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The Diamondbacks did some last-minute Christmas shopping on Friday, acquiring catcher Gabriel Moreno and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Daulton Varsho. Moreno, 22, was ranked by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in baseball entering the 2022 season. He is currently listed at No. 3 in Baseball America’s…

Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen reacts after allowing a home run to Kris Bryant at Chase Field.

For the first time since early 2020, there is a palpable buzz around the Diamondbacks. It’s not that the Diamondbacks are favored to win the NL West. Heck, the San Francisco Giants just signed Carlos Correa — the latest addition to a long list of obstacles in what is arguably baseball’s best division. It’s that there is an increasing sense among fans that the next generation of Diamondbacks — including Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy, Alek Thomas and a plethora of young pitchers in Drey Jameson, Ryne Nelson and eventually Brandon Pfaadt — could usher in a new era of Diamondbacks baseball that is not only good, but sustainable. In many respects, that hype is justified. The emerging core…

In a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daulton Varsho, Houston Astros starting pitcher Christian Javier could be a primary part of the return.

It’s no secret that the Diamondbacks have been discussing trades for their young outfielders in recent days, but those rumors got more specific on Monday as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that the Diamondbacks and Houston Astros have discussed a trade that would send outfielder Daulton Varsho to Houston. https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1602400289662935040?s=20&t=0jzApYKySa4MDbe9qiFR7w With free agent Brandon Nimmo now off the board, Varsho is arguably the most valuable outfielder readily available. The only comparable player is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds, who is more accomplished offensively but leaps and bounds behind Varsho on defense. Varsho would certainly net a handsome return in a trade for Arizona, but that doesn’t mean that the Diamondbacks want to part with him. Not only was he one…

Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy slides into home plate at Minute Maid Park.

Anyone who watched more than a few Diamondbacks games in 2022 knows that speed was one of the team’s defining characteristics. Infield hits, stealing bases, singles stretched into doubles — all were hallmarks of the 2022 Diamondbacks. Granted, not every player on the team was fast. (Don’t be fooled by Carson Kelly’s first stolen base since he was a 19-year-old...

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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daulton Varsho makes a catch at Chase Field.

Remember what it feels like to have a player snubbed in end-of-year awards, Diamondbacks fans? Memories of Paul Goldschmidt’s second-place finish in 2013 NL MVP voting may have rushed back for some on Tuesday, as outfielder Daulton Varsho fell short of winning his first career Gold Glove award. While unfortunate for fans, Varsho’s exclusion was somewhat unsurprising. Despite being a...

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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daulton Varsho attempts to make a play on a fly ball at Guaranteed Rate Field.

From 2010 to 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ defense was the best in baseball by a wide margin. After slipping back to near average in 2020, the 2021 Diamondbacks might have had the worst defensive season in franchise history. A year later, that seems like a distant memory. After posting a major-league worst minus-48 defensive runs saved in 2021, the Diamondbacks...

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Diamondbacks second half storyline Corbin Carroll throws during minor-league mini-camp at Salt River Fields.

The All-Star break has come and gone, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ second half gets underway on Friday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Torey Lovullo knows his team has a lot of work to do. “Our record is what it is,” Lovullo said. “We know that we’ve won 40 baseball games, and for me, that’s not very satisfying.” The Diamondbacks stumbled to the halfway point, dropping four of their five series in July and losing 26 of their last 41 games since June 1. “I feel like we can improve on a lot of areas,” Lovullo said. “There [have] been some chips that we’ve left on the table, whether it’s been picking up the baseball defensively, making pitches, landing pitches at…

Apr 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) waits on deck against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With the possible exception of the starting pitching, nothing has gone right for the team in 2022. They lead the league in errors. The bullpen has the fewest strikeouts in the majors. But it’s no secret that, if any one aspect of the team should take the majority of the blame for the 3-8 start, it’s the offense.

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