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The star power of this Diamondbacks team is a little different than in years past. Justin Upton and Chris Young are gone. The team is now populated by "grinders" like Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, Willie Bloomquist, Cody Ross, and Adam Eaton. Of course, there are still some remnants of the old guard in Arizona, and I think one of those holdovers is going to make a huge impact in 2013.
My x-factor for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 is Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt absolutely brutalized the minor leagues in 2010 and 2011 before getting called up to the majors later in the 2011 season. Goldschmidt's power hasn't completely translated to the majors yet though, as in 764 career plate appearances, he had 28 homers and a .209 ISO. The league average ISO for a first baseman in 2012 was .179, so Goldschmidt's power wasn't exactly Bautista-esque in comparison to the rest of the position.
However, there's a huge opportunity for Goldschmidt to continue ...
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the Diamondbacks gave reliever David Hernandez a two-year contract last June, the 27-year-old admitted wanting to be a closer but said, "You've kind of just got to wait your turn."
It seemed then as if the wait could nearly be over. The D-backs had not picked up their option on 35-year-old closer J.J. Putz, who'd scuffled a bit after posting...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the 2012 season ended, infielder Eric Chavez knew it was time for his stint with the Yankees to do the same. There were multiple reasons, but chiefly, he wanted to get closer to his home in Scottsdale.
In that sense, there couldn't have been a much better fit than the Diamondbacks, who were interested in signing the veteran of 15 major league seasons...
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Tyler Skaggs was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 2009 draft (#40 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. He got to Arizona by way of trade when he was part of the package that the Diamondbacks got in return for Dan Haren. Skaggs is a lefty with a good size (6’3”, 195 lbs) who offers a fastball that sits 91...
After a fantastic season in 2011, the 2012 campaign proved to be quite the letdown for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They were middle-of-the-road as far as their offense goes, in nearly every statistical category. Same goes for their pitching, where they hovered around the middle of the league in every category there as well. Which is a pretty good indicator of why they finished right...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The Diamondbacks completely retooled their roster going into the 2013 season, and it ended in exactly the way that GM Kevin Towers imagined: with him and manager Kirk Gibson hoisting...
When scouting, the first instinct is to comp. You fight the urge, knowing every player is an individual, but the desire to quantify the unknown inevitably creeps into your thoughts. Who has a similar body type? A similar swing? Approach? Range and athleticism? Background? Instinctively, you formulate a first impression by answering one question: Who does he remind me of?
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. When it comes to aggressiveness on the bases, the Diamondbacks are not really trying anything new this spring. They are simply trying to do what they like to do better. Running into outs was a problem in 2012, and it goes without saying that D-backs need to improve there to make their somewhat-smaller-ball style work this season.
They understand. Kirk Gibson confronted...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
It is one thing for a team to fall short of expectations, but it is quite another to fall short of expectations...
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.
The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks....
And then there were three. Today's preview series features the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the NL West in 2011, finished .500 in 2012, and moved some pieces going into 2013. It's a completely different team for the Diamondbacks this year, who are going all-in with a roster molded in the image of their manager, Kirk Gibson.
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Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Diamondbacks...
Can the Diamondbacks' new-look outfield effectively replace Chris Young & Justin Upton?
This is going to be something to keep an eye on for this Diamondbacks team throughout the entire 2013 campaign. They lost some star power, and quite a bit of power, when they sent Chris Young off to the Oakland...
The Pirates, bolstering their infield depth, acquired John McDonald from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to a major-league source.
The return for the D-Backs was not immediately known.
The Pirates needed infield help. Chase d'Arnaud had surgery Tuesday after suffering a partially torn thumb ligament. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.
McDonald, 38, was...
Ryan Court hit a tiebreaking two-run single against Dylan Axelrod in the eighth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy gave up 10 hits but only two runs over six innings. McCarthy allowed a home run to Jordan Danks, who continued his torrid pace with two hits. After a horrendous start, Danks...
Born: September 24, 1974
Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks)
College: Providence College
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McDonald has made a career as a utility infielder with a very good glove and an exceptionally...