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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:22 pm
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R.I.P.: 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 94-68, 1st place NL West. Lost to Brewers 3 games to 2 in NLDS
Manager: Kirk Gibson
Best hitter: Justin Upton -- ..289/.369/.529 with 31 HR, 88 RBI, 21 SB
Best pitcher: Ian Kennedy -- 21-4, 222 IP, 33 GS, 2.88 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, 198 SO, 55 BB

2011 SEASON RECAP

Nobody expected much from the Diamondbacks and even when they did surprise by leading the National League West, nobody thought they could hold off the Giants. Not only did they hold off the defending champs, they left them in the dust. The Diamondbacks were ruthless in making decisions early in the season, demoting or just flat-out getting rid of players that didn't produce, like Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, Wade Miley and Russell Branyan. The Diamondbacks won 16 of 18 in late August and early September, while Ian Kennedy became a legitimate Cy Young candidate. The team also discovered it has the makings of a stout rotation with Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter. They even survived the season-ending injury to Stephen Drew, winning despite his absence.

2012 AUDIT

The Diamondbacks are in a pretty good situation. So it seems they have some good, young talent that's not going to cost too much -- something that's very important to the Diamondbacks' front office. The team that they have should only get better and develop. There are small spots to fill, but nothing huge. And with Stephen Drew coming back, the team should be even better than they were in the playoffs.

FREE AGENTS

RHP Jason Marquis
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Aaron Hill ($8 team option)
LHP Zach Duke ($5.5 team option)
OF Xavier Nady
SS John McDonald
C Henry Blanco ($1.5 mutual option)UTIL Willie Boomquist ($1.1 mutual option)

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Remember last offseason when the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Justin Upton? Don't do that.
  • Hill was acquired in a change-of-scenry trade with the Blue Jays in August and it seemed to work for both teams. Hill played well for the Diamondbacks -- but not $8 million well. The team should decline his option, but see if he'd entertain an offer for less. The other side of that trade, Kelly Johnson, talked about returning at a discounted price. If Hill's not interested in coming back on the cheap, Johnson may be.
  • The team could upgrade in left field, but that's not a pressing need. And even if it were, there's not a lot of money to spend on the likes of Josh Willingham. There should be enough on the non-tender scrap pile to bring in competition for the spring and push Gerardo Parra.
  • There's a lot of talk about the White Sox trying to trade Carlos Quentin -- at least listen and see how desperate they are to get rid of him. If they take the bulk of his contract, he wouldn't be a bad fit to put in left.
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Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 4:06 pm
 

On Deck: Watching the Wests

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By Matt Snyder

With four day games and only five night games, the pickings are slim for On Deck. Fortunately, we have three pretty important evening games, thanks to some of the teams out West. Follow all the action live on CBSSports.com's scoreboard and keep up with the standings that update at the conclusion of every game.

Texas heat: The Angels are idle Thursday, but breathing down the neck of the Rangers again, as they've won six in a row while the Rangers have dropped two straight. The Texas lead is 2 1/2 games, while the Angels visit for a pivotal three-game series beginning Friday. Should the Rangers lose Thursday night against the Red Sox, they'd be in danger of losing the division lead during the Angels' series. All-Star Alexi Ogando (12-5, 3.30) will start for the Rangers and square off against Andrew Miller (5-1, 4.99) of the Red Sox. Ogando has faltered a bit of late, with a 5.19 ERA in his last six starts, though he was good last time out. Still, the Red Sox offense in a hitter's park is a tall order. The Rangers bats better be ready to answer the call. The Red Sox have work to do themselves, as they entered Thursday with a one-game lead in the AL East. Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET.

Snakes in D.C.: The surprising Diamondbacks are sitting atop the NL West with a two-game lead -- despite a recent six-game losing streak -- but have the defending champs hot on their heels, so every game at this point is big for Kirk Gibson's crew. Thursday night won't be easy against the Nationals, who, by the way, are in third place in the NL East. John Lannan (8-9, 3.61) takes the hill for Washington, and he's 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in his career against Arizona. The D-Backs, meanwhile, send Wade Miley (0-1, 11.25) to the mound. He only has one career start, a four-inning, five-runs-allowed loss this past Saturday against the Braves. Diamondbacks at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET.

Giant opportunity: If the D-Backs do lose to the Nats, the Giants should move to within one game. They're taking on the Astros, who have lost four in a row and have the worst record in the majors. Further on the side of the Giants, All-Star Ryan Vogelsong (10-3, 2.47) takes the hill, and he's had great success at home (1.82 ERA in 74 1/3 innings). Meanwhile, the Astros hand the ball to Henry Sosa (0-2, 6.35). He's going on three-days' rest, as the Astros are going to activate J.A. Happ from the disabled list Friday. Astros at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:24 am
 

On Deck: Miley debuts, Wakefield tries for 200

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


Follow all games live with CBSSports.com's GameTracker.

MileyTime to debut: Fortunately for Arizona, the Giants have dropped two in a row, so the three-game losing streak the Diamondbacks are on hasn't hurt too much. Still, it's not helping, and rookie Wade Miley will be assigned with a tall task in his debut: defeat Atlanta and Brandon Beachy. The 24-year-old Miley was snagged in the compensation section of the first round back in 2009 and is making his career debut after splitting the season with Double- and Triple-A. Cumulatively, Miley posted a 4.30 ERA in 22 starts, punching out 102 and walking 44. Diamondbacks vs. Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

WakefieldPaulinoStill chasing 200: For those counting, this will be the fifth start for Tim Wakefield in his pursuit of his 200th victory. Wakefield has actually pitched rather strongly over these outings, but nothing's broken his way. While 200 will be on many a person's mind on Saturday, Wakefield has more important things to worry about, such as winning the game. Boston is an half-game behind the Yankees for the division and with New York beating up on Minnesota, the Red Sox need to do the same to the Royals, who will offer up Felipe Paulino. Paulino left Houston an erratic starter for Colorado where he was converted to relief with poor results. The Royals picked him up off the scrap heap, and he's delivered with a 3.76 ERA in 13 starts and one relief apearance. Red Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. ET

TexasWhite SoxPulling away: The Rangers, fresh off taking 3 of 4 from the Angels, beat Chicago in the series opener on Friday. Chicago is suddenly five games behind first place, losers of three straight, after threatening to move into second place and give Detroit a run for their money mere days ago. Texas, meanwhile, would love to continue driving a stake through the heart of the Angels by keeping up their winning ways while Los Angeles battles the Orioles. John Danks will go up against Alexi Ogando in an intriguing matchup. Rangers vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

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