Ken Kendrick had some interesting things to say this week. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Afternoon Diamondback Rush

Can you believe that the Arizona Diamondbacks are wrapping up the first full week of Spring Training? I can’t because I just got 15 inches of snow dumped on me. Anyway, Bronson Arroyo is now with the team, making for some interesting decisions for the starting rotation which could cause a surplus in the bullpen. In the end, there is a decent pitcher or two that will fall victim to the numbers game. Let’s go around the block to see what other folks are saying about the D’backs.

Jeff Wiser at insidethezona fired up a lot of fans with his views on the Arroyo signing as well as the D’backs’ offseason in general. Jeff used to write here at venomstrikes and has gone on with Ryan Morrison to create a tremendous blog about the D’backs. They use a lot of statistical information which, if you keep an open mind, makes a lot of sense with regards to the franchise. You may not agree with everything Jeff writes about in this particular piece (I don’t) but there is no doubt he makes his point clearly without being condescending. A must-read blog for all Snakes’ fans (after this one, of course).

Fellow FanSider Matt Shelter from fantasycpr has a new post about the shortstop battle between Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. As you might expect, it pertains to fantasy baseball and Matt gives you the necessary statistics to determine who might be the better fantasy player. He makes a recommendation at the end of the post.

Ken Kendrick offered some thoughts to Nick Piecoro at azcentral. He mentioned that even though the team did not land Masahiro Tanaka, it was a very proud moment having competed for him the way they did. Kendrick also teased the possibility of retiring at the end of the season but did not seem to be actively contemplating it. Other people Piecoro spoke to in this article were Arroyo, Derrick Hall and Kevin Towers.

Finally, Tim Brown at yahoo takes a look at the rivalry between Snakes and the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Brown concedes that this one is not the same as Dodgers-Giants, it has some intrigue considering the events of last season. The two teams will be playing each other in less than two weeks and in Australia to start the season.

Thanks for continuing to make our site as your choice for D’back news and views. Happy Friday!

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