Arizona Diamondbacks going all in for 2016

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Updated: December 9, 2015
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It’s beyond clear that the most aggressive team so far this offseason has been the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ve already been able to add pitchers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to a rotation that needed significant balance. Their lineup doesn’t need much at this point, but as active as they’ve been, the Diamondbacks may be far from done.

We all know what Greinke brings to the table. At the age of 32, he is still a very dominant presence on the mound, and simply put, he deserves every bit of his six-year, $206.5 million contract. But Miller, who is only 25 years old, has a tremendous amount of potential and is already consistent on the mound. He doesn’t give up a ton of runs, as he finished last season with an ERA of 3.02. His record from last season could cause some doubt, finishing 6-17, but considering how much run support he was working with in Atlanta, that stat is basically insignificant.

So much criticism will surround the Miller trade. Honestly, they gave up a lot to attain him, which shows they’re in it to win it next season. They gave up their 2015 No. 1 pick (shortstop Dansby Swanson), 2013 first-round draft pick Aaron Blair and a talented and energetic outfielder in Ender Inciarte — which sounds almost insane. But, Miller is indeed a solid No. 2 starter to follow up Greinke.

The Diamondbacks could be very good in 2016. The National League West has been shaken up in the last few days. Although the D’backs may have overspent to lure in Greinke ($34.4 million per year), that doesn’t really matter, because the additions of both Greinke and Miller makes this struggling D’backs team noticeably better — on paper at least.

Team executives Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa may be out of touch in the analytics game, but we all know these are the risks you have to take sometimes. The ideal way to build a winning franchise in baseball is to value your prospects and help them reach their full potential. Sometimes, even in life, one has to take a “leap of faith” and try something different. That applies here with the D’backs’ organization.

The front office saw an opportunity to get the team in position to win now, and they went for it. With emerging All-Stars Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock spearheading an offense that is expected to score many runs next season, and the recent pitching additions, this team just may be ready. Their biggest problem last season was finding a consistent starting rotation. That shouldn’t be a problem now, with a one-two-three punch of Greinke, Patrick Corbin and Miller. They’ll be fine come October.

DC Hendrix

DC Hendrix

Report for Sideline Sports Report. Producer/Host for ESPN 1380 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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