Transaction Analysis

Diamondbacks sign Mark Grace for 2 years, $6 million

This is a very questionable move.  The bankrupt Diamondbacks add another aging veteran to their team.  Grace will fit right in with their other stars as most of them are on the wrong end of 35.  In 510 at bats last season, Grace hit .280, with a .394 OBP, .429 slugging, 11 HR, and 82 RBI.  In a comparable 525 at-bats last season, the D-Backs platoon of Greg Colbrunn and Erubial Durazo hit .295, with a .393 OBP, .493 slugging, 23 HR, and 90 RBI.  While Grace plays a little better defense than the two the D-Backs already had, they will have a drop off in offense at first base, and are paying free agent money to do so.  The team surely doesn’t need veteran leadership, if anything they need a boost of youth. This is a bad move by an organization that may take a very large fall very quickly.

Triple Steal Rating: Out

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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