Bickley: Diamondbacks finally enter the modern age of baseball

Bickley: Diamondbacks finally enter the modern age of baseball

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Bickley: Diamondbacks finally enter the modern age of baseball

Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Fernando Rodney and Zack Greinke during spring training camp on Feb. 16, 2017 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Fernando Rodney and Zack Greinke during spring training camp on Feb. 16, 2017 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

By Dan Bickley

azcentral sports columnist

Tip your cap to progress. The Diamondbacks are out of the Stone Age.

They have a new general manager and a new methodology. They have finally embraced the information revolution that’s been sweeping Major League Baseball for years. They might need some garbage trucks to clean up the mess that’s been left behind.

“We’re going to try and grow together as an organization,” new GM Mike Hazen said. “Now it’s on us.”

At the very least, the 2017 Diamondbacks are blessed with low expectations. They will not snap their current streak of five consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. For the moment, it’s enough that their front office is no longer considered a clown show compelled to old-school ignorance, frequently mocked by peers and fans alike.

The latest pile of debris came from the mouth of former GM Dave Stewart, who said on Wednesday that he “should have stuck to my gut” and not traded No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair to the Braves for starting pitcher Shelby Miller. He claimed to be victimized by meddling bosses, saying he “had to deal with three people above me, which makes it real, real difficult to do your job.”

The reality is much different. The Diamondbacks have a farm system ranked among the most barren in baseball. They are chained to Zack Greinke’s monstrous contract, which might force them to trade a cornerstone piece like Paul Goldschmidt or A.J. Pollock. They have repeated the same mistake three times in the past nine years, selling off the future on a team that wasn’t all that close to winning a championship.

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