D-Backs' future rests with youngsters

Originally Published: February 23, 2005
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball America
The Diamondbacks sent mixed messages this offseason after a miserable 2004 campaign. Just three years removed from a World Series title, they suffered through a rash of injuries and lost a major league-high 111 games. Fifty-two players suited up for Arizona, including 13 who made their big league debut.

To add insult to injury, the Diamondbacks since have traded their lone superstar (Randy Johnson) and top run producer (Shea Hillenbrand). Their first choice for manager (Wally Backman) lasted just four days on the job before being fired and replaced by Bob Melvin.