Derrick Hall On Diamondbacks’ Offseason Priorities, Miley As ROY

Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall recently held an online town hall meeting with fans (transcript courtesy of MLB.com). Here are the highlights:

  • Hall says there will not be a major overhaul of the Diamondbacks this offseason, but more of a tweaking. The focus of that tweaking will be the left side of the infield and "it is safe to say" a left-handed bullpen specialist. The club will look to do so through trades. Hall, however, would like to keep their pitching (both starting rotation and bullpen) and any of their young talent, so look for the Snakes to use their outfield logjam as trade bait.
  • One outfielder mentioned as a trade candidate is Chris Young. "If we decide to move anyone, we always take chemistry into account and how such a move will impact our club," Hall explained. Neither the fans nor Hall brought up the Justin Upton trade rumors.
  • On picking up the $6.5 MM option on closer J.J. Putz for next season, "It is likely a priority of ours," said Hall. "He has been outstanding. He is a great leader in that bullpen and mentor to our relievers. We have had so much confidence turning the ball over to him to close out games, it is hard to imagine us not doing so."
  • Admitting his bias, Hall said left-hander Wade Miley should win the NL Rookie of the Year award, "He was fantastic and clearly our most consistent starter. He was dominant most of the season, which is difficult to accomplish as a rookie."
  • Though the team finished third after winning the NL West a year ago, Hall saw some positives in 2012, "I think we all expected more. But we had some great individual years when you look at Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero, Jason Kubel, J.J. Putz, Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez and Wade Miley, to name a few. And our Minor League system is very strong. We had five teams make the playoffs and they brought home four different championships."


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8 Comments on "Derrick Hall On Diamondbacks’ Offseason Priorities, Miley As ROY"


No Neck
2 years 10 months ago

I can endorse Miley as a RoY frontrunner…

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Wade Miley will enjoy a lovely third-place RoY finish in my book.

EDIT: Those of you downvoting this have heard of Mssrs Harper and Aoki right?

diehardmets
2 years 10 months ago

Aoki really isn’t that close (only 2.9 WAR) but I can see the argument for Miley (4.8 WAR) vs Harper (4.9 WAR).

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

I just feel like the hype tends to be more on hitters, which gets reflected in the vote. (My comment wasn’t about who deserved it, it was about how I thought it’d go down.)

diehardmets
2 years 10 months ago

In that case, Harper all the way.

2 years 10 months ago

Wrong Chris Young.

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Of course every GM wants their player to win ROY.
I think that Chris Young will have some interest this winter. $8.5M in 2013 and $11M option in 2014. I see him as a simialiar player to BJ Upton, maybe not quite as good, but they are similiar. If Upton is getting $14M aav then it makes sense since he is cheaper.

2 years 10 months ago

Looking at stats, I would say that Wade Miley is more deserving of ROTY than Bryce Harper and Todd Frazier The numbers he put up would make him any team’s #2 starter at worst.

As for Chris Young, it should be Chris B. Young (the center fielder), not Chris R. Young (the pitcher).