Arizona Diamondbacks: Minor league deals might pay off big time
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed pitchers Antonio Bastardo, Kris Medlen, Fernando Salas and Michael Blazek to minor league deals this week.
This group of pitchers has plenty of MLB experience and that may help Arizona in a huge way going forward.
These deals give Arizona some spring training battles and if these four pitchers are able to produce that could propel Arizona as they will be a playoff caliber team this season.
The NL West is basically up for grabs as LA, San Francisco, Arizona and Colorado should be fighting for the top spot in that division.
During the 2017 playoff, Arizona gave up 28 runs in four games (three vs LAD, 1 vs COL). So, pitching is a priority to move up to another level.
Bastardo has had success as a lefty reliever whether it was in Pittsburgh, Philly or with the Mets. Medlen has been around the Braves and Royals organizations but has dealt with the injury bug. Blazek only appeared in five games in 2017 as he posted an ERA over eight. Salas pitched in 61 games last year, but he went 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA with the Mets and Angels.
Sure these signings could end up not helping the D-backs bullpen, but if Salas shows up like he did with the Halos then Arizona is cooking with fire.
Pitching depth is hard to come by. However, with these four pitchers pushing younger arms to improve it’s hard to imagine Arizona not getting better.
Bastardo could still be a lefty specialist and Salas is still able to strikeout opponents on a consistent basis. Blazek is still young and might be worth a look for the long-term plans of the D-backs. Medlen is also a work in progress. With his experience in the pen and rotation over his career, he could find himself back on a big league roster. Either with the Arizona Diamondbacks or somewhere else.