As all 30 clubs prepare for Spring Training next week(!), several teams are putting that last piece into place. For the Diamondbacks, an opportunity to bolster the bench was too much to pass up.
Arizona signed Daniel Descalso to a one-year, $1.5 million deal this week. Descalso gives Arizona versatility in the field, as he can play up to four positions. A member of the Cardinals during both the 2011 and 2013 World Series runs, Descalso gives the D-Backs postseason perspective, if nothing else. Statistics say Descalso won't do much, single-handedly, to improve this team, but it sure is a smart deal to make right before the good get separated from the bad over the course of the next few weeks.
Here's what else is happening around the National League West:
The Padres are looking to make the best of an unfortunate situation. Ever since the San Diego Chargers announced they were moving to Los Angeles, the Pads have made an effort to attract Chargers season ticket holders toward perhaps buying Padres season tickets. Many Charger fans have given up their allegiance for their football team upon its departure, so the Padres must hope they can cater to the area. Either way, those football fans are going to realize that PETCO Park is an improvement over 50-year-old Qualcomm Stadium.
Javier L. Lopez called it a career earlier this week after 14 MLB seasons. Lopez broke in with the Rockies in 2003, and spent a few years bouncing between Arizona, Boston, and Pittsburgh, but he spent the majority of his career with the Giants, where he won three World Series titles. Lopez was a reliable reliever his entire career, and finished with an ERA of 3.58.
Logan Forsythe is headed to L.A. The former Tampa Bay Ray was exchanged for pitcher José De León. Fulfilling their need for a second baseman, the Dodgers are also getting a reliable bat to help them through the first half of the season. On the other hand, the Rays are getting an outstanding prospect in De León, who dominated at the Triple-A level. It could be interesting to look at the fallout of this trade--who's going to end up winning it?