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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-11-21


Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2008-11-21
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, RHP Juan Cruz, 1B/OF Adam Dunn, 2B/SS David Eckstein, 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, RHP Edgar Gonzalez, C Robby Hammock, 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: OF Eric Byrnes is due $22 million over the next two seasons and has a complete no-trade clause, but the emergence of 1B/OF Conor Jackson as a capable left fielder in the second half of 2008 could make Byrnes expendable, if the D-backs can find a taker and if Byrnes is willing to move. 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 since he is one of their 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) worked out at Chase Field in October after being cleared to run. He opted against surgery and expects to be full strength by spring training.

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


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 21, 2008

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