Remodeled D-backs look to escape NL West cellar

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jarrod Parker, right, goes through drills as fellow pitchers look on at the team's spring training baseball facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jarrod Parker, right, goes through drills as fellow pitchers look on at the team's spring training baseball facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez

PHOENIX (AP) -- The wind should die down at Chase Field this season after last year's Arizona Diamondbacks smashed the major league record for strikeouts. Whether this vastly remodeled version can escape the NL West cellar is an open question.

Third baseman Mark Reynolds, who led the majors in strikeouts three years in a row, was shipped off to Baltimore, and the team made no effort to re-sign the No. 2 culprit, first baseman Adam LaRoche. Thus two men responsible for 383 of Arizona's 1,529 strikeouts are gone.

New general manager Kevin Towers has made a lot of changes, especially in the bullpen, and is likely to make many more.

Entering his first full season, manager Kirk Gibson is out to change the losing culture.

A sour spring shows there is plenty of work yet to be done.