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April 16, 2014

What You Need to Know

Please Send Starters

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers spent the offseason looking for a frontline starter. The man upstairs, CEO Derrick Hall, was on board with the plan. “We feel like we need that horse,” Hall told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in advance of the Winter Meetings, and Towers felt he had “the players to get any available pitcher out there on the market.”

But the Diamondbacks didn’t trade for an ace. In fact, their only significant deal involving a starting pitcher sent Tyler Skaggs back to the Angels. And their marquee free-agent addition was Bronson Arroyo—a “horse” only in the sense that he could chew innings like real horses chomp grass.

Then, the Diamondbacks lost Patrick Corbin, who was their ace for most of 2013. Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado were so ineffective in the early going that they couldn’t hold onto their jobs even in the wake of Corbin’s Tommy John surgery. Kirk Gibson’s fifth starter is now Michael Bolsinger, a 26-year-old rookie whom Jason Parks deemed unworthy of a mention as a Factor on the Farm, and who wasn’t listed on Baseball America’s 30-deep list of the organization’s top prospects.

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