Last off-season the Arizona Diamondbacks priority was to find a second baseman after the departure of Orlando Hudson to free agency. They signed Felipe Lopez to a contract for 2009. At the trade deadline Lopez was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers leaving the Diamondbacks looking once again for a middle infielder.

This year the Diamondbacks front office downplayed the need for a second baseman claiming they had internal candidates Rusty Ryal, Ryan Roberts, and fan-favorite Augie Ojeda. These were the same alternatives they had last season so the question is why are they content to use a combination of these three this year?

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