Now that J.D. Martinez is (almost) officially headed to the Boston Red Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks can move on with an offseason that still feels incomplete.
It feels like an inactive offseason for Arizona because the results haven’t been there in terms of completed deals. They haven’t made a significant trade or signing. Martinez isn’t coming back. Rumored deals with the Yankees didn’t happen; connections to Manny Machado didn’t turn into a trade. The rest of the National League contenders made offseason headlines around additions. The D-backs’ headlines are about what they didn’t do.
The D-backs have still made quality moves. They signed Alex Avila to a two-year, $8.25-million deal. They signed Jarrod Dyson to a two-year deal. They picked up late-inning relievers in Brad Boxberger and Yoshihisa Hirano while also adding a handful of non-roster invitees to compete for spots just as they did last year.
Avila is coming off a 2.7-WAR season with a .387 OBP which will fit well in the lineup as a complement to catching mate Jeff Mathis. Dyson is a fine fourth outfielder who can change the game on the bases and in the outfield. His ability to play all three spots will be key. Boxberger and Hirano have experience closing games which would allow Archie Bradley to stay in the same 7th- and 8th-inning role he filled last year.
Those are key moves, even if they don’t stack up on paper to what the competition did.
A look around the National League shows contenders making significant moves to improve. The Brewers signed Lorenzo Cain and traded for Christian Yelich. The Rockies picked up Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and brought Jake McGee back. The Cubs signed Brandon Morrow, Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood. The Cardinals traded for Marcell Ozuna. The Giants acquired Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. The Dodgers stood pat, but they also won 104 games last year and won the division by 11 games.
The D-backs have added a backup outfielder, part-time catcher and two relievers who will combine to make less than $5 million in 2018.
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