By Nick Piecoro
The Diamondbacks will go back to work this week, beginning Monday when pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields, and the team will once again look to bounce back from a disappointing season.
For the most part, the offseason passed quietly for them, with ownership installing a new front office that chose to make mostly minor tweaks to the roster.
So if the arrival of baseball season comes as a surprise, here’s a rundown of the Diamondbacks’ winter in five moves.
1. New men in charge
The Tony La Russa era came to an effective end following last season’s 93-loss campaign, with the Diamondbacks instead poaching Mike Hazen from the Boston Red Sox to head up their baseball operations department. Hazen brought with him a host of associates with Boston connections, including new manager Torey Lovullo and assistant GMs Amiel Sawdaye and Jared Porter.
2. Upside play
The Diamondbacks’ most significant move of the offseason was Hazen’s first trade, sending infielder Jean Segura to the Seattle Mariners in a five-player deal that landed them right-hander Taijuan Walker, a starting pitcher who many believe has front-of-the-rotation potential. The move opened up second base, ostensibly for second-year infielder Brandon Drury.
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