NL West Roundup: D-Backs Making Moves

February 22, 2018

By: Braden Surprenant


While the focus in Peoria, AZ has been on Eric Hosmer, the Diamondbacks over at Talking Stick are making a couple moves if their own. 


First off, starting pitcher Shelby Miller has been placed on the 60-day disabled list due to his Tommy John surgery rehab. Miller had the surgery May 10 of last season, after suffering from a forearm flexor strain and a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The 27-year-old has been incredibly underwhelming since coming over from Atlanta in exchange for Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair.


Miller went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA in 20 starts and was even sent down to Triple A Reno in 2016, his first year with the Diamondbacks. Last season before the injury, Miller started four games and went 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA. Better than the previous year, yet still disappointing when you factor in what the Diamondbacks gave up in order to acquire Miller. Shelby Miller being placed on the DL made room on the roster for signing JD…no not Martinez…Jarrod Dyson.


The Diamondbacks are hoping the bats can thrive after the departure of J.D. Martinez who officially joined the Boston Red Sox this week. They believe they still possess a good lineup, even without the incredible production from Martinez.


“I don’t know what the numbers say about our offense pre-J.D. last year,” infielder Daniel Descalso said. “But I would imagine we were pretty good.”


They will miss Martinez, but will still be fine without him because they just found their man in Steven Souza.


The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday afternoon, in a three team trade that also included the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees, and highly rated pitching prospect Anthony Banda to the Rays. The Diamondbacks also received right-hander Taylor Widener from the Yankees as part of the trade.


Souza is set to make $3.5 million this season and still has three years left on his contract. He should be the Diamondbacks every day starter in right field, with David Peralta playing left. Newly acquired Jarrod Dyson, we mentioned above, will be the forth outfielder for the snakes. As far as the batting order is concerned, Souza should fit somewhere in the middle behind Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb.