October 12, 2006
Since the season is now over for the Arizona Diamondbacks there are many decisions that need to be made. Each player and coach will be assessed to determine whether they fit within the vision that the franchise has for 2007 and beyond. It will not just be talent that will be evaluated, there are also other factors. Every year we hear about chemistry and how important it is not just on the field but in the clubhouse. When a team works closely together over the course of 162 games it becomes paramount that the players and coaches be on the same page and working towards the same team goals instead of 25 players working on individual goals with hopes that the team will benefit. So when general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bob Melvin meet they will go over each player and see if they are a piece to the puzzle or if they go in the extras box to be used as trading material to find pieces that better fit. When all of the pieces have been laid out and Byrnes and Melvin have a clear picture of what the puzzle will look like, then the hard part begins. Can we afford to put this puzzle together?