Confident Diamondbacks go back to basics in first workouts

BY foxsports • February 23, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) With a back-to-basics approach, the Arizona Diamondbacks had their first full-squad workout of spring training Tuesday in the bright sunshine of Scottsdale.

Manager Chip Hale and team President Derrick Hall addressed the players before they hit the fields.

Hall says the players realize the organization has filled holes in the lineup and spent more money than it has in years.

The big acquisition, of course, was Zack Greinke, who signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract with $61.5 million deferred.

Hall says that deferring salary is a one-time strategy and there are no plans to do it with any other players. The Diamondbacks got into financial trouble in their early days after deferring large chunks of money for Randy Johnson, Matt Williams and others.