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Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

How’s that for a Good Friday? Jim Bowden of ESPN and other things first reports the Arizona Diamondbacks signing Paul Goldschmidt to a five-year, $32 million deal which buys up one of the big first baseman’s free agent years. Ken Rosenthal adds that the deal includes an option for 2019, keeping Goldy in the Snakes fray for a long, long time.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves

The photo of Daniel Hudson above was taken on June 26th, 2012. This was the last baseball game in which Hudson appeared. The expression on his face could be interpreted many ways, but in essence, it says “my elbow has exploded and I ain’t pitching for 12-18 months”.

It was on the June day that Hudson exited a game versus the Atlanta Braves after struggling through 1.2 innings of work. The right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, and it’s probably not a day he needs to be reminded of via a heavily circulated cardboard representation of himself. Alas, this is what Topps has done by plunking a headshot from that afternoon on Daniel Hudson’s baseball card.

 

That “thanks” is probably facetious, but at least Hudson seems to have somewhat of a sense of humour about this. It’s an otherwise beautiful looking baseball card from Topps’ 2013 Heritage set. The set is modeled after the 1964 Topps set, which is one of my personal favourite layouts of all-time.

Via Big League Stew

St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

The San Francisco Giants quest for back-to-back National West Division crowns will be no easy task this year with the Dodgers fielding a lineup with five potential All-Stars and a re-vamped D’Backs lineup that will look to continue their offensive success of last season without outfielder Justin Upton. The Rockies don’t have the pitching, but may still be able to win some ball games with a lineup featuring a healthy Troy Tulowitzki, while the Padres may be in for a long season, especially if they deal Chase Headley.

Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)

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You know what this video is? Damn cool, that’s what this video is. A four-hour cactus league contest between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox becomes a highly entertaining four minute time-lapse video, featuring the requisite elevator jazz and rolling cloud shots expected in such an endeavour.

Come for the snappy editing, stay for the lolling blue hairs found at any and all spring games.

Hat tip to Nick Piecoro on Twitter

Colroado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

2012 Record: 81-81, 3rd NL West
2012 Pythagorean Record: 86-76
Impact Player: C Miguel Montero
Impact Pitcher: RHP Ian Kennedy
Top Prospect: LHP Tyler Skaggs

Significant Acquisitions: 3B Martin Prado, RHP Brandon McCarthy, OF Cody Ross, SS Cliff Pennington, RHP Heath Bell, LHP Tony Sipp, LHP Matt Reynolds, 3B/1B Eric Chavez, 1B/OF Eric Hinske, RHP Randall Delgado, SS Didi Gregorius

Significant Departures: RF Justin Upton, CF Chris Young, RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Bryan Shaw, 3B Chris Johnson, 3B Ryan Wheeler, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Matt Lindstrom

Going into the offseason, forward-thinking baseball people seemed to have a decent opinion of Arizona Diamondbacks’ General Manager Kevin Towers. Sure, he’s an old school guy, but going back to his time as the GM of the Padres, he seemed to have a decent grasp on how to intelligently run a baseball team. Then, in a matter of a few wintery months, that opinion changed.

Right from the beginning of the offseason, Towers and his crew made questionable decision after questionable decision. First he acquired overpaid and overrated reliever Heath Bell from the Marlins in a three-team trade that saw him jettison talented centerfielder Chris Young; then he dealt another high-upside player in former third-overall pick Trevor Bauer. The right-hander had been in the organization for only a little over a year and had already skyrocketed to the Majors, but he apparently didn’t gel with the coaching staff and he was sent to Cleveland in another three-way trade that brought shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius over from Cincinnati.

Finally, Towers capped off his talent-purge by trading his most talented player in rightfielder Justin Upton to Atlanta for a package of players centered around third baseman Martin Prado.

Towers and his brass ostensibly acquired an overpaid reliever, two middling glove-first shortstops, a decent pitching prospect and Martin Prado for one of the game’s most talented outfielders, one of the game’s most highly-touted pitching prospects and an above-average centerfielder. He told the media that he wanted to build a team in manager Kirk Gibson’s image—tough, gritty and leadershippy. That means fans in Arizona are going to see a lot more Willie Bloomquist-types than Justin Upton-types from here on out.

Having said all that, the D’Backs are still a very good team. You could make the argument that even if they made themselves worse in the long run by trading away Bauer and Upton, et al, they might still have made themselves better for 2013. Whether or not you think that’s a good strategy is up to your philosophy on contention.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

Aaron Hill is an easy baseball player to like. He looks like a baseball player and, if I might be so inane, plays like a baseball player. He hit line drives for days and is quite an adept second baseman, diving about and getting his uniform dirty and the like.

Then one year he hit a like a million home runs and it ruined everything. Hill went into the tank, began popping everything up in the infield and striking out more than an “aggressive” hitter can afford.

One trade, two declined options, and one great season on a pillow contract later and now Aaron Hill is rich, as the Snakes and Hill are on the verge of announcing a three-year contract worth $35 million.

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It is quite easy to overlook how good Brandon Webb was during his brief career. Maybe not “overlook” as much as “forget.”Webb hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2009, when he made a single start for for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before he blew out his shoulder and left the baseball landscape forever, Brandon Webb was one of the best pitchers in baseball from the moment he came to the big leagues.

The 2006 Cy Young winner officially gave up his comeback, ending his brief but brilliant career at 33.

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