The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled since their improbable run to the 2007 National League Championship series. After two seasons with 90-plus losses, it became abundantly clear that it was time for change. That change started in the front office with the hiring of general manager Kevin Towers. It didn’t start on the field until Towers decided to deal third baseman Mark Reynolds.
On December 6 , as part of the their busy Winter Meetings, the D-backs dealt Reynolds to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for relief pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. It was a move that revealed the philosophy of the new front office.