The Arizona Diamondbacks kicked off the 2011 season over the weekend by splitting a pair of games with the Colorado Rockies, which is encouraging considering they ended last season with the third-worst record in baseball.
The D-Backs ended last season with a 65-97 record, earning them last place in the National League West. However, the team made some big personnel changes in the off-season that will hopefully correct some of the problems -- most notably, the bullpen.
The team hired a new general manager, Kevin Towers, who acknowledged the team's bullpen issues and promised to replace some of the attitude in the D-Backs clubhouse with a little talent.
Towers signed Chicago White Sox reliever JJ Putz as the team's closer and traded Mark Reynolds to Baltimore for relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. He also signed side-arm, left-handed rookie Joe Paterson to help out in relief.
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