Diamondbacks hope to rebound in 2009

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Chase Field is quiet.

Unlike last fall, there's no red, white and blue bunting. No preparations for playoff baseball.

Manager Bob Melvin calls it "kind of an empty feeling."

Most of the rest of a young team is expected to return next season as the Diamondbacks try to recapture the formula that won the division title last year.

In 2007, the upstart Diamondbacks surged to their fourth division title in 10 seasons, winning a league-high 90 games despite being outscored by 20 runs across the season.

This year, Arizona scored 14 more runs than it gave up but finished with 82 victories. Arizona ended two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the woeful NL West.

General manager Josh Byrnes wouldn't rule out a venture into the free agent market this winter. But the Diamondbacks more likely will upgrade through trades.