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July 24, 2017

It’s our 4,000th J.D. Martinez mention of the column, everybody do a shot! The addition of the power-hitting outfielder has fortified an already dangerous middle of Arizona's lineup. The rotation is the most improved in baseball. And the bullpen received a big boost from young righty Archie Bradley and unheralded lefty Andrew Chafin.

So as wild as it sounds, a team that lost 93 games last season may not need much more than a tweak or two to round out the roster for the home stretch. The Diamondbacks enter the week with a 4 1/2-game lead in the wild-card race, so maybe they'll want to grab one more bullpen arm as insurance against a Fernando Rodney meltdown or consider a bopper for the bench. Other than that, the rest of the league better not sleep on a very good Diamondbacks team, one that could do serious damage in October.

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