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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2009-01-29

Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Report 2009-01-29
The Diamondbacks will continue building around their top starting pitching and a young nucleus of position players. Most of their key players are either under contract or under control, so there has not been much major offseason movement.

ARRIVALS: C James Skelton (Rule 5 selection from Tigers), 2B Felipe Lopez (free agent from Cardinals), LHP Scott Schoeneweis (trade with Mets).

DEPARTURES: LHP Randy Johnson (free agent, signed with Giants), 2B/SS David Eckstein (free agent, signed with Padres), RHP Brandon Lyon (free agent, signed with Tigers).

FREE AGENTS: 1B/OF Adam Dunn, RHP Juan Cruz, 2B Orlando Hudson.

The D-backs did not offer arbitration to Dunn or LHP Randy Johnson, both Type A free agents, fearing if either or accepted it would blow their 2009 budget, which stands at about $70-72 million. Johnson then signed with San Francisco. They offered arbitration to Hudson (Type A) and Cruz (Type A).


If the D-backs follow their usual path, they will stop short of an arbitration hearing.


OF Eric Byrnes (torn right hamstring) was working out at Chase Field in December after being cleared to run. He opted against surgery to repair a small tear and expects to be full strength by spring training.

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Added: January 29, 2009

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