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Arizona Diamondbacks Third Base Deserves A Look

By Scott Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks will not tinker much with the roster, supposedly, as they prepare for the 2012 season.  One of the most talked about positions around the water coolers and airwaves this week has been that of the third base position.  The position was manned by Ryan Roberts most of the season.  Geoff Blum got some looks when he was healthy.  The prevailing thought is Roberts is not an everyday guy.  While I’m not against exploring someone like David Wright for the position, I think if they found no one else, the Dbacks would survive with Roberts at the position.

To be honest, it kind of surprised me as soon as the season ended the first person everyone was calling to replace, was third base.  Roberts, who did not play every game, still had 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 143 games.  That’s better than the 8 home runs and 46 RBI Gerardo Parra had in 141 games.  No one is talking about replacing him.

Now, to be fair, no one is asking for Roberts to be removed from the roster, just as an everyday player.  I’m sorry, a guy like Roberts needs to play everyday.  I don’t have a problem going out and looking for another big bat, however at who’s expense?  It does however seem like the most likely position to explore that big bat, so in the end Roberts could be the odd man out.  I just think people should give him more consideration.