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Inbox: Will D-backs look to improve OF depth?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert fields questions from fans
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What can the D-backs do to improve their outfield?
-- Bob, Oro Valley, Ariz.

I still think the D-backs have one more move in them before the regular season begins, and it's to add an outfielder. After the starting three -- A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas -- they really don't have much depth. Is it possible they enter the season with Socrates Brito as a backup and also use Chris Owings and Chris Herrmann out there? Sure, but I think their goal is to add an outfielder.

What can the D-backs do to improve their outfield?
-- Bob, Oro Valley, Ariz.

I still think the D-backs have one more move in them before the regular season begins, and it's to add an outfielder. After the starting three -- A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas -- they really don't have much depth. Is it possible they enter the season with Socrates Brito as a backup and also use Chris Owings and Chris Herrmann out there? Sure, but I think their goal is to add an outfielder.

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Speaking of Owings, judging by what manager Torey Lovullo said this winter, it looks like he plans on moving Owings around at a number of different positions, including the outfield.

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If the D-backs trade a middle infielder, which one and for what piece of the puzzle?
-- C.T., Phoenix

My guess on the middle infielder who is most likely to be moved would be Brandon Drury, for a couple of reasons. First, I think he's probably a better third baseman than second baseman, but with Jake Lamb there, third is not really an option. Second, I think of all those middle-infield guys, he would probably bring the best return. (Ketel Marte would also likely bring back some nice players, but I think they want to hang on to him.) Owings is unlikely to be traded because of his versatility and leadership in the clubhouse.

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With the D-backs' selection of first baseman Pavin Smith in last year's Draft, it seems like the organization could be prepping for an eventual Paul Goldschmidt departure. Was this the case, or did they see Smith as the most valuable player available when they selected him? Also, what is the likelihood of Goldschmidt getting an extension to keep him in Arizona for his entire career?
-- Tom S., Dublin, Ohio

When it comes to the Draft in baseball, it doesn't make much sense to select a player based on need because unlike the other sports, almost every player is going to spend a couple of years in the Minor Leagues and needs to develop, and as we've seen, some don't pan out. So I don't believe he was taken with the thought that he would be Goldschmidt's replacement, even though he could end up being just that. It seems unlikely right now that the D-backs are going to be able to sign Goldschmidt to an extension, but that's another couple of years down the road, so that could certainly change.

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What does the D-backs' starting rotation look like? Will Archie Bradley start or be a workhorse reliever?
-- Craig, Phoenix

According to what we've heard from Lovullo and general manager Mike Hazen, it looks like heading into Spring Training, the rotation will be Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley, with Bradley again pitching out of the bullpen.

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

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