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New-Look Diamondbacks are Going for it

Thanks to an extremely aggressive offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks are officially in win-now mode. That means 2016 is going to be an interesting one in the desert.

The D-Backs shocked the baseball world by shelling out a whopping $207 million to ex-Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and traded for Shelby Miller to help bolster the starting rotation. The addition of Tyler Clippard helps strengthen the bullpen, while the team is hoping a change of scenery is going to help get Jean Segura back on track.

Considering this team is coming off a 79-83 campaign that saw them finish third in the National League West Division, does the offseason makeover mean sportsbooks are projecting them to do big things this year? Not quite.

At online shop Bovada, the Snakes are +2500 to win the World Series, +1400 to garner the National League pennant and +400 to take home the NL West. It’s going to be a tall order to eclipse heavyweights like the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, but there’s plenty of value there if you think this team has what it takes.

The shop is dealing a season win total of 82.5 for the D-Backs, another appealing number for sports bettors. If the new additions come together and develop chemistry early, this team could easily challenge for the division, which means the OVER would be a very achievable goal.

Due to the top to bottom talent the Dodgers and Giants possess, it’s going to be tough for Arizona to win the division, however an 85-90 win season would put them in contention for one of the two Wild Card spots.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is entering his prime at 28, and he’s already established himself as one of scariest hitters in the bigs. Surrounding him with an influx in talent should take him to new heights – a welcome change for a slugger whose supporting cast has never been able to come close to reciprocating his efforts at the plate.

The rotation fades a bit after its big three of Greinke, Miller and Tyler Corbin, but if Rubby De La Rosa can finally piece things together this season, it should be formidable enough to make a run.

This is a franchise that went from afterthought to interesting, which is something we haven’t said about them in quite some time. Arizona is far from a lock to do some damage, though. The 2015 San Diego Padres followed a similar path last year but parlayed a busy offseason into a 74-88 record.

But the D-backs were tired of being door mats and did something about it, and you have to respect them for going for it. Chase Field hasn’t hosted postseason baseball since 2011, and the 2016 campaign marks their best opportunity to reverse that trend since then.

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2016 Arizona Diamondbacks Futures Odds
MarketOdds
World Series+2500
National League Pennant+1400
National League West+400
Win Totals82.5

Odds as of April 1 at Bovada

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