Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/26/12
The National League West has never been afraid to reinvent itself, and it has done it again this winter, although maybe not with the cachet of seasons past. San Franciscos 1993 stealth signing of free agent Barry Bonds who knew the draw of his fathers favorite stop would be such a selling point? changed the course of the division for more than a decade. Free agent Larry Walkers addition in 1995 helped Colorado become the fastest expansion team to the playoffs, until the Diamondbacks after adding free agents Randy Johnson, Steve Finley and others made it even more quickly in 1999. Trades have been part of the makeover. Kevin Brown, acquired in Floridas post-World Series sell-off in the winter of 1997, got San Diego to its only World Series the next year, when closer Trevor Hoffman another acquisition from the Marlins a few years earlier put together a Cy Young-worthy season. Some still say he was robbed. Curt Schilling, acquired in a seven-player trade from Philadelphia in 2000, added a second ace to the Arizona rotation that won the World Series in 2001, when he and Johnson were named co-MVPs. San Diego landed Adrian Gonzalez in another trade coup in 2006, and Manny Ramirezs bat pushed Los Angeles into the playoffs in 2008 after his acquisition at the trade deadline. The Dodgers might have pulled off the best trade of the decade when they sent Milton Bradley to Oakland for a minor-league outfielder named Andre Ethier. And so it goes. None of the divisions additions this winter may have as dramatic effect Bonds, Johnson et al. It will play itself out. But there have been some qualitygets in a division that prides itself on its competitiveness. Four teams have won the division in the last six years, and the one that did not Colorado made the 2007 World Series as a wild card. All five division teams have won at least 90 games once in the last three seasons.Click here to see our starting lineup of nine newcomers poised to make an immediate impact.Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Five most anticipated September MLB call-ups
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

Minnesota Wild names Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ official goal song

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Recruit decommits from Michigan after mail mistake

Dez Bryant reportedly suffers concussion at practice

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kobe Bryant to be honored with his own day in LA on 8/24

Colts sign Antonio Cromartie

Connor McDavid: 'I’m not some 18-year-old kid anymore'

Aguayo seeks out mental coach after missing kicks

Josh Norman unloads on Goodell: He is 'straight horrible'

Siemian named Broncos starter for third preseason game

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

Washington's Josh Norman speaks candidly about multiple NFL talking points

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

Ranking the MLB divisional races

Inside the Pokemon World Championships, where masters are born

NFL players under most pressure in preseason Week 3

Tre Mason's mother: RB is like '10-year-old' due to head injuries

What we learned from this year's baffling SummerSlam event

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

QUIZ: Name every player to win a championship with Kobe Bryant

Inside the Pokemon World Championships, where masters are born

What we learned from this year's baffling SummerSlam event

Football Down Under: Looking back at college football overseas

31 memories from the XXXI Olympiad

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker