A team-by-team preview of the NL West division.
1 | L.A. Dodgers
He’s here: RHP Zack Greinke, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu.
He’s outta here: OF Juan Rivera, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Shane Victorino, OF Bobby Abreu, INF Adam Kennedy.
Written in Stone: If you’re lamenting the good, old days when the Yankees tried to buy a championship, have I got a team for you. For the new-look Dodgers and the Magic Johnson ownership group, it’s Showtime. Money seems to be no object (see League, Brandon, three years, $22.5 million). The payroll will be about $230 million (with payments still going out to Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones), and it’s bought them a lot of star power in the lineup and pitching depth. In fact, the Dodgers have eight starters, so a trade is likely. The biggest downside is a thumb injury to Hanley Ramirez that will knock him out for two months. Two players to watch closely: outfielder Carl Crawford, coming back from Tommy John surgery, and lefty starter Hyun-Jin Ru, the first player to jump directly from the Korean Baseball Organization to MLB. The Dodgers need Matt Kemp to be healthy after shoulder surgery.
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|LF Carl Crawford||.282||3||19|
|2B Mark Ellis||.258||7||31|
|CF Matt Kemp||.303||23||69|
|1B A. Gonzalez||.299||18||108|
|RF Andre Ethier||.284||20||89|
|SS Luis Cruz||.297||6||40|
|3B Nick Punto||.219||1||10|
|C A.J. Ellis||.270||13||52|
|LH C. Kershaw||14-9||2.53||227|
|LH H-Jin Ryu*||9-9||2.66||210|
|RH Josh Beckett||7-14||4.65||132|
|RH Zack Greinke||15-5||3.48||200|
|RH C. Billingsley||10-9||3.55||128|
|RH B. League||3.13||15||6|
2 | San Francisco Giants
He’s here: OF Andres Torres.
He’s outta here: OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Brian Wilson, 1B Aubrey Huff, OF Xavier Nady, INF Freddy Sanchez, INF Ryan Theriot.
Written in Stone: The Giants earned the right to stand pat after their second title in three years, and that’s what they more or less did. This is a franchise supremely confident in its talent evaluation, and also the ability of GM Brian Sabean to plug holes on the fly. Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence, for instance, were key stretch-drive pickups last year, and both figure prominently in this year’s blueprint. The Giants would be wise, however, not to expect Scutaro to maintain the .361 average he had in 61 games after coming over from the Rockies. The Giants would love to see Tim Lincecum — a dominant setup man in the postseason after a lackluster season as a starter — regain his Cy Young form. That would be a stretch for Barry Zito, but after his playoff magic, there might be life in his aging left arm yet. The Giants have Buster Posey, and that alone is enough to carry them a long, long way.
|CF Angel Pagan||.288||8||56|
|LF Gregor Blanco||.244||5||34|
|C Buster Posey||.336||24||103|
|3B P. Sandoval||.283||12||63|
|RF Hunter Pence||.253||24||105|
|1B Brandon Belt||.275||7||56|
|2B Marco Scutaro||.306||7||74|
|SS B. Crawford||.248||4||45|
|RH Matt Cain||16-5||2.79||193|
|LH M. Bumgrnr||16-11||3.37||191|
|RH T. Lincecum||10-15||5.18||190|
|RY R. Vogelsong||14-9||3.37||158|
|LH Barry Zito||15-8||4.15||114|
|RH S. Romo||1.79||14||1|
3 | Arizona Diamondbacks
He’s here: 3B Martin Prado, RHP Brandon McCarthy, OF Cody Ross, SS Cliff Pennington, RHP Randall Delgado, SS Didi Gregorius, 3B Eric Chavez.
He’s outta here: RF Justin Upton, CF Chris Young, 3B Chris Johnson, RHP Trevor Bauer, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Matt Albers, C Henry Blanco.
Written in Stone: The Diamondbacks got rid of an awful lot of frontline talent, most notably Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer, both of whom have superstar potential. The emphasis seems to be on the type of gritty player that manager Kirk Gibson covets. The centerpiece of the new-look Diamondbacks was supposed to be outfielder Adam Eaton, last year’s Pacific Coast League Player of the Year after hitting .377 with 46 doubles and 44 stolen bases. Eaton was in the midst of a strong spring when he sprained his left elbow, knocking him out for six to eight weeks. Another new outfielder, Cody Ross, is hobbled by a calf injury, and Wade Miley, a surprise 16-game winner last year, had a dead arm in camp. But on the brighter side, starter Brandon McCarthy has shown no ill effects from the concussion and skull fracture he absorbed last year with Oakland.
|RF Gerald Parra||.271||7||36|
|3B Martin Prado||.303||10||72|
|2B Aaron Hill||.300||26||85|
|LF Jason Kubel||.253||30||90|
|1B P. Gldschmdt||.286||20||82|
|C M. Montero||.286||15||88|
|CF A.J. Pollock*||.318||3||52|
|SS C. Pennington||.215||6||28|
|RH Ian Kennedy||15-12||4.02||187|
|RH Trevor Cahill||13-12||3.78||156|
|LH Wade Miley||16-11||3.33||144|
|RH B. McCarthy||8-6||3.24||73|
|LH P. Corbin||6-8||4.54||86|
|RH J.J. Putz||2.82||37||4|
4 | Colorado Rockies
He’s here: RHP Jon Garland, RHP Wilton Lopez.
He’s outta here: Manager Jim Tracy, 1B Jason Giambi, RHP Alex White, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Matt Reynolds, LHP Jonathan Sanchez.
Written in Stone: For the Rockies, it all starts with Troy Tulowitzki — and it ended for them last year when Tulo went down with a serious groin injury that knocked him out for the final four months. The result was 98 losses and the worst season in the 20-year franchise history. Now Tulowitzki appears healthy, which is great news for first-year manager Walt Weiss, replacing fired Jim Tracy. In fact, Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio are all back from injuries, which should help improve what was the worst rotation in the majors last year. But the real boost would come if top prospect Drew Pomeranz shows himself ready for prime time after going 2-9 in 22 starts last year. Todd Helton is 39 and in the steady decline phase of his career. While Carlos Gonzalez remains a dangerous player, this is Tulo’s team. But even his return won’t make the Rockies a contender.
|CF Dexter Fowler||.300||13||53|
|2B Josh Rutledge||.269||8||35|
|LF C. Gonzalez||.303||22||85|
|SS T. Tulowitzki||.287||8||27|
|RF M. Cuddyer||.260||16||58|
|1B Todd Helton||.238||7||37|
|3B Chris Nelson||.301||9||53|
|C Willin Rosario||.270||28||71|
|RH J. Chacin||3-5||4.43||45|
|LH J. De La Rosa||0-2||9.28||6|
|RH Juan Nicasio||2-3||5.28||54|
|RH Jon Garland*||1-5||4.33||28|
|LH Jeff Francis||6-7||5.58||76|
|RH R. Betncrt||2.81||31||7|
5 | San Diego Padres
He’s here: RHP Tyson Ross.
He’s outta here: RHP Micah Owings, RHP Dustin Moseley.
Written in Stone: Woe is the Padres, who have had one body blow after another in spring training. Most damaging is the fractured thumb suffered by Chase Headley, the NL RBI champion and their best player. He’s out until at least mid-April. Two promising young pitchers, Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland, are still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and standout rookie Casey Kelly needs the dreaded TJ operation himself. Outfielder Carlos Quentin was still sore all spring from last year’s knee surgery, and would-be starting catcher Yasmani Grandal begins the year suspended 50 games for PEDs. OK, enough misery. One bright spot has been the emergence of second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who hit 30 home runs last year in the minors. He’ll get his shot. And Tyson Ross, just about their lone offseason addition, has exceeded expectations after coming over in a trade with Oakland. Manager Bud Black always does a great job maximizing seemingly subpar talent, but this might be his biggest challenge yet.
|SS Everth Cabrera||.246||2||24|
|RF Will Venable||.264||9||45|
|LF Carlos Quentin||.261||16||46|
|1B Yonder Alonso||.273||9||62|
|C Nick Hundley||.153||3||21|
|CF C. Maybin||.243||8||45|
|3B Alexi Amarista||.240||5||32|
|2B Jedd Gyorko*||.311||30||100|
|RH E. Volquez||11-11||3.99||174|
|LH C. Richard||14-14||3.99||107|
|LH Eric Stults||8-3||2.91||55|
|RH Tyson Ross||2-11||6.50||46|
|RH J. Marquis||8-11||5.22||91|
|RH H. Street||1.85||23||1|