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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30

Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--C Miguel Montero is playing winter ball in his native Venezuela, as usual, after attempts to add him to the Arizona Fall League failed because he could not be guaranteed enough playing time. The Diamondbacks have talked about experimenting with Montero at third base next season in order to get his bat in the lineup, as he is one of their few left-handed hitters. Montero has expressed a preference to stay behind the plate exclusively, however, saying, "I don't want to lose my value as a catcher."

--The D-backs' coaching staff will return intact for 2009 -- bench coach Kirk Gibson, pitching coach Bryan Price, hitting coach Rick Schu, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Lee Tinsley and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock. Price signed a one-year deal to stay a fourth season with manager Bob Melvin after his one-year contract with two options expired after 2008. Hale already was under contract for 2009. Sherlock has been with the D-backs since their inception.

--RHP Max Scherzer struck out 18 in his first three starts in the Arizona Fall League, leading the league through the first two weeks of the season. He is accumulating the innings he lost when he missed four weeks in July because of a sore right shoulder. Scherzer is expected to join the starting rotation next season, even if LHP Randy Johnson returns.

--D-backs director of player personnel Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Peter Woodfork interviewed for the Seattle general manager position. Dipoto had two interviews and was among the four finalists for the job before the Mariners hired Jack Zduriencik. Woodfork, who also received feelers from St. Louis and Pittsburgh the previous year, withdrew from consideration after the first round of interviews.

--1B/3B Jamie D'Antona had successful knee surgery after the season and is expected to be 100 percent for spring training, where he will compete for a position as a backup corner infielder/pinch hitter. A right-handed hitter, D'Antonoa was 3-for-16 as a pinch hitter in limited duty with the D-backs last season after hitting .365 with 35 doubles, 21 homers and 79 RBIs in 419 at-bats for Class AAA Tucson.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1,287 -- Strikeouts by Arizona hitters in 2008, a franchise record and second to Florida in the major leagues.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're going to do some things in spring training to address the (strikeout) issue. Guys had a propensity to strike out, and a lot of times they were lined up next to each other." -- Manager Bob Melvin, whose team set a franchise record with 1,287 strikeouts.

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