Offseason Plan: Arizona Diamond Backs

While the D’Backs look like they are going to make it to the postseason this year, you don’t know about next year. The Dodgers look like they’ll be big spenders in the offseason, but they also have many holes ot fill. The D’Backs, however, don’t. If you look at our Offseason Needs post, you’ll find out they only have three: second base, reliever, and starter. If they retain Randy Johnson, which I think the will, that sloidifies the rotation. The need to add a reliever or resign either Jaun Cruz or Brandon Lyon, most likely Cruz. They will have a hole at second base with Orlando Hudson reaching free agency. It is unlikely they will be able to afford him, but they need to sign a different in free agency. Mark Grudzielanek or Ray Durham make a lot of sense here. This team obviously won’t resign Adam Dunn, because he is looking for 100 million. They don’t need him, though, because they have Eric Byrnes returning from injury. The team has a solid trade chip in Chad Tracy. They don’t have a spot for him when Byrnes gets back. They could move him for a bullpen piece. I know this doesn’t help them for next year, but the D’Backs are going to have a draft bonanza next year when Dunn, Hudson, Lyon, and possibly Cruz all walk. This is a team that can stay pretty much the same as it was last year. It more depends on what kind of signings the Dodgers make witch will depend on who wins this division.

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