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2020 was a disappointing season for the Diamondbacks, who opened it expecting to compete for a postseason berth and finished it in last place in the National League West with a 25-35 record. That doesn’t mean, though, that the D-backs feel they need to start from scratch or make major overhauls this winter.

“I don’t know where the offseason is going to take us on a very micro level because I never do,” D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said. “But I do think this team still, in my mind, has the building blocks of being a good competitive baseball team that is capable of making the playoffs [and advance], and we’re going to start from that base position.”

Additional Offense

Over the past three seasons, the Diamondbacks bats have gone quiet at the wrong time. Hazen and his staff are determined to figure out why and address this top priority of the offseason, either by trade or free agency.

Bullpen

The Diamondbacks dealt closer Archie Bradley to the Reds and Andrew Chafin to the Cubs just before the Trade Deadline. They also declined the contract options on Hector Rondón and Junior Guerra, so the team will need to rebuild the bullpen. This is nothing new during Hazen’s tenure, as the team has had a different closer at the start of every season he has been in charge.

Starting Pitching

The Diamondbacks have some depth, but with Robbie Ray and Mike Leake hitting the free agent market, they will look to add a starter. Luke Weaver struggled in 2020. It won’t be a high priority like the offensive need, but Hazen always is on the lookout to add pitching where he can. Prospect like Corbin Martin may ready to make his big league debut in 2021.

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