D’Backs Notes: Kendrick, Byrnes, Reynolds

The Diamondbacks' main additions this offseason have been Adam LaRoche, Edwin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Heilman, and Bob Howry.  They also exercised Brandon Webb's option and received Tony Abreu as the player to be named later in the Jon Garland trade.  On the flip side, they subtracted Max Scherzer, Doug Davis, Yusmeiro Petit, and Daniel Schlereth from the pitching staff.

MLB.com's Steve Gilbert interviewed D'Backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick, while AZ Snakepit's Jim McLennan talked to GM Josh Byrnes.  Hot stove notes:

  • Regarding LaRoche, Kendrick said, "There were a couple of other possibilities, and we were going to be able to do one of them."
  • Given the losses of Webb and Conor Jackson last year, Kendrick considers them on par with big free agent additions for 2010.
  • Kendrick spoke of four or five guys the D'Backs would prefer not to go year-to-year with, third baseman Mark Reynolds among them.  Kendrick believes the time for those discussions is before the season begins.  Reynolds will be arbitration-eligible for the first time in 2011, as he just missed the cutoff this time around.
  • Byrnes spoke of "a pendulum in the game," where some teams chase a new philosophy to the extent that it creates a market inefficiency.
  • Byrnes carefully explained why he traded Scherzer, suggesting Jackson has gotten "to that next level" while Scherzer hasn't.  He also explained how that three-way deal came together – 90% was done quickly, and then there was "about a month of starting at each other and seeing if there were another deal, improvements or alternatives out there either club liked."

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