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2016 MLB roster outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks

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2016 MLB roster outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks

2015 record: 79-83, 3rd place in NL West

Manager: Chip Hale, 2nd season

Estimated 2016 payroll: $98 million

Key additions: SP Zack Greinke, SP Shelby Miller, C/OF Chris Herrmann, SP/RP Tim Stauffer, OF Jason Bourgeois

Key losses: OF Ender Inciarte, SS Dansby Swanson, SP Jeremy Hellickson, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, RP David Hernandez

Projected lineup

CF A.J. Pollock
3B Jake Lamb
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF David Peralta
C Welington Castillo
RF Yasmany Tomás
2B Chris Owings
SS Nick Ahmed

Projected rotation
RHP Zack Greinke
RHP Shelby Miller
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Rubby De La Rosa
LHP Robbie Ray

Top relievers
CL Brad Ziegler
RHP Daniel Hudson
LHP Andrew Chafin

Biggest questions entering 2016
1. Will the Zack Greinke contract work out? Greinke has been among the best pitchers in baseball and just nearly missed out on his second career Cy Young award in 2015. But he's 32-years-old and massive contracts for pitchers tend to prove risky. Will he live up to his six-year, $206.5M deal? He will now earn an average of $34.4 million each year, the largest AAV of any player in MLB history. Recent years suggest Greinke will continue to dominate, and he knows the division well, but if he goes back to being the guy he was from 2010-12, that contract will not look so great.

2. Was Shelby Miller worth the price? The other top-shelf starter the Diamondbacks acquired this offseason, Miller comes over in a trade from the Atlanta Braves. The price to get him was steep, as 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson, .300-hitting outfielder Ender Inciarte and prospect Aaron Blair went to Atlanta. That's a significant haul and if Arizona misses on this trade, it could set them back a few years.

3. Can they compete in a loaded NL West? Greinke wasn't the only major addition made by a team in the NL West this offseason. The Giants added starters Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, as well as center fielder Denard Span. The Dodgers signed starters Scott Kazmier and Kenta Maeda, and bring back a talented lineup. The Padres and Rockies are not predicted to compete for the division, but it's baseball and anything can happen. Basically, the division will be super tough at the top and the Diamondbacks will have their work cut out for them to capture their first NL West crown since 2011.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.