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In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
It is one thing for a team to fall short of expectations, but it is quite another to fall short of expectations while being teased by flashes of what could have been. That is the exact nightmare scenario the Diamondbacks have set themselves up for after their off-seaso roster overhaul.
Kevin Towers took a lot of heat for his machinations this winter as he traded away Chris Young, Trevor Bauer and Justin Upton in three separate trades, trades in which the consensus was that the Arizona came out on the losing end, all in favor of creating a roster more in the image of his gruff and gritty manager Kirk Gibson. The theory, as best as anyone can tell, is that while the D'Backs roster might not be quite as talente...
BEST OF MAXIM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the 2012 season ended, infielder Eric Chavez knew it was time for his stint with the Yankees to do the same. There were multiple reasons, but chiefly, he wanted to get closer to his home in Scottsdale.
In that sense, there couldn't have been a much better fit than the Diamondbacks, who were interested in signing the veteran of 15 major league seasons...
After a fantastic season in 2011, the 2012 campaign proved to be quite the letdown for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They were middle-of-the-road as far as their offense goes, in nearly every statistical category. Same goes for their pitching, where they hovered around the middle of the league in every category there as well. Which is a pretty good indicator of why they finished right...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The Diamondbacks completely retooled their roster going into the 2013 season, and it ended in exactly the way that GM Kevin Towers imagined: with him and manager Kirk Gibson hoisting...
The star power of this Diamondbacks team is a little different than in years past. Justin Upton and Chris Young are gone. The team is now populated by "grinders" like Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, Willie Bloomquist, Cody Ross, and Adam Eaton. Of course, there are still some remnants of the old guard in Arizona, and I think one of those holdovers is going to make a huge impact...
When scouting, the first instinct is to comp. You fight the urge, knowing every player is an individual, but the desire to quantify the unknown inevitably creeps into your thoughts. Who has a similar body type? A similar swing? Approach? Range and athleticism? Background? Instinctively, you formulate a first impression by answering one question: Who does he remind me of?
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. When it comes to aggressiveness on the bases, the Diamondbacks are not really trying anything new this spring. They are simply trying to do what they like to do better. Running into outs was a problem in 2012, and it goes without saying that D-backs need to improve there to make their somewhat-smaller-ball style work this season.
They understand. Kirk Gibson confronted...
Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Diamondbacks...
Can the Diamondbacks' new-look outfield effectively replace Chris Young & Justin Upton?
This is going to be something to keep an eye on for this Diamondbacks team throughout the entire 2013 campaign. They lost some star power, and quite a bit of power, when they sent Chris Young off to the Oakland...
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.
The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks....
And then there were three. Today's preview series features the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the NL West in 2011, finished .500 in 2012, and moved some pieces going into 2013. It's a completely different team for the Diamondbacks this year, who are going all-in with a roster molded in the image of their manager, Kirk Gibson.
Yesterday was Padres day on TOC, and here&...
The Pirates, bolstering their infield depth, acquired John McDonald from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to a major-league source.
The return for the D-Backs was not immediately known.
The Pirates needed infield help. Chase d'Arnaud had surgery Tuesday after suffering a partially torn thumb ligament. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.
McDonald, 38, was...
Born: September 24, 1974
Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks)
College: Providence College
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
McDonald has made a career as a utility infielder with a very good glove and an exceptionally...
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Justin Upton is one of the most promising young players in baseball, and the Atlanta Braves are hoping he brings the pop he showed in 2011 over with him to his new team. Upton blasted 31 homers and drove in 88 runs with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. That total went down a disappointing 17 homers in 2012, but Upton left little doubt on Thursday...
Justin Upton was 3 for 3 with two homers and six RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a bad start by Kris Medlen in a 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.
Upton hit a two-run homer in the first inning against Rodrigo Lopez, connected for a three-run shot in the third off Colton Murray and had a RBI single in fifth and also drew a walk. Acquired from Arizona in...
Key offseason additions: Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Chris Johnson, Jordan Walden Key offseason departures: Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Tommy Hanson, Michael Bourn The Braves lost the face of their franchise to retirement this offseason. What Chipper Jones meant to the Braves wont be matched by any player that they have brought … Continue reading »