At the conclusion of the 1998 season, then owner Jerry Colangelo made a decision to change the plans for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Instead of attempting to grow the fan base slowly as the team was built from high draft choices obtained by finishing at the bottom of the standings for an extended period, Colangelo decided the team needed a “win now” attitude.
During the off-season General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr. set out to sign veteran players who wanted to win. It began with the Diamondbacks bringing Todd Stottlemyre to the desert. They went on to sign left-hander Greg Swindell, infielder Greg Colbrunn, and right-hander Armando Reynoso. They traded for left fielder Luis Gonzalez to strengthen the outfield and the coup of the off-season was signing left-hander Randy Johnson.