Despite some constraints, the Diamondbacks got better. They didn’t have much money to spend, settling mostly for around-the-edges improvements like a few big-armed relievers and bench pieces like Evan Longoria
and Kyle Lewis
. But they nailed their big offseason move, trading Daulton Varsho
for catching prospect Gabriel Moreno
and veteran outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
, clearing up a lefty-batting outfield logjam and landing one of the game’s best prospects in Moreno, who just happens to address an organizational weakness. Why no A grade? Because while the Diamondbacks got better, it’s less certain to say they became good. One big, win-now move — akin to their reported flirtation with Xander Bogaerts
— might have put them over the top. — Zach Buchanan