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The Arizona Diamondbacks’ roster appears set

There are only two players left to be re-assigned, and we have a good idea who they’ll be.

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With the departures of Nick Green, Ildemaro Vargas and Mark Rzepczynski off the D-backs’ island today, the team now has 27 players left in spring training. What do we have?

Starting pitchers

  1. Zack Greinke
  2. Robbie Ray
  3. Zack Godley
  4. Luke Weaver
  5. Merrill Kelly

No surprises here. These were the expected starting five and in the expected order as well. It would have taken some major problems - most likely in the health department - for anyone else to displace any of these pitchers. Godley and Kelly had their wobbles in the early stages, but ended up being reasonable enough to pass muster.

Relief pitchers

  • Closer: Greg Holland
  • Archie Bradley
  • Yoshihisa Hirano
  • Andrew Chafin
  • Yoan Lopez
  • Matt Andriese
  • Matt Koch
  • T.J. McFarland

While still technically present, McFarland is all but certain to start the season on the DL, having been shut down for a shoulder issue three weeks ago. He was scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday, but he’ll need a rehab assignment before he’s able to come back. That leaves the bullpen as the remaining seven members: interestingly, Chafin will be the only left-hander until McFarland returns. The other news today was the official anointment of Holland as the closer. He really has been thoroughly unimpressive this spring, both in recorded velocity and overall results, but it fits the pattern of the previous two seasons, where experienced free-ageny signings Brad Boxberger and Fernando Rodney got the job.

Position players

  • C. Carson Kelly
  • 1B. Jake Lamb
  • 2B. Ketel Marte
  • SS. Nick Ahmed
  • 3B. Eduardo Escobar
  • LF. David Peralta
  • CF. Adam Jones
  • RF. Steven Souza

The signing of Adam Jones is the only ripple here, but it did have something of a knock-on effect. There seems likely to be a fair amount of platooning and switching up of positions, with Marte and Jones sharing center-field duties, and a number of other players (here and on the bench) with experience at multiple positions. Health permitting, I think we’ll end the year with Peralta getting most plate appearances, ahead of Ahmed and Escobar. It’s possible to envisage a scenario where they end up being the only three D-backs with enough PA to qualify.


  • C. Alex Avila
  • C. John Ryan Murphy
  • 1B. Christian Walker
  • IF. Wilmer Flores
  • OF. Jarrod Dyson
  • OF. Socrates Brito

That would be the final roster spot to be decided, and would mean that the team will once again be (sigh) carrying three catchers, Murphy squeaking onto the roster as the 25th man. You’d be hard-pushed to say either Murphy or Brito have had a great spring: Murphy’s OPS is only .595, but that’s still a couple of hundred points better than Brito’s .393. Both men are out of options, but by leaving the decision until so late in proceedings, I imagine the team is hoping that Brito can be snuck through waivers, with other teams having also all but set their rosters.

All subject to change over the next 72 hours or so, but it would appear that the 25 men outlined above will be your 2019 Opening Day Arizona Diamondbacks.