Offseason Grades: NL West

Jake DeWitt

San Francisco Giants (B+)
Key Additions: Mark Melancon (Closer)
Key Losses: Chris Heston (SP)

The Giants failed to sign 3B Justin Turner away from the Dodgers, which arguably would have been a bigger splash than signing closer Mark Melcancon. Yet, GM Brian Sabean seems comfortable with rolling out Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie at the hot corner, and Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker in left field. The offense could struggle mightily next season, but they should certainly improve their win total by blowing less games. The Giants led the league in blown saves during the regular season – and it wasn’t even close.

Los Angeles Dodgers (A)
Key Additions: None
Key Losses: Josh Reddick (OF), Jesse Chavez (P)

The loss of Josh Reddick does not hurt at all. It might even help the Dodgers by providing clarity day-to-day on who will start in a crowded outfield. The big moves for the Dodgers were simply keeping the players they had on their 2016 roster. Signing closer Kenley Jansen, starter Rich Hill, and 3B Justin Turner are moves that keep Los Angeles in World Series conversation.

Colorado Rockies (A)
Key Additions: Ian Desmond (IF/OF)
Key Losses: None

The signing of Ian Desmond, who will likely play first base, opens the door for a trade of Charlie Blackmon. David Dahl would slot in as the everyday centerfielder. But imagine this lineup playing 81 games at Coors Field: DJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon (or David Dahl), and Ian Desmond. Whew, talk about taking the over in every single game. The Rockies should be the most improved team in the NL West in 2017.

Arizona Diamondbacks (C+)
Key Additions: Tijuan Walker (SP), Ketel Marte (SS), Fernando Rodney (Closer)
Key Losses: Jean Segura (SS)

Arizona continues to make moves that puzzle the baseball industry. Jean Segura enjoyed a career year, but was shipped to the Mariners for an inconsistent starter and shortstop with average tools. The starting lineup is still pretty good, but the window of opportunity is closing fast with Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock wasting the best years of their careers in the desert.

San Diego Padres (D)
Key Additions: None
Key Losses: Jon Jay (OF)

I don’t even want to talk about the Padres. AJ Prellar ran this team into the ground after depleting a loaded farm system to acquire players like Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, and Matt Kemp – none of whom are on the roster today. San Diego will be bad next year, and probably the next 15 years.


Author: Thrive Nation

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