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"The Diamondbacks have had a strange offseason, a hard one to explain. They’ve spent some money, but in ways that make it hard to see why. They’ve let one of their best players go and traded another. They’re sort of into a rebuilding process, but with a team that projects to be in the vicinity of .500 and with a $130 million payroll. They’re making internal personnel decisions, aligning their talent, in ways that don’t make a lot of sense. It feels like they’ve both wasted an opportunity to build on two winning seasons, alienated the locals, and still not done anything to make the 2020-22 Diamondbacks a threat in the NL West."