The Arizona Diamondbacks accomplished their first goal at the Winter Meetings acquiring a power bat in Mark Trumbo but they have yet to accomplish their second big off season goal according to G.M Kevin Towers: getting a reliable starting pitcher. Towers said recently that he wouldn’t be surprised if the D’backs add a starter before Spring Training begins. As recently as today, Arizona is considered to be one of the finalists for Bronson Arroyo. Now speculation is brewing in the media about the Snakes potentially being a favorite for free agent starter Ervin Santana.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post who predicted correctly that Ubaldo Jimenez would land with the Blue Jays predicted Santana would go to the Snakes in his most recent column: “I will say Santana goes to Arizona for a three-year, $39 million pact identical to Jimenez’s. The Diamondbacks have been itching to spend all offseason — they made aggressive runs at Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, only to fall short to the Yankees on both — and they very much want to contend after two straight disappointing seasons.”
While the D’backs would like to add a starter, as I have said before Arizona doesn’t need to. Their rotation of Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill, and Randall Delgado with Archie Bradley getting a chance is pretty strong. Santana is young and he has a high upside. He would be a great gamble for the D’backs to stabilize the rotation for a few years before all the talent they have comes up. Santana has great stuff and can provide you 14 to 15 wins a season. The question is do the D’backs want to give him a three year deal especially with all the depth the team already has. Personally, as much as I like Santana’s upside he is tied to draft pick compensation and I wouldn’t give up the future for him considering the D’backs have a solid rotation as is and have depth in the system. To me, if the team wants to acquire another starter Arroyo is the best option.