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NL West team-by-team hot stove preview

With the World Series in the rearview mirror, all 30 major league teams are ready to look ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be the one holding the championship trophy next year at this time. Teams have until Monday to decline or accept any options they have on their current players before free agency gets into full swing, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs that were watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Our snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason concludes today with a look at the National League West.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Big decisions: Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall has confirmed that a $90 million estimated payroll is "probably a number that makes a lot of sense right now," though he says there is a possibility of another $5-10 million being added to that total under the right circumstances. With an eye on finances, hiring Chip Hale to manage this club likely will end up being the biggest move this team will make this offseason.

Team needs: Arizona could certainly use some new blood on the pitching staff, which last season finished 14th in the NL with a 4.26 ERA. However, the team is likely to rely on internal options, having picked up the options on Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic notes, both pitchers "spent most of this year working their way back from Tommy John surgery." … The team also hopes prospect Archie Bradley is finally ready to take a step forward to the major leagues. His progress in the Arizona Fall League seems to indicate there's a real chance of that happening.

Early buzz: The best chance of a deal seems to be at shortstop, where the team has an abundance in Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington. Piecoro believes that "if the Diamondbacks wanted to add starting pitching and wanted to add it now, they could probably use one of their young shortstops, namely Gregorius or Ahmed, as currency." ESPN's Mark Simon thinks the New York Mets might be a match, especially since the new Arizona regime (Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart) is "familiar with [general manager Sandy] Alderson, as the three were all integral parts of the Oakland Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s."