What moves do you expect the D-backs to make this offseason? Maybe David Wright for third base? Additional pitching? -- Kyle R., Phoenix
I don't see the D-backs going after Wright or investing heavily in pitching. Their priority will likely be determined by what happens with Aaron Hill, if they are able to re-sign the second baseman at what they consider a reasonable price. But that might be it for them, with Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald already re-signed.
If they are not able to get Hill re-signed, look for them to possibly switch Ryan Roberts over to second and then be in the market for a third baseman. I don't see them giving up the players to get Wright or spending the money it would take. As for pitching, see the answer to the next question.
Are we going to make some deals to get a few more pitchers? What about the status of Joe Saunders -- is he coming back? -- Tony H., Tempe, Ariz.
If the D-backs do add a pitcher, I would expect it to be a left-handed specialist to go along with Joe Paterson. And it could come in the Rule 5 Draft, just like Paterson did a year ago. As for the starting rotation, they feel they are set with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter and a host of young up-and-coming pitchers.
That brings me to Saunders, and he could wind up being a difficult call. Do they spend $7 million or so to retain him? Do they non-tender him? Do they trade him? They have to decide if they want the veteran presence and innings-eating ability he provides or if they want to attempt to deal him because they've got plenty of young pitchers coming up.
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Jarrod Parker, Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer, Charles Brewer, Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley and Barry Enright are all pitchers who could compete for spots on the staff next spring. That's a large group to choose from for one or two spots, so the D-backs may decide to spend that $7 million in a different spot.
Bullpen-wise, maybe they will add an arm -- general manager Kevin Towers loves to find undervalued relievers. Otherwise, I think they feel pretty good about the group they have down there. I don't see them going to arbitration with right-hander Micah Owings, but they could try to sign him at a lower price.
Do you think that Jerry Dipoto will take a lot of front-office people with him to the Angels? -- Kris H., Phoenix
From what I understand, I think there will be some people who go with Dipoto. But he and Towers have an understanding that it is not going to be a massive departure or that certain key people will be off limits. I don't anticipate there being a problem.