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Joe Saunders had two words for his offseason. Weird. Crazy.They seem as good as any. Saunders was a Diamondback. Then he was not. Then he was again, becoming the final piece in a starting rotation that appears as solid as any in the pitching-rich National League West.
The experience of being temporarily on the job market made him stronger mentally and physically -- and maybe even a little bit sexier.
My wife said my butt has gotten a little bit smaller, Saunders said with a smile, the result of all the extra work he has done to prepare for this season and beyond.
Even before Saunders spent two months in limbo, he was a regular at the D-backs' training facility at Salt River Fields, with help and encouragement from strength and conditioning coach Nate Shaw.
Not only is it a big year for me, but it is a big year for the team. I wanted to come up here and see what I could do for myself. I feel like Im in the best shape Ive ever been in heading into a spring training, said Saun...
BEST OF MAXIM
Saunders might not have received maximum value or security when he signed a surprise one-year, $6 million deal last month. But the way he sees it, some things are more important.
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PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibsons offseason letter to his players came with a warning.
I told them if they werent in shape, theyd have a tough spring," Gibson said when camp opened Sunday.
Dont get Gibson and the Diamondbacks wrong -- they are proud of their success last year, and they believe the reservoir of confidence gained will help moving forward. But make no mistake: Reaching...
J.J. Putz's job description with the Diamondbacks isn't limited to the ninth inning. He's also the team prankster, mentor, occasional spokesperson and clubhouse uniter.
Though he somewhat flew under the radar, reliever David Hernandez was a key part of the unexpected success the D-backs had last year en route to winning 94 games and the National League West.
In addition to monitoring the workload of reliever Takashi Saito, the D-backs plan to take it easy on closer J.J. Putz this spring.
Notes: Perhaps none bigger than the two-year, $15.5 million deal given to free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel, who likely will replace Gerardo Parra as the primary left fielder.
There were not a lot of nerves for D-backs No. 1 pick Trevor Bauer as he threw his first bullpen session of the spring Tuesday.
D-backs GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson are well aware of the perception that the starting rotation is already set, and they will do the best they can to not let it permeate the clubhouse.