Dbacks Not Only NL West Team Making Big Moves in Off-Season


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.

Arizona Diamondbacks:

Additions: Trevor Cahill, Craig Breslow, Jason Kubel

Losses: Joe Saunders, Jarrod Parker

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.

Colorado Rockies:

Additions: Michael Cuddyer, Casey Blake, Ramon Hernandez, Tyler Colvin

Losses:  Aaron Cook, Huston Street

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.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Additions: Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Jerry Hairston, Adam Kennedy, Mark Ellis

Losses: Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland

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.

San Diego Padres:

Additions: Huston Street, Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez

Losses: Heath Bell, Mat Latos

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.

San Francisco Giants:

Additions: Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan

Losses: Cody Ross, Carlos Beltran, Andres Torres, Pat Burrell, Jonathan Sanchez

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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