By Brian Devine on March 15, 2014
Since their unexpected playoff run in 2011, the Diamondbacks have not met expectations. After a second-consecutive mediocre season in 2013, general manager Kevin Towers and his roster are starting to face intense criticism. New acquisitions have been highly scrutinized, and many believe some returning players have not lived up to the hype. Here are the top five most criticized players on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After an underwhelming season in 2013, expectations are low for Trevor Cahill. He is coming off the worst season of his career, and he has struggled mightily this spring. These factors have caused some to have a negative outlook for Cahill this year, but all hope should not be lost for him. He’s been solid for most of his career, and he is still relatively young at 26 years old.
With a disastrous stint with the New York Mets, Perez‘s reputation around the league has been tarnished. For New York in 2009 and 2010, he posted an awful 6.80 ERA in 112 innings pitched. While he has reinvented himself as a successful reliever with Seattle, his walks are still a concern and there is a fear that he can implode again for Arizona.
With poor Spring Training results and declining velocity, many are wondering how much longer Putz will remain effective. His spring ERA stands at 6.35, and he is now 37 years old. Manager Kirk Gibson still seems to have faith in Putz, but he is a huge question mark heading into the season.
Gregorius struggled immensely at the end of last season, and he is starting to earn a lot of criticism. During the last two months of the season, he hit under .200 with just two home runs and nine RBIs. His performance this spring hasn't help his case either, as he's hitting .229 with a .270 OBP in 35 at bats. He is losing ground to Chris Owings in Arizona's shortstop battle, so there is a strong possibility he loses the starting job.
With Trumbo’s low OBP and poor defense, he has been a target for widespread criticism. Many analysts believe Trumbo is overrated, and was a poor acquisition by the Diamondbacks. However, these criticisms are overblown. While he is certainly not a perfect player, he provides the Diamondbacks with a dangerous hitter and he significantly strengthens their lineup.
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