D-backs GM eyes changes after disappointing season

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 4:30 p.m. MDT

"Numbers-wise I don't think anybody matches up," Gibson said. "The numbers in themselves are an indicator of who you have, but the intangibles are really what I look for. I think that's where your impact comes in. ... I think you could call Aaron Hill relentless. He likes baseball. He enjoys the game. We're very, very excited about Aaron on our team."

Jason Kubel had a big early season in left field but tailed off badly at the plate in recent weeks. His average dipped to .253 but he still led the team in homers (30) and RBIs (90). First baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.286, 20 home runs, 82 RBIs) had a strong first full season, as did rookie left-hander Wade Miley (16-11, 3.33 ERA). Montero, who got a big new contract before the season began, batted .286 with 82 RBIs. Ian Kennedy, a 21-game winner in 2011, recovered from a slow start to finish 15-12.

But it didn't add up to the kind of long winning streaks the Diamondbacks needed to make a playoff run.

"We didn't execute like we did last year but people made adjustments to us," Gibson said. "So it's on us to make adjustments to them."

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