How will the lineup cover the loss of Justin Upton?
Sure, Upton had his slump periods and they still finished ninth in runs and OPS last year, but it'll take a lot for them to keep that up.
Placing more on the shoulders of Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero could prove underwhelming, at least for 2013. Godly boasts an alluring long-term profile, but his infrequent contact puts pressure on him to make the most of his hits. Stolen bases (smarts, not necessarily swiftness) will pad his output, but he'll simply hope to match an over-the-top investment.
Montero still hates facing southpaws, and a lot of his security has been based on majority work; if Arizona limits his at-bats, his returns will dwindle.
They're probably relying a tad too much on two other big pieces from last year (more on that after the jump), but in exchange for Upton, they snared a safety net. Martin Prado could hit second or fifth, but either way, moving to Chase Field will probably add a few homers to his stellar batting average pedigree. It still won't vault him to ideal 3B territory, but his additional outfield eligibility augments his appeal.
A late-season stint teased power crammed into 5-foot-8, 185-pound Adam Eaton, but it won't come in droves this year, especially if his rehab from a broken right hand hits a snag. Buy this pest for relatively cheap steals and runs, if you're confident in his chances to stay at leadoff, but don't expect leaps-and-bounds blossoming.
Cody Ross, who enjoyed a 2012 renaissance, should sustain his power at this park, which has preserved righty Snakes' venom. Gerardo Parra, however, will steal outfield time at all three spots, with Ross seemingly the most vulnerable to capitulate PAs due to his plate flaws.
Cliff Pennington ... whatever.
With many fresh faces, this is a lineup that could break through in 2014, not this year, at least in terms of bankability in the team-oriented runs and RBI columns.
Now, circling back. ...
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