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We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2014 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2014 Diamondbacks Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Jim McLennan from AZSnakePit.

1) What’s your take on Mark Trumbo and how do you feel the trade to Arizona affects his fantasy value?

I think the move will likely help Trumbo. He’s going from a pretty extreme pitcher’s park, to one which is a lot more hitter friendly, first of all. He won’t be hitting behind Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton or Mike Trout, true – but he will instead follow National League MVP runner-up Paul Goldschmidt to the dish, so should still get plenty of chances to drive in runs. I have to confess, I wasn’t in favor of the deal, but the reasons for that shouldn’t affect his fantasy value, unless you play in a severely sabermetric league which uses OBP. Otherwise, his likely defensive struggles as Trumbo makes the transition to the outfield won’t have much relevance!

2) Miguel Montero had a down 2013 after being one of the more reliable options at catcher in previous years. Do you see him rebounding in 2014?

Fingers crossed Montero rebounds, not least because the likely backup option for the Diamondbacks is a 42-year-old Henry Blanco, who hit .142 between the Blue Jays and Mariners last year. Miggy was hurt by a truly awful start to the season: he was hitting below the Mendoza Line after the first week of June. However, he did pull things together the rest of the way, and hit .257 with eight HR in 63 games thereafter. He did miss most of August with a lower back strain, but he has generally been one of the iron men behind the plate. Entering the second season of a five-year, $60 million contract, he’ll be under scrutiny, but I’m still expecting something close to his career numbers, .267 with maybe 15 HR and 75 RBI.

3) After a solid first half in 2013, Patrick Corbin faded in the second half. What aspect of Corbin’s game should fantasy players be focusing on when deciding where to draft Corbin this year?

What we saw from Corbin was almost the poster-child for BABIP regression. Through the end of July. he had a 2.24 ERA and a BABIP of .250, which was unsustainably low. Thereafter, it ballooned to .360, and his ERA went up with it, to over six during Corbin’s final 11 starts. However, nor is that inflated BABIP something which you’d expect to carry forward, and his “true” level of talent would seem to fall between these two extremes. All told, his BABIP was .287, which is close to NL average (.296), so overall, an ERA around the 3.50 mark seems about right. He’s a year older now, and at age 24, that should help a little too. Don’t expect either extreme from Corbin in 2014. I think he’ll be good to very good, rather than great.

4) Who do you think ends up as the Diamondbacks’ shortstop for the bulk of 2014 – Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings?

I honestly don’t know. Going in to this winter, the general opinion was that one or other of them would be traded during the off-season, but here we sit, almost back into spring training, and they’re both still here. When we looked at this recently, a SnakePit poll gave the edge to Owings, 55-43% [the remaining two percent proved Cliff Pennington's family must read the site...]. They both have weaknesses – Didi can’t hit left-handers, while Owings’ plate discipline in the minors was woeful – and it could well simply come down to who wins the job out of spring training. If I’d to guess, I’d lean toward Owings, but it’s not something on which I’d be prepared to wager any significant sum.

5) What is the Diamondbacks’ plan to keep opposing teams out of their pool in 2014?

I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say, I’ve heard rumours that Arizona’s (not-so) beloved mascot D.Baxter will be replaced this year, with Eddie the Electric Eel… :)

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  1. Spammer Jay says:
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    The fans in the pool area need to show up early with the grounds crew to practice speed covering the pool in the event of a loss to the dodgers. Or the simple solution would be to install a moat filled with rattle snakes.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

  2. BTD says:
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    I’ve heard some pretty good things about Archie this spring. I highly doubt he’ll break camp with the D-backs, but I suppose anything is possible. Do you see him brought up in June (Super 2)? Or later? What do you expect out of him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Just took him in a new dynasty draft as our first prospect off the board. Super 2 makes sense. Big dude with a big fastball and curve. Could be an impact arm in the second half, and control is improving (3.7 BB/9 last year after it was 5.6 in 2012).

      Here’s Scott’s take…

      http://razzball.com/2014-minor-league-preview-arizona-diamondbacks/

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: How can you not ask about him in one of the questions?! Hes the one future stud, Goldy aside, theyve got.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Thought about it. Guy’s great, not really any warts. I knew Razz nation had a handle on him and wanted to go other directions. Only get five. ;)

  3. chris L says:
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    Just wanted a second opinion:
    Keeper league round 5: 5×5 league who would you take of the following still available?
    Jose Reyes
    Alex Rios
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Allen Craig
    Manny Machado
    Matt Carpenter
    Ben Zobrist
    Matt Kemp
    Ian Kinsler
    Carlos Santana
    Pedro Alvarez
    Jose Abreu
    Justin Verlander
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Gio Gonzalez
    Anibal Sanchez…
    Please Pick 1 for a keeper league…Thank you again for your time

    • chris L says:
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      @chris L: Anthony Rizzo is also available….

    • The Thumb says:
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      @chris L: Rios. He’s been a top 25 player for 2 straight years (fo’really). Also the Rangers are gonna score like a shittillion runs this year. 20/30 isn’t out of the question.

      • Chris L says:
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        @The Thumb: rios was just a nabbed the round before me. Second best option?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lots to choose from! I think the argument for Rios is a good one. I might go Machado there in a keeper. Depends on what you need of course, but Machado would be my target personally.

  4. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike – I’ve managed to confuse Sky already today. So, I will be short and sweet.

    1) Trumbo will die against the NL West pitching. The Angels screwed’m … He was the Jack and the Beanstalk trade of the winter – him being the bag of micro-mini-beans.

    2) A go to late sleeper in all FBB … He will have dropped too far. Like him as a bounce player too. An ESPN choice between Old Fuss and Feathers Pierzynski for me at the end of draft.

    3) Corbin A solid mid level pick up in ESPN… One that could be argued that ESPN has about right @ #187 pick

    4) Owings is a worthy late draft pick in ESPN if he gets the nod to start at SS. The kid could pull a ROY out of his hat. I’m watching him closely.

    That 2%er is the big elephant’s foot in the pudding. They must cut him or DFA him and lose ~ 3 million or trade him – who wants him?. If nothing is done with Penny, Owings, who clock is not running yet, stays down until June.

    So, it’s going close to see who gets the most time. I’ll say about even. And Owings will have little value in ESPN until after All Star Break – if at all this year.

    5) Arizona has many ????marks in a tough 2 horse division.- sorry Pads.

    So the pool might become a huge issue again. I think, they ought to put some of that urine activated dye in it and when the players jump in they’ll be busted.

    Why? Most MLB players are now or soon will be wearing the new Razzball state of the art Don’t-Miss-A-Pitch – extra inning capacity – Maxie-Sports-Adult-Diapers. I just love mine. I wear them year round – but I’m old – get the picture. You guys have your avatars printed in there on them – right where it counts – inside.

    My puter is dying again.. Later Mike keep’m coming

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Ghost!

  5. griff says:
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    In a dynasty, I was offered Chris Sale for Manny Machado. Need a frontline starter due to Matt Harvey. Got carpenter to fill in. Pull the trigger?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Machado

  6. Anthony says:
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    Hey man in a 12 team h2h league would you rather have Darvish and Prado or Choo and Gray? Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Choo side

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