Team Strengths: The D-backs yield the majority of the pitching staff that finished fourth in ERA last year. The reduction of Patrick Corbin in free service hurts, however, the D-backs retained Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, get Taijuan Walker back from Tommy John surgery during the calendar year, additional Luke Weaver via trade and stand to profit from the looming ascension of high pitching prospect Jon Duplantier.
Team Weaknesses: The D-backs finished 19th in runs scored last year, then traded franchise superstar Paul Goldschmidt and dropped A.J. Pollock in free service. It continued a long, dispiriting run of creating impact homegrown position players only to lose them, following Justin Upton, Adam Eaton, Carlos Gonzalez, Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Mark Reynolds.
What They Did About It: The D-backs signed just two free agent position players–Wilmer Flores and Caleb Joseph–and also will try to cover the loss of Goldschmidt and Pollock with position converts. Seven of those D-backs’ top eight position prospects have yet to play above Class A, so inner reinforcements will not be coming to a large scale for at least another year.
Last outlook: The pitching team may keep the D-backs afloat for a bit, but a subpar offense appears likely doom the golf club for its first losing season in three decades.