As the Winter Meetings approach, the D-backs find themselves with a young, everyday lineup that appears to be set and depth on the bench. They return all of their relievers from 2007 and are comfortable with the depth they have there.
The one thing the D-backs are looking for is at least one starting pitcher. Arizona doesn't expect to be a player in the free-agent market and instead will aggressively try and use a trade to fill at least one spot in the rotation.
2007 finish: 90-72, first place, NL West; Lost in NLCS to Rockies
Deals so far: None
Players eligible for arbitration: RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Edgar Gonzalez, 2B Orlando Hudson, RHP Brandon Lyon, INF Augie Ojeda, C Chris Snyder, RHP Jose Valverde.
Free agents: 1B Tony Clark, INF Jeff Cirillo, RHP Livan Hernandez, RHP Bob Wickman.
Needs: Starting pitching. The D-backs have Brandon Webb, Doug Davis and Randy Johnson (if he's healthy) written into the rotation for 2008. Micah Owings is certainly a favorite to grab a spot based on his performance at times in 2007, which leaves Arizona with one or two spots to fill depending on Johnson's health.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.