When pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields this upcoming week, the Diamondbacks’ offseason will draw to an ostensible close. But given how inactive the market was for most of the winter, it stands to reason that more moves could be coming. For now, though, let’s review what went down over the past several months. Here’s what we think is worth remembering from an offseason that was more talk than action. Zack Greinke is back This was always the most likely outcome for a player with four years and $126.5 million remaining on his contract, but there was a moment during the winter meetings in December when it seemed like it might be possible. The Diamondbacks talked to at least three teams about Greinke, including the Texas Rangers, but ultimately decided to keep him. They would have loved to have shed the money, but at a time when they’re looking to contend, Greinke means too much to their pitching staff. They also got several hits from rival clubs on left-hander Patrick Corbin but decided to keep him, as well. No major acquisition Of course, this could still change, but as it stands, the Diamondbacks have not made any headline-grabbing moves. They were connected to Orioles star Manny Machado for weeks, but it was hard to tell if that was the team doing due diligence or if they were actually close to landing him. They were also repeatedly mentioned as a possible landing spot for departing free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez, another connection that seemed harder to believe the deeper the Diamondbacks went into the offseason. Not only is their payroll already some $15 million-$17 million north of last year’s, but the Diamondbacks, one, still have Greinke on the books; two, have Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock coming up as free agents in the next two years; and three, don’t have a designated-hitter spot to fall back on for the later years of a potential deal with Martinez. Of course if, for whatever reason, Martinez wants a short-term deal, then that changes the equation.
Catching up on Diamondbacks’ offseason moves
Arizona Central | Feb 11