"We're quiet in our house right now. We've taken the position that we're weeks away from Spring Training, and now we're just going to see what we have. If we need to make adjustments, we'll make adjustments after we see what we have. Right now, we're where we are with the players that we have. I think if you talk to our staff as a whole we are very, very positive and optimistic that what we're going to put on the field is going to be good."
- Dave Stewart
With 13 days left until pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields, it appears all is quiet on the trade and free agent front for the D-backs.
With negotiations at a standstill, the D-backs could be headed to their first salary-arbitration hearing since 2001. The team has not been able to reach an agreement with closer Addison Reed and outfielder Mark Trumbo, who are both eligible for arbitration. Major League Baseball and the teams do not announce when individual arbitrations are scheduled for, but all hearings are scheduled for between Feb. 1-21.
In the two years Tony La Russa spent as a neutral observer — the time between his final managing job and his current role with the Diamondbacks — he found himself sometimes thinking what many think during a run-of-the-mill regular season Major League Baseball game.