Buster Olney talks to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic about the Diamondbacks' offseason, the pieces that must fall into place for the team to be competitive and more.
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Diamondbacks done dealing?
After a busy offseason, Arizona GM Dave Stewart says the team doesn't have any other big moves on the horizon. MLB rumors roundup
Strikeout mark in reach for four
While no active pitchers are likely to reach 3,000 strikeouts this year, a handful should get to 2,000. Justin Verlander (needs 57), Cole Hamels (78) and Zack Greinke (113) are all close, while Clayton Kershaw (254) will get there with another dominant season. Simon: Milestones to watch in 2016
D-backs need Tomas to produce
If Arizona is going to prevail in what should be a really competitive NL West, Yasmany Tomas will need to take advantage of his opportunity in the outfield and generate runs, Buster Olney writes. Linchpin players for 2016 (Insider)
Diamondbacks would benefit from DH
Wanting to give Yasmany Tomas regular at-bats in 2016, Arizona plans to utilize the slugger in right field. If the team had the option to use a designated hitter, however, Tomas could play there and maybe Ender Inciarte wouldn't have been traded. DH candidates for NL teams
Keith Law analyzes Saturday's five-player trade -- highlighted by Jean Segura heading from Milwaukee to Arizona -- and sees the Brewers as the winner.
The Diamondbacks have added some offense to their lineup, acquiring Jean Segura from the Brewers in a five-player deal that sent Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill and Isan Diaz to Milwaukee.
Howie Kendrick's best talent has always been the hit tool. But the price a team would have to pay to sign him would not be worth it.
How much could A.J. Pollock get paid?
Pollock plays a strong game on both sides of the ball and is a few years away from free agency. Jim Bowden notes that the D-backs did inquire about a long-term contract with Pollock but tabled negotiation talks after hearing his asking price. Players who deserve extensions (Insider)
D-backs looking to trade Hill?
Arizona is reportedly shopping Aaron Hill but moving the veteran infielder figures to be difficult. MLB rumors roundup
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.
Dynamic stuff for D-backs duo
With Shelby Miller's high-velocity fastball and Patrick Corbin's wipeout slider, Arizona has two of the best pitches in baseball among starters in its rotation. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)
Is Kendrick still on the D-backs radar?
Arizona is reportedly active in trade talks to move one of its second basemen. Could the team be pushing to make a deal in order to make room for free agent Howie Kendrick? MLB rumors roundup
D-backs, Pollock close to a deal?
Multiyear extension talks between Arizona and OF A.J. Pollock might be off the table, but the team still needs to sign the 28-year-old to a one-year contract in order to avoid arbitration. That deal might be coming soon. MLB rumors roundup
Can Zack Greinke match last year's success? How will Corey Seager fare in his first full season in the majors? A look at 10 intriguing NL West players.
Diamondbacks just miss the cut
Despite improving greatly with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller this winter, Arizona falls short of making Buster Olney's list. Top 10 teams (Insider)
D-backs could use another tweak
Despite a busy offseason so far, Arizona has a few needs that could still be addressed, Jim Bowden writes. Howie Kendrick would be a great fit at second, but the team is hesitant to give up a draft pick for him. Fits for free agents (Insider)
Buster Olney continues his team unit rankings series with the top defenses -- it was a close battle for No. 1 -- has thoughts on Justin Upton and more.
Report: Pollock extension talks tabled
The D-backs are no longer trying to work out a multiyear deal for OF A.J. Pollock, GM Dave Stewart tells the Arizona Republic. Pollock remains unsigned for the 2016 season after not reaching a new deal before Friday's arbitration deadline. MLB rumors roundup
Davis deal one of biggest from offseason
Chris Davis' $161 million contract with Baltimore is the largest in franchise history. Davis' deal checks in as the fourth richest from the offseason, while David Price's seven-year, $217 million contract still towers at the top.
D-backs avoid arbitration with six
Arizona announced one-year deals with Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin, Welington Castillo, Randall Delgado, Daniel Hudson and Rubby De La Rosa. The only player not to agree to a new contract is A.J. Pollock, who will go to arbitration with the team next month if a deal isn't reached.
Eric Karabell analyzes the Zack Greinke signing, with no fantasy value lost in his move to Arizona.