By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on March 9, 2014
As the 2014 MLB regular Season is about to get started, no team's fans have more reasons to be pumped than the Arizona Diamondbacks. Considering all the changes that were made, it is clear that the front office wanted to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers and everyone else in the crowded National League West. Take a look at these five reasons why DBacks fans should be pumped for the season.
Last season Prado was a good member of the DBacks roster but he wasn’t really a member of the team like he is this season. The trade that happened just before the spring season started shook Prado a little bit. He still put up good numbers but watch this man this season. He will show you exactly why Chipper Jones said he was coming for him if he ever was in control of a team.
The signing of Bronson Arroyo might be a little puzzling to fans who wanted to guarantee Archie Bradley a spot in the starting rotation but it is a good move regardless. One thing the Dodgers had last season that the DBacks did not was a deep rotation. This year the DBacks have too many good candidates for the five spots and that is a great problem to have. Also, don’t assume that Bradley is out a spot just yet.
There were more people excited about the addition of the new closer, Reed than about their new outfielder. One thing that this team badly needed was a sure thing in the back side of the ballgame. With Reed they will have a good chance to put away games before the ninth inning. He is young but he is good and getting better.
Last season was quite the coming out party for Goldschmidt but this season has the potential to be even better. With his newly added help in the power department, Goldschmidt should have some added protection somewhere around him in the starting line-up and that should be a very good thing for pitchers to not be able to pitch around him.
This was the best move of the offseason for a reason. Trumbo was thought to be a possible trade chip for the Angels and when he became readily available the team in the front office of the DBacks did a masterful job getting him in the 3-way trade. What that will mean on the field is fairly obvious. He should provide a chance to have two MVP-caliber players in the near future and certainly will boost run production which is always a good thing.
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