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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-10-24


Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-10-24
The Diamondbacks will continue building around top-level starting pitching and a young nucleus of position players. Most of their key players are either under contract or under control, so there may not be much offseason movement.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The team has only one position open, second base, although if it decides to move 3B Mark Reynolds to second, it could look for a third baseman. The D-backs could use a left-handed bat. They will have a hole in the rotation if free agent LHP Randy Johnson leaves, and they do not have a true left-handed bullpen specialist.

FREE AGENTS: 1B Tony Clark, 1B/OF Adam Dunn, 2B/SS David Eckstein, RHP Juan Cruz, 2B Orlando Hudson, LHP Randy Johnson, RHP Brandon Lyon

The D-backs are certain to let Dunn and Hudson test the market and would like Johnson back, but at their price. Clark is a valuable clubhouse presence and could be brought back, depending on other moves. They have talked to Eckstein about returning. Lyon and Cruz may have priced themselves out of the D-backs' range, but there is some sentiment to trying to get both back.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: INF Chris Burke, OF/1B Conor Jackson, LHP Wil Ledezma, INF Augie Ojeda, RHP Chad Qualls, C Chris Snyder

Jackson, Qualls and Snyder will be retained, and if the D-backs follow their usual path, they'll stop short of an arbitration hearing. Ojeda is expected to return. Burke still seems to remain in their plans.

IN LIMBO: 1B Chad Tracy ($4.75 million salary in 2009) could be a trading chip for a second baseman, although he hit well at the end of the season and could stay as he is one of Arizona's few left-handed bats. C Miguel Montero, another left-handed hitter, is well-regarded in baseball circles but is stuck behind Snyder, so he might be available in the right deal.

MEDICAL WATCH:

OF Eric Byrnes (torn left hamstring) had been cleared to run at the end of the season. After taking October off, he plans to return to his rehabilitation program after opting not to have surgery. He expects to be full strength by spring training.

2B Orlando Hudson (left wrist surgery in August 2008) was to have the pins removed from his wrist shortly after the end of the season. He was preparing to begin a rehab program.

RHP Edgar Gonzalez (sore right elbow) missed the final three months of the season while opting to rehabilitate a strained ligament. He will test his elbow in the Mexican winter league.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 24, 2008

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