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So I would first like to apologies for this features two-month hiatus. First I had finals to study for (damn AP U.S. History!!) then I took the SAT (should get the results any day now) so I got a bit swamped but enough of my excuses.
Second Major Free Agent Signings
(see I didn’t really need to do an article anyway)
The Diamondbacks have invited 17 non-roster players to spring training bringing the total number of players to attend spring training to 57. Some of the notables invited include:
As mentioned above Trot Nixon might be coming into the fold (a physical is the only thing holding up the deal now), he would provide insurance as a back up first baseman and lefty bench bat should Chad Tracy not be ready to start the season.
Other players who are looking to come back from injuries are:
Randy Johnson- Trying to come back form his second back surgery in two years. His health will be a huge factor in how the Diamondbacks’ season unfolds. If he can be an healthy effective starter the Snakes might just have the best one-two-three rotation punch in the league.
Doug Slaten- Had micro fracture surgery over the off-season. If he is not ready to break camp with the rest of the team Bill Murphy might have a chance to be the clubs lefty specialist at least until Slaten is back.
A note, Brandon Lyon has been named the D-Backs’ 2008 closer beating out Tony Pena and Chad Qualls who will handle the 8th and 7th innings respectively. I personally think Lyon will do well in the role, he had the 2005 job and was dealing until an injury ended his season.
I promise the next article will be before May.