Diamondbacks at $100 Million: Celebrate or Skeptical?

By Thomas Lynch

Kevin Towers has indicated the 2014 payroll may exceed $100 million dollars. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks may do something they haven’t done in over ten years. According to a report by Nick Piecoro  at azcentral.com, the 2014 payroll may top the $100 million dollar mark, a number not visited since 2002. Even though 13 teams exceeded that amount in 2013, it nevertheless is a big step forward for an organization trying to win over a jaded fan base. The questions is, should we celebrate this milestone or is this just smoke and mirrors?

The 2013 edition was close to $90 million dollars and with a $5.5 million dollar increase for Aaron Hill and a $7 million dollar increase for Martin Prado, the magic number should not be difficult to reach. In addition, unless no big trades are made, the roster is pretty much set at each position. However, considering there were five outfielders on the roster for most of last season, it is possible the D-Backs go after one in free agency. I am also sure that at least one arm will be added for the bullpen. Any infield depth or boosts to the starting rotation will probably come from within the Minor League system and/or bringing back Willie Bloomquist.

What do you think? Is this legitimate attempt to get fans excited that the team is spending money? Or does the headline of $100 million dollars just an illusion considering 2013’s number was only slightly less than that figure?

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