The Arizona Diamondbacks are just one team in the NL West that has looked to improve itself in the off-season. All the others have made moves to try to do the same. Even after winning the division, there is always room for improvement. Here is a look at the biggest additions and losses for each NL West team through this weekend. I would suspect that some teams, even the Dbacks, are not done making moves yet. We shall see.
Cahill should replace Saunders in the rotation nicely. Saunders will be missed, but not at his asking price and I believe Cahill brings a little more consistency to the rotation. Parker is a loss however sometimes in order to go forward you have to part with some of your best pieces. The jury is still out on Kubel.
I like the pickup of Cuddyer for the Rockies. I see him hitting well and often. Casey Blake is also another pickup for them and gives them another great veteran presence in the infield.
The Dodgers didn’t make huge splashes in free agency, but then again, they picked up a nice group of players that should contribute immediately. Harang regrouped with the Padres last season after a sub-par 2010 season with the Cincinnati Reds. I like the pickup of Ellis.
I still think the Padres lost more than they gained. Bell is better than Street, but that’s just one man’s opinion. Latos is a huge loss though in my opinion. I believe he is a better pitcher than Volquez. Quentin is their wild-card. The former Dback who turned things around in Chicago tailed off a bit last season. Maybe another move will re-vitalize him.
They have a lot of money tied up in Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand, who is no longer with the team. They are going to have to pay a lot to Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, so they were not able to make many additions. Cabrera hit .305 with the Kansas City Royals last season, so he should be a nice pickup for the Giants offense.
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