Originally posted on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 3/8/13
During the off season, Arizona Diamondbacks fans certainly had their hearts toyed with from the whirlwind of trade talk that constantly surrounded one of their favorite players. While some of the fans prepared for Justin Upton’s inevitable trade, others held out hope that the outfielder would once again wear sedona red in 2013. When the deal was done and Upton was sent to play the best game in America with his brother in Atlanta, many were left wondering what would happen with the line up this year. All of the changes the Diamondbacks made to their roster over the winter left my head spinning. Although many improvements were made, they put a lot of emphasis on fixing a major issue. Last season, they could not find any players to fit comfortably at short stop or third base. Defensively those players were lacking, and if they would improve their glove, their plate performance would suffer. After desperately trying to resolve the infield problem, the Diamondbacks ended up with a crowd. The big ticket in the Upton blockbuster trade was Martin Prado. Any day that Prado walks on to a baseball field, is a day he tries his best. The Diamondbacks are a club full of selfless players with that same type of team-first mentality. Prado will fit in well at his new home. After the loss of both Chris Johnson and Ryan Wheeler, Prado will help fill the gap at third base along with another new Diamondback, Eric Chavez. Last season, with the Braves Prado hit .301/.359/.438 with 81 runs and 70 RBIs. He is known to have patience at the plate and thanks to hitter-friendly Chase Field, he should be blasting more long balls this season. He has some pop in his bat, but he can also run, swiping 17 bags in 2012. He will be a regular at the hot corner, but if the Diamondbacks are smart they will utilize his experience all over, including outfield and short stop. Defensively, he is a great pick up for his versatility and can add depth to a weak spot on the team. Along with Prado, the Diamondbacks brought on board Didi Gregorius and Cliff Pennington. This will allow the club to strengthen the deficit at short stop and solidify the left side of the infield. Gregorius was out with an apparent elbow injury, but the Diamondbacks have high hopes for the 23 year old. The injury did not require surgery, but after limited practice during Spring Training, he will unlikely be ready for the big leagues on Opening Day. He made his MLB debut with the Reds in September of 2012, and has a chance to be the Diamondbacks everyday short stop once he works on his performance at the plate. He has big league abilities defensively, but still needs to get his bat ready. There is high anticipation surrounding Gregorius at SS and they already have confidence in Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald being solid backups, so what was the point of trading for Cliff Pennington earlier in the off-season? Any fan that follows the Diamondbacks knows that their skipper loves to make changes to his line up. He wants the best head to head match up possible. And with Pennington, they will now have a switch hitter. Even though his slashline was only .215/.278/.311 last year, he will still be a huge asset when it comes to match ups. He was picked up for his strong defensive ability, but I think he will add depth to Kirk Gibson’s ever changing line up card. Veterans Bloomquist and McDonald will most likely remain as infield options this season; and until Gregorius is ready for the majors, they will likely share SS along with Pennignton. And as if the desert did not already have enough players for this position, prospect Chris Owings and his promising career, cannot be forgotten. It also never hurts to stockpile talent at any position for future trading purposes. While the Diamondbacks seemed to be making mindless changes to their roster over the off-season, it is all starting to make sense. Crowding short stop and gaining versatile Prado, are just pieces of the puzzle that will make the Diamondbacks a strong contender in the NL West. The pain of losing Justin Upton will soon be a distant memory.
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