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San Francisco Giants 2017 Preview of NL West Opponent: The Arizona Diamondbacks

Apr 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Overall view of Chase Field prior to the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies during Opening Day. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Overall view of Chase Field prior to the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies during Opening Day. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 23, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Daniel Descalso (3) hits a single in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Additions

Additions for the 2017 season for the Diamondbacks include Daniel Descalso, Chris Ianetta, Chris Owings and more. However one of the bigger additions to the 40 man roster is JJ Hoover. The right-handed reliever filled the spot vacated by Christian Walker. Hoover tossed 64 1/3 innings of 2.94 ERA ball with 7.3 K/9 against 4.3 BB/9. Being known as a fly-ball pitcher, his new home field may be a little problematic.

As for shortstop, the position is being divided between Chris Owings and and Nick Ahmed. Owings is set to have a spot in the lineup everyday at different positions after having seen action at both middle infield spots and center field.  Playing time for these two are undecided according to manager Torey Lovullo.

In the bullpen the Diamondbacks have Tom Wilhemsen and Jorge De La Rosa. With Wilhemsen posting better numbers in the second half of the 2016 season he’s expected to perform well. As for De La Rosa, he’s set to transition to the bullpen after being a starter for the entirety of his 13 year career.

A name familiar to the Giants franchise, Gregor Blanco was released and resigned by the Dbacks. Arizona resigned Blanco per Nick Piecoro. From 2012 to 2015, Blanco’s numbers were a solid .264/.343/.367 with 18 runs and 69 stolen bases in 1,565 trips to the plate. It’s safe to say Blanco’s offensive production tanked last year but has been known to be a semi-regular players.

Now to the subtractions…

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