Scouting the NL West for the 2014 season 

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  • The addition of Mark Trumbo makes the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup even more dangerous.
Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 record: 81-81 (second place)

Key offseason moves: Traded for outfielder Mark Trumbo, signed right-hander Bronson Arroyo

Outlook: The addition of Trumbo gives the Diamondbacks a dynamic 1-2 punch in the middle of their lineup to go along with emerging star Paul Goldschmidt. Arroyo helps the pitching staff, but the rotation took a big hit with news that projected Opening Day starter Patrick Corbin has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will need surgery.

Colorado Rockies

2013 record: 74-88 (fifth place)

Key offseason moves: Signed first baseman Justin Morneau, traded for outfielder Drew Stubbs, traded for left-hander Brett Anderson

Outlook: The Rockies seem to face the same question entering every season: Does Colorado have enough pitching? We know the Rockies will score runs with a lineup built around stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Ex-A’s lefty Anderson will try to help fix last year’s 4.44 team ERA, 28th in baseball.

Los Angeles Dodgers

2013 record: 92-70 (first place)

Key offseason moves: Signed right-hander Dan Haren, re-signed reliever Brian Wilson

Outlook: The Dodgers turned the highest payroll in baseball into an NL West title last year, and will be the favorites to do so again in 2014. Ace Clayton Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, but Dan Haren and Josh Beckett are question marks at the back end of the rotation. Talented but oft-injured outfielder Matt Kemp likely won’t be ready by Opening Day after recovering from left ankle and left shoulder surgeries.

San Diego Padres

2013 record: 76-86 (tie for third place)

Key offseason moves: Signed right-hander Josh Johnson, signed reliever Joaquin Benoit

Outlook: The Padres need third baseman Chase Headley to recapture his 2012 form (115 RBIs). His production took a big dip in 2013, likely in part to a thumb injury he suffered in spring training, as he had just 13 home runs and 50 RBIs in 141 games. Andrew Cashner (3.09 ERA) emerged as a quality starter and if Johnson can bounce back, the pitching should be solid.

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