5 Questions the Arizona Diamondbacks Must Answer During Spring Training

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5 Questions the Arizona Diamondbacks Must Answer During Spring Training

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Out in Arizona people are most definitely talking about the Arizona Diamondbacks and for good reason. As they prepare to go into Spring Training the DBacks have been one of the most active and presumably successful teams during the MLB offseason. Without a doubt they have loaded up enough changes to give themselves a great chance at forgetting last season. To be fair to last season’s team, they likely would have stayed in the mix all season in the NL West if the Los Angeles Dodgers hadn’t of exploded.

Alas, this is a brand new season and the DBacks have added to their team in very key areas. If you don’t think this has been a great offseason then just consider this fact. At the beginning of the downtime, Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers were both on the hot seat looking at not getting a new contract with the club if they didn’t succeed. Towers has done so many great things that they give both he and Gibson an extension before the season even started.

Yeah, I would say that is a pretty stinking good season of revamping the team. We all know the move for Mark Trumbo was awesome but the attention paid to the closer position and the bullpen in general might be as much if not more important at season’s end. But this isn’t season’s end, we are at the beginning. As we go into Spring Training, here are five questions the DBacks and their revamped team still need to answer.

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5 – Who Gets the Early Boot if They Sign a Veteran Starter?

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The DBacks already have a built in competition for the fifth starter spot that we’ll discuss later on but they also have talked with Bronson Arroyo and others. If they do bring in someone else that is guaranteed a spot basically, who of the young pitchers gets the boot? Maybe they should stick with the guys they have. Either way, they have to decide.

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4 – Will Cody Ross Really be the Fourth Outfielder?

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The addition of Mark Trumbo is awesome for many reasons. With Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock, this begins to look like a solid outfield. But what about Cody Ross? Not that he is the greatest outfielder in the world or anything, but will he really be the fourth man out there? I suppose if this is to be a great team like they want it to be, having Ross as a fourth outfielder might make sense. We’ll see.

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3 – Will the Early Start Mess Things Up?

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The DBacks have the supposed honor of starting their season with a series in Australia. That is cool and everything but what is not cool is that they are starting so early. This is such an odd situation that the entire team is starting Spring Training, which most players feel is too long anyway, one week early. How will this affect the team? If it throws everything off they might have to adjust the timing as Spring Training comes to a close.

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2 – What Happens If Randall Delgado Doesn’t Make the Rotation?

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Though it wasn’t perfect by anyone’s estimation, Delgado had a good run for a young guy last season. This could be his next step towards really being a solid MLB starter. However with the situation being what it is he stands a chance of not making it as well. If he looks like he won’t make it, will Delgado be a bullpen guy or be traded for the second time in as many seasons?

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1 – Will Archie Bradley Make the Starting Rotation?

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Bradley is the top pitching prospect in MLB for a reason. He will get the chance to show his stuff in Spring Training and supposedly will be given a real chance at the starting rotation out of the gate. Does he have what it takes right now or will he need a little more work in the minors before coming up mid-season?

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