Saturday, March 29, 2008

'08 RAPs: Arizona Diamondbacks

Last year, the D'Backs won the NL Western division on the backs of a strong starting rotation and bullpen. While, they've been able to strengthen their rotation, they were unable to better their rotation. Also they lost their closer.
-Acquired pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson from the Oakland Athletics for pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez and infielder Chris Carter.
-Acquired pitcher Billy Buckner from the Kansas City Royals for second baseman Alberto Callaspo.
-Acquired pitcher Jose Marte from the Texas Rangers for pitcher Dustin Nippert.
-Acquired pitchers Chad Qualls from Houston for closer Jose Valverde and Juan Gutierrez and utility-man Chris Burke.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Brandon Webb
SP2: Dan Haren
SP3: Doug Davis
SP4: Micah Owings
SP5: Edgar Gonzalez
CL: Brandon Lyon
SUM: Chad Qualls

C: Chris Snyder
1B: Connor Jackson
2B: Orlando Hudson
SS: Stephen Drew
3B: Mark Reynolds/Chad Tracy
LF: Eric Byrnes
CF: Chris Young
RF: Justin Upton

Easiest- The D'Backs will win the division again.
Boldest- Brandon Lyon will have a better ERA and more saves than Jose Valverde.
Team MVP/Best Pitcher- Brandon Webb (17-19 wins, sub-3.45 ERA)
Best Hitter/Breakout Player- Justin Upton (25-30 HRs, 110-120 RBIs, +.300 AVG)

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