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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five story lines from spring training

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Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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What kind of offense will come from catchers?

After the Diamondbacks had allowed Welington Castillo to walk in the off-season, general manager Mike Hazen settled on two veteran catchers long on defense, short on offense and easy on the pocket book.

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Following Castillo’s departure, Jeff Mathis was signed a two-year, $4 million dollar contract and Chris Iannetta signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million.

For his 12 years in the majors, Mathis has a career .197 batting average and Iannetta, for his 10 years in The Show, sports a .229 career batting average.

So far in spring training, both have hit well. Coming into Thursday’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers, Iannetta was hitting .385 (5-for-13) and Mathis was hitting .533 (8-for-15).

Once the bell rings, neither is expected to hit anywhere their spring numbers.

That clearly raises a red flag on offense. While both Mathis and Iannetta arrive in the desert with a strong glove and a reputation for commanding a pitching staff, the Diamondbacks would be hard press not to construct a line-up with weak bats behind the plate.

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With just over two weeks remaining in camp, manager Torey Lovullo told Venom Strikes he has not decided on playing time for Mathis, Iannetta, and Chris Herrmann, who is projected as the Diamondbacks top utility player for the season.

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