3.) Figure out what to do at catcher
The Diamondbacks ran a very successful catcher platoon last season with Welington Castillo, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tuffy Gosewisch. The problem is, Saltalamacchia elected free agency and Tuffy Gosewisch doesn’t look like he has the hit tool it takes to be an everyday or platoon player. So that leaves Welington Castillo as the best option for the Diamondbacks. They do have a top catching prospect in Stryker Trahan, but he is still about two or three years away from breaking in to the majors.
So now what? They could go re-sign Saltalamacchia for over his net worth and for more years than he wants, or they could hit the trading block and go for Jonathan Lucroy from Milwaukee.
Lucroy has been reportedly placed on the trading block by Milwaukee and he would be a huge upgrade to what the D’backs had at catcher last season. Lucroy is coming off an injury plagued 2015 where his production fell because of it. He slashed .264/.326/.391, and a down year for him could mean a smaller price than what it would have been. Lucroy is the perfect bounce-back candidate, and putting him in the already very good D’backs lineup would surely get the baseball world to notice them once again.