Diamondbacks Spent Big, but They Did It the Right Way

Investing big money long-term in the offseason to players outside your organization isn’t usually the way to win, especially if that’s how you are building your team. However, it is possible to spend big in the offseason and have it translate to on-field success.

See the Arizona Diamondbacks.

They have a young nucleus in players such as Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed, and David Peralta, which is a strong group to build around.

However, going into the offseason, they needed a lot of help, with the starting rotation being the main weakness.

So they signed Zack Greinke to a six-year mega-deal and acquired Shelby Miller in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Did the Diamondbacks give up a premium to add both players? Absolutely. But they were moves they had to make.

Having such a solid group of hitters gives the Diamondbacks a window to “win now” and general manager Dave Stewart knew that.

More recently, the D-Backs added Tyler Clippard on a two-year deal and paired him with closer Brad Ziegler to form a solid, proven back-end of the bullpen that will only make the team stronger.

What the Diamondbacks are doing is smart: They built a strong core of young players and are adding to it to win now with those players.

Sure, they are putting a lot of pressure on themselves to win now. But it’s a gamble they had to take.

How it pans out remains to be seen. But they are much better equipped to win now rather than the previous big offseason spenders.

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  1. Chris Mallon

    Still not quite sure who’s playing RF for this team.Only player I see is Yasmany Tomas.Pollock is the unquestioned CF & Peralta is more of a LF that a RF;Goldschmidt is the face of the franchise & the 1B.It seems like Jack Lamb is apparently going to get a shot at the 3B job with Ahmed,Owings & Segura playing 2B & SS.Tomas has a very team-friendly contract where he’s locked in until 2021 so I don’t know which direction they go if he doesn’t work out,if he is in fact their choice.They may miss Ender Inciarte.Behind the plate is Wellington Castillo & Tuffy Gosewich.Too many question marks for me to trust this team.


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