Found February 22, 2012 on Sports Junkie Online:
2011 Recap
After going an NL West-worst 65-97 in 2010, the Diamondbacks were able to turn it around under manager Kirk Gibson in his first full season at the helm in Arizona, going 94-68 and winning the NL West crown.  The starting rotation was surprisingly strong, as Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49 ERA) both had career years, while Joe Saunders (12-12, 3.58 ERA) was his usual solid self. Offensively, the team was led by RF Justin Upton (.289/.369/.529, 31 HR, 21 SB) and C Miguel Montero (.282/.351/.469, 18 HR, 86 RBI), and also got significant contributions from LF Gerardo Parra (.292, 8 HR, 46 RBI), OF Willie Bloomquist (.266, 20 SB) and 2B/3B Ryan Roberts (19 HR, 18 SB, 86 runs).

New Arrivals
RHP Trevor Cahill (trade w/OAK)
LHP Craig Breslow (trade w/OAK)
RHP Takashi Saito (free agent)
OF Jason Kubel (free agent)
Cahill is likely going to be the #3 starter for Arizona, as he finished last season with a 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA. Breslow will be the lefty specialist for the D-Backs, while Saito is probably looking at a seventh inning role. Kubel will add another solid bat in the outfield for Arizona, as he's averaged over 20 home runs a year since 2008, and could potentially flex over to first base in a pinch.

Prospect to Watch: RHP Trevor Bauer
The #3 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Bauer has three solid-to-plus pitches (4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, curveball), and can run his four-seamer up to 97 mph. He endured quite a heavy workload at UCLA, topping 125 pitches 10 times, so it's entirely possible they keep him limited to around about 150 innings pitched this season. The team is pretty well set for starters, as the addition of Cahill as the likely #3 starter has seemingly solidified their rotation, but Bauer should be no worse than a September call-up, and could easily land a long-relief/spot-starting role by mid-season should there be injuries or struggles.

2012 Outlook
The Diamondbacks have a lot of young talent on the team, and added two significant players this offseason with the additions of Cahill and Kubel. With Stephen Drew returning from a broken ankle that limited him to just 86 games in 2011, as well a solid lineup from top to bottom, Arizona should again contend with the Giants for the NL West pennant.

Drew makes a positive step ... sideways

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew still has a long way to go in his ankle rehab, but he took a nice step Thursday by moving laterally while fielding ground balls. Drew took grounders Monday at Salt River Fields for the first time since fracturing his right ankle last July. In that session, though, he didn't move side to side as he did on Thursday. "...

Young: D-backs' crowded outfield no concern

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the acquisition of Jason Kubel from Minnesota this offseason, the Diamondbacks' outfield situation got a little complicated. Gold Glove winner Gerrardo Parra suddenly appeared out of a starting job. Parra reported to D-backs camp at Salt River Fields on Wednesday and said he's happy the team added Kubel. He offered not even an inkling of a complaint...

Pitching is the easy part for D-backs' Bauer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Stress, Trevor Bauer believes, is defined by your perspective. While many people seek to avoid it, he embraces it. He believes his success as a pitcher depends on his ability to function with it, so he immerses himself in it. His workout routine comes from the please, sir, can I have another? school. Bauers pregame regimen, which includes an hour of stretching...

D-backs brace for tougher competition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When it comes to all the changes that took place in the National League West this offseason, Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson might have put it best. "It's hard not to notice everything," Hudson said. "I think a lot of guys would be lying if they said they didn't pay attention to it at all." While they remain primarily focused...

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bryan Shaw's cutter drawing high comparisons

Shaw throws a cut fastball that some in the Diamondbacks clubhouse liken to that of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Hernandez lets performance speak for itself

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.

Putz a leader by example for D-backs

J.J. Putz has been more than just the linchpin at the back of the D-backs' bullpen. The veteran closer has served as a mentor to some of the younger pitchers, and the example he's set has resonated.

D-backs figuring out plan for Putz

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.

Top pick Bauer easing into first camp

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.

Diamondbacks are here to stay

DeMarco: There is plenty of evidence that the Diamondbacks have set themselves up nicely for a short-term run of success — no matter how much their win total may fall in 2012.

Arizona Diamondbacks Cactus League game to feature live microphones

For the first time in an MLB game telecast, live audio content will air on a brief delay throughout the Cactus League game telecast of the Cleveland Indians at the Diamondbacks on March 7.
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