Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the MLB with their domination of the NL West. The Dbacks, coming off a terrible season in 2010, revamped their bullpen highlighted by new closer J.J. Putz. With a young core of Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Chris Young in the lineup and starting pitchers, Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy, Arizona’s future looked promising. They even took the favored Milwaukee Brewers into a fifth game in the first round of the playoffs.
Yesterday, the Diamondbacks made a deal that solidified the Diamondbacks continued succes, acquiring Oakland Athletics starter, Trevor Cahill who is an up and coming star at the age of 23. The top three starters for Arizona are now 23 years old, 24 and 26. With such a talented young nucleus as well as veterans such as Ryan Roberts, Aaron Hill, J.J.Putz and Jason Marquis, Arizona will be a force to be reckoned with for the next several years. With the addition of Cahill, they have acquired a dominant third starter, giving them much needed stability in the rotation. They will have to compete with the talented and former World Series champion San Francisco Giants every year in the west, but with the Dbacks youth movement, it looks like they will consistently contend not only for a playoff spot, but a World Series as well.