SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- Around this time last year the Arizona Diamondbacks looked like they were making a great charge to contend for a title, acquiring 2009 American League Cy Young winner Zach Grienke from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The season ended with the Diamondbacks finishing 24 games under .500 (69-93). Coming into the 2017 season the Diamondbacks were focused on helping out the starting pitching by acquiring some bullpen players.
According to arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com the team isn’t done making moves, even though some key acquisitions have already been made. One of the big names was closer Fernando Rodney, who pitched in 67 games, had an ERA of 3.44 and acquired 25 saves between pitching with the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins.
The Diamondbacks look to give minor league invites to two relief pitched who played in 18 games for the Cincinnati Reds in J.J. Hoover and Keyvius Sampson
“The offseason doesn’t really end until Opening Day, and it seems like it’s getting more and more elongated at least this year, so we’re still going to try and be opportunistic where we can if the right guys are out there that fit into slots for us on our team at either certain positions or in the ‘pen,” GM Mike Hazen said on arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com.
Hazen was hired in October to take over the GM position of the team, and with looking towards the bullpen is one way to start off the 2017 season in the right direction.
Pitchers and catchers meet on Feb. 13 then a week after the rest of the team comes to start off spring training.