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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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Sep 2, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen (40) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen (40) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Subtractions

There aren’t too many standout subtractions but they do include: Christian Walker, Kevin Jepsen, and for a quick second, Gregor Blanco.

Blanco was originally released, because an oblique injury was preventing him from making the roster. However, they felt they couldn’t get a good enough look at him, so the decided to re-sign him, to the exact same terms. Weird, and quite confusing.

Kevin Jepsen compiled a 2.33 ERA across 69.2 innings in 2015 and proceeded to fall apart after splitting last season between the Rays and the Twins. The 32 year old pitcher posted a 12.27 ERA in 3.2 innings this year during the Cactus League so his release was inevitable.

Christian Walker, first basemen and corner outfielder was out-righted to Triple A. Although not on Arizona’s roster, Walker remains in the organization to be assigned outright to Triple-A Reno. If Walker poses a strong performance in the Pacific Coastal League it could allow him to work his way back onto the Major League scene.

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