From Failure to Fall Classic: Who’s on deck?

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Arizona Diamondbacks

Given Arizona’s upgrades this offseason, they are the most obvious choice as team who could improve dramatically this year. Coming off a middling 79-win year in 2015, Dave Stewart, Tony La Russa and company wasted no time in signing prized free agent Zack Greinke to the largest contract in baseball history in terms of annual value. A couple weeks later they were at it again, this time trading for Shelby Miller. The Snakes are excited to have Patrick Corbin back for a full season as he is now nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery. Robbie Ray, Chase Anderson, Archie Bradley, Rubby De La Rosa and Josh Collmenter all will compete for innings in one of the deepest rotations in baseball.

The offense will once again be led by the immense talents of Paul Goldschmidt, while A.J. Pollock is fresh off a breakout campaign and will continue create havoc for teams at the top of the lineup. Yasmany Tomas is a wild card for the D’backs and will be counted on to live up to some of his early 2015 hype and provide depth to the lineup. Youngsters Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed received their first extended action in the majors last year and will be looked to provide solid defense and lineup flexibility.

The National League West turned into an arms race this offseason as the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Diamondbacks all were big spenders in free agency. Given the Diamondbacks improvements, especially in the pitching department, anything less than a deep run in the playoffs will be a disappointment.

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