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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-11-03

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-11-03
The Diamondbacks entered the offseason with a hole at second base caused by the impending departure of free agent Orlando Hudson, whose likely $10 million-a-year price tag is too rich for their blood.

While the D-backs are more likely to trade for a replacement than enter the free agent market, they have talked about filling from within by shifting third baseman Mark Reynolds to second.

That move that would also enable them to consider trade candidates at third base, and also would create playing time for first baseman/third baseman Chad Tracy, one of their few left-handed batters, in the event the right knee problems that affected him most of 2008 are a thing of the past.

Reynolds, who spent his college career and most of his early minor league career in the middle infield, said he is ready and willing.

"I'm definitely open to is," Reynolds said. "I love second base. I've been a middle infielder my whole life. It's more comfortable for me. Third base is more of a reaction position. At second base, you can see where the catcher set up, and you know what pitch is coming a little more often. You are almost in the game more at second base."

Reynolds led the D-backs with 28 homers and 97 RBIs while hitting .239, and he would give the D-backs a power source at second comparable to the best in baseball. Only Philadelphia's Chase Utley (33) and Florida's Dan Uggla (32) had more homers among major league second basemen in 2008.

Reynolds' switch to second also might help their defense -- he committed a major league-high 34 errors last season, 33 at third base and one at first in his one game there.

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Added: November 3, 2008

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