The Arizona Diamondbacks added Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller which is an improvement by itself. The losses suffered by NL West rivals will help the Diamondbacks as much as their own additions.
Although the off-season is far from over and there are still quite a few good pitchers hanging around to be signed, the Arizona Diamondbacks have already addressed their biggest need in the most drastic way possible.
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Many pundits out there are pointing out the signings of Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto by the Giants as making them favorites to win the World Series. Yes, the Giants have a good rotation (as if they ever didn’t – they are very good at managing pitchers and evaluating them). Yes, the Giants are a perennial playoff contender. These are true statements, but the thing being missed is the level of improvement the Diamondbacks added in comparison.
In this article, I am simply comparing starting rotations in mid-December. I am not addressing bullpens or lineups. If you compare the rotations of all National League West teams, the Diamondbacks have the best one.
Let’s take a quick look at the additions and subtractions for each of the NL West teams.
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