy

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Ross went down during a disappointing season to a devastating hip injury. It wasn’t exactly his best season before that either. What they need to help in the outfield is a healthy and slugging Ross. This would be a key plus to their 2014 plans and take any remaining sting off of lasts season’s power outfield trade.

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2 – Sign Power Outfielder

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No matter how well Ross returns, he will need help from at least one solid and power-hitting free agent in the outfield. Marlon Byrd is off the market so Nelson Cruz and Curtis Granderson are out there for them. Which outfielder they chose isn’t as important as whether or not he carry some power load for the DBacks. Such power help for Goldschmidt would be ultra-critical.

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1 – Trade for Jeff Samardzija

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There have been rumors everywhere that the DBacks might be working on a trade with the Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. This needs to happen for the DBacks. Towers issues as GM will be forgotten if he can land Samardzija and then work with his agent an extension. This would instantly make their starting rotation scary as long as Samardzija holds form which he shows no doubt about being able to do.