Diamondbacks Add to Bench StrengthPosted by Jeff Summers on Jan 13, 2011 in 2010 Off Season | 0 comments
When Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers announced the team was likely finished with their roster overhaul, many wondered if he truly meant that or whether this was just a lull in the storm.
That question was answered today as the Arizona Diamondbacks signed utility man Willie Bloomquist to a one-year deal worth a reported $1.05 million. Bloomquist who played for the Kansas City Royals and the Cincinnati Reds last season adds versatility to manager Kirk Gibson’s bench.
During his career Bloomquist has played every position on the field with the exception of catcher and pitcher. Who knows, he may have an opportunity to play those two positions as well for the Diamondbacks.
All off-season Towers has expressed a desire to have a deep bench made up of veteran players. Bloomquist fits that definition with his willingness to play any position asked. He will add a veteran presence to the clubhouse and help to mold the young core into what Gibson is looking for.
Although the contract is for one year, there is a mutual option for 2012 meaning this may not be a short-term solution but grow into something longer similar to what the Diamondbacks did with Tony Clark a few seasons ago.
Bloomquist is no stranger to the Phoenix area. He played college ball at Arizona State University where he was a standout player before being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1999 amateur draft.
The deal has not been finalized as of yet. With the Diamondbacks having a full 40-man roster a corresponding roster move will need to be made.
And while Towers has said the Diamondbacks are likely through don’t be surprised to see one or two more signings before the beginning of Spring Training. Arizona may still be looking for another starting pitcher that could challenge the youngsters in the rotation and give the Diamondbacks some depth going into the season.