• It is somewhat surprising that D-backs right-hander Zac Gallen did not finish in the top three in the NL Cy Young voting given the kind of season he had. Instead, Sandy Alcantara, Max Fried and Julio Urías were named the finalists for the award, with Alcantara winning unanimously.
I understand that the D-backs don't get the attention that some of the bigger-market teams get, but it sure feels like Gallen's outstanding season flew under the radar more than it should have, especially with his 44 1/3 scoreless-innings streak, the third longest since Orel Hershiser set the record of 59 in 1988.
"I knew it would be an uphill battle," Gallen said of finishing in the top three. "Those other three guys are unbelievable pitchers, unbelievable competitors, they had great years themselves. I know it helps in the sense of maybe playing in a pennant race or playing in a bigger market, a bit more media exposure and whatnot, so I just tried to go out and do my job. I feel like I deserve to be up there, but some people saw it differently."
Gallen finished in fifth place when the results were announced on MLB Network on Wednesday.
• The D-backs acquired right-handed reliever Carlos Vargas from the Guardians on Tuesday, and it is a really intriguing pickup.
Vargas has to improve his command, but the move shows that the D-backs are going to make a big push this offseason to try to not just add to their bullpen, but add power arms to the ‘pen, something they identified as a weakness the previous few seasons.
• The D-backs also added infielder Blaze Alexander (ranked as the team's No. 14 prospect), outfielder Jorge Barrosa (No. 18), outfielder Dominic Fletcher (No. 13) and right-hander Justin Martinez (No. 30) to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from being eligible to be picked in December’s Rule 5 Draft.
A few notable players left off the 40-man were outfielders Dominic Canzone (No. 19) and Wilderd Patino (No. 16), along with right-hander Conor Grammes (No. 28).
• The D-backs’ decision to designate for assignment outfielder Jordan Luplow and left-hander Caleb Smith were not surprises as both were arbitration-eligible and likely to be non-tendered.
Smith might have been tendered by the D-backs had he not suffered an elbow injury on the final day of the 2022 season.