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Offseason checklist: D-backs’ needs and moves

@SteveGilbertMLB
November 2, 2019

The D-backs surprised many by winning 85 games in 2019 and staying in the postseason hunt well into September, but general manager Mike Hazen said the organization will not be satisfied until it notches its first World Series title since '01. So what are the D-backs’ biggest needs entering 2020,

The D-backs surprised many by winning 85 games in 2019 and staying in the postseason hunt well into September, but general manager Mike Hazen said the organization will not be satisfied until it notches its first World Series title since '01.

So what are the D-backs’ biggest needs entering 2020, and what moves have they made to address them? MLB.com is keeping track here. As the offseason continues, be sure to check back for updates.

BIGGEST NEEDS

Center fielder/Second baseman
If the D-backs are able to find a center fielder, either via trade or free agency, then they will play Ketel Marte primarily at second base in 2020. If, however, that proves to be elusive, they will look to add a second baseman and play Marte primarily in center field. It’s similar to the approach they took last year, and they wound up signing Wilmer Flores to play second while shifting Marte to center.

Bullpen help
This is an area of the team that Hazen is always looking to add to. While Archie Bradley would be the closer if the season opened tomorrow, it’s always possible the team could find a closer who falls through the cracks in free agency and takes a lesser offer in Arizona because he’s promised a shot at closing. That’s what the case was with Fernando Rodney in 2017 and Greg Holland last year.

Corner outfielder
Both left fielder David Peralta and right fielder Steven Souza Jr. battled injuries last season. In Souza’s case, he missed the entire 2019 season and good chunk of '18 as well. If the club decides to non-tender him, they could look to add a corner outfield piece. Even if they decide to bring Souza back, they might still look to add a corner outfielder as insurance.

Five questions facing the D-backs in offseason

MOVES MADE

Oct. 31: Flores and McFarland options declined
Flores' stint with the D-backs lasted one year as the team declined to pick up his $6 million option for 2020 and instead gave him a $500,000 buyout. Left-hander T.J. McFarland, a mainstay for the past three seasons, had his $1.85 million option for '20 declined and was given a $50,000 buyout.

Oct. 31: Almonte and Scott outrighted
Outfielder Abraham Almonte and Robby Scott were outrighted to Triple-A Reno and both players became free agents.

Oct. 31: Herges hired and Narron departs
The D-backs hired Giants bullpen coach Matt Herges to be their pitching coach, replacing Mike Butcher, who was let go the day after the 2019 season concluded. In addition, the team announced that Jerry Narron would not return to the coaching staff as planned. Narron, who was the team’s bench coach the past two seasons and part of '17, had been shifted to the role of extra coach, but after taking some time he decided to pursue other opportunities.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.