GOODYEAR, Ariz. Kirk Gibson cautions not to read too much into spring training lineups and positioning, as he knows from personal experience. One spring, Detroit manager Sparky Anderson played Gibson exclusively in center field. On opening day, Gibson was in right.
So while shortstop Willie Bloomquist led off and left fielder Jason Kubel hit fourth in the Diamondbacks' 8-7 split-squad victory over Cincinnati at Goodyear Ballpark on Sunday, that may not mean too much in the grand scheme of things.
"Privately in my own mind, I have thought about some drastic things, but I'm not going to share that. I'm open to anything," Gibson said of his lineup options.
A few things seem clear, or at least clearish, as the D-backs work toward opening day April 6.
As last season, Justin Upton is the most likely candidate to bat third to open the season, Gibson said. Jason Kubel has impressed and is a strong candidate to fill a production spot in the order. Paul Goldschmidt might hit in the lower...