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« on: June 03, 2019, 09:50:33 am »

Where do the Diamondbacks stand heading into this year’s premier off season event ?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang Food2018 BaseballWinter Meetings Diamondbacks PreviewNew Jed Lowrie Jersey ,73commentsWhere do the Diamondbacks stand heading into this year’s premier off season event ?salary for Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly, both of whom are expected to be on the major league roster. Of note, the “on paper” WAR projection adds up to a 79 win team at the moment.That’s because there are positive projections for Weaver, both Kelly’s, and Walker.Collectively they are offsetting some of Goldy’s loss. The below tableincludes playing time, WAR and Payroll projections for players with guaranteed contracts,salary estimates for arbitration eligible players, and several pre arb, league minimum players that will clearly be on the opening day roster barring a trade or injury.The “Replacement” player sections are merely placeholders. The IP and PA allotted in the replacement slotsneed to be filled by somebody. Whether they are filled with internal depth players at league minimum salary, or by players brought in through trade or free agencythat might cost moreis TBD. The salary shown there is the least amount possible to fill those innings and PA.As additional moves are made and the personnel changes, we’ll update the Payroll and Projections tracking sheet accordingly: Playing time, WAR, and Salary Projections for 2019Pitchers3 yr wtd3 yr wtd PTWtd Rate2019 IP2019 WARSalaryPitchers3 yr wtd3 yr wtd PTWtd Rate2019 IP2019 WARSalaryInternalStarting Rotation options to fill remaining innings include Jon Duplantier and Taylor Widener, neither of whom are on the 40 man roster at the moment, as well as Taylor Clarke, who is on the 40 man.(I suggest you push a click through to scope out the 40 man roster)Mike Hazen indicated that the rotation is set , “in it’s current form”.However a Greinke trade could change things. As for the bullpen,Hazen indicated they still have some work to do, which was a little surprising to me. In addition to the 7 relievers listed in the table above, (in which Jimmie Sherfy already features prominently)internal options also include Yoan Lopez who made a strong impression during his September call up last year, as well as Jake Barrettand Joey Krehbiel , who made a couple of appearances last year and may get another look.Also watch for Kevin Ginkel, who put up video gameK/BB ratios in 2018.(117 K, 14 BB between A+, AA, and the AFL). Despite all these internal options, Mike Hazen’sM.O. has been to add a couple of veteran relievers, including finding established closers to fill that role each of the last two years with...ahem...mixed results.This year might be no exception, as the team was recently linked to veteran Joakim Soria, who has 220 career saves and a 148 ERA+On the position player side,with the departure of AJ Pollock to free agency, one obvious hole is Center Field Walt Weiss Jersey , and Hazen indicated the outfield is an area they are still looking to work on.The team has alsoindicated they may try Ketel Marte in CF. Jarrod Dyson is coming off a season in which he it .189/43 OPS+, before suffering a season ending groin injury that required surgery. The defensive standout is signed for 2019, but is not viewed as a full time option. If they do end upgoing with the Marte to CF plan, then most likely Eduardo Escobarsees significant time at 2b.However with the uncertainty surrounding Jake Lamb and his recovery from shoulder surgery, as well as his persistent issues with hitting left hand pitching, the team is probably looking to shore up the infield some more, especially with the likely departure of free agent Daniel Descalso. Whether the team acquires a true center fielder, or opts for the experimental route with Marte they have some significant holes to fill that won’t likely be filled with internal options.It would seem like this is the last chance for Socrates Brito to make his mark in the majors with this organization, but just the fact that the team has been looking at Marte as a CF option indicates the out of options Brito’s future with the organization may not be very strong or long.Other players on the 40 man include Christian Walker, who I plugged into the first base projection for now, as well asKevin Cron, Ildemaro Vargas, and Domingo Leyba.Any or all could see playing time before September call ups. Vargas, due to his position flexibility is in a strong position to win the utilityrole out of spring training, as he can play any of SS, 2b Marcus Semien Jersey , or 3b. And finally, Hazen made clearthe teamwill continue with the 3 catcher model so Kelly has been inserted accordingly in a time share with Alex Avila&John Ryan Murphy.Fingers crossed they don’t pull the trigger on a Greinke trade before this article gets published. I’ve already revised it twice.:) PHOENIX (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named.The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers’ 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.”It was a challenging trade,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. ”Keone has been awesome the last couple years, a dominant closer for us. Ultimately felt where we are, it made sense to consider these kind of deals where we can get multiple players.”The surging Pirates are 3 1/2 games behind Arizona for the final NL wild-card spot, with Atlanta and Colorado also ahead of them in the standings. The Pirates entered Monday with a 4.23 bullpen ERA, 10th best in the NL.”Kela is an experienced, quality, high-leverage reliever who projects to be a significant addition to our late-game options for the next few seasons,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.The 25-year-old Kela has 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA this season. He will be arbitration eligible beginning next season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.Kela learned of the deal after being called from the bullpen in the seventh inning Monday night.”I’m still a little shocked, but I’m excited that it’s a new beginning, a new journey that I get to venture into,” he said. ”Just forever grateful for the opportunity to play here in Texas, all the support from the fans.”Hearn is 3-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 19 starts at Double-A Altoona this year. The 23-year-old left-hander is a graduate of Royse City High School, located about 50 miles west of Globe Life Park in Arlington.—