The NL West features some of the most dynamic lineups and some of the most intimidating pitching staffs. This offseason every team made at least one significant move to upgrade. Here is a look at each team’s biggest offseason pickup.
Last season, Paul Goldschmidt put up MVP numbers in a lineup with little protection. During baseball’s winter meetings, the team traded for Mark Trumbo to help supply some much needed power around Goldschmidt. The two should team up to be one of the game’s strongest power duos. Trumbo last season, launched 34 homeruns and he has totaled 95 in just three big league seasons. Pitching staffs will no longer be able to pitch around Goldschmidt with Trumbo’s powerful bat in the lineup.
In another winter meeting move, the Colorado Rockies acquired Brett Anderson from the Oakland A’s. Although Anderson has only started in 11 games the past two seasons due to arm injuries, he can be a top-tier starter when healthy. He is able keep the ball down and has almost a two to one ground ball to fly ball ratio in his career, which should help in hitter friendly Coors Field. If he can remain healthy, the 26 year old can move into the top end of a solid Rockies rotation.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Having a dynamite back end of the bullpen can help teams shorten games. The Los Angeles Dodgers who already have one of the best rotations in the game, have one of the best back-ends of the bullpens, too. Even though they signed Brian Wilson late last season, keeping the former closer as the setup man will make them very hard to beat late in games. He could even step back into the closer role if it became necessary. Wilson showed last season that he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, by allowing only one run in his 13.2 innings of work. If they have a late lead, they will surely be tough to beat.
San Francisco Giants
Even though the team signed veteran pitcher Tim Hudson this offseason, Michael Morse is the Giants’ biggest signing. Morse showed in three season with the Nationals that when he is healthy he is a force in the lineup. During those three years he hit 64 homers. By adding this bat into the lineup, the Giants may finally be able to showcase a powerful lineup that they have lacked for years.
San Diego Padres
Much like the Rockies addition of Anderson, the Padres signed veteran pitcher Josh Johnson. He is pitcher who could make a big impact. In Johnson, the Padres have a pitcher who once led the league in ERA, was a Cy Young contender, and has even had five full seasons with an ERA under four. His last two season have been riddled with injuries. He was only able to start in 16 games last year and was ineffective when he was on the mound. If he can pitch anywhere near his career 3.40 ERA, the Padres will have a bargain.
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