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NL’s best record in April and stayed near the top of the NL West most of the season Matt Kemp Jersey , leading the division at the beginning of every month.A September swoon knocked them quickly out of contention.Plagued by bullpen blowups, untimely hitting slumps and a bit of trying too hard, the Diamondbacks finished a once-promising season 82-80. Arizona had a winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08, but finishing nine games back in the NL West was not what the Diamondbacks had in mind after ending a five-year playoff-less streak last season.“We’re not where we need to be right now, clearly,” Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said Monday. “There were certainly some good things that happened this season, but it wasn’t what we envisioned in terms of what our goals were. Our goal was to go out and compete for a World Series championship and we didn’t do that.”Despite a string of injuries to key players and a couple of summer slumps, Arizona entered September with a one-game lead in the NL West. The Diamondbacks opened the month with three straight losses and finished it 8-19 to drop out of playoff contention.Arizona’s bullpen, reliable most of the season , went into a funk in September, blowing numerous leads. The Diamondbacks’ lineup went flat, producing most of its runs in early innings before going quiet late in games.And, as the pressure built, the Diamondbacks seemed to try too hard to get that big hit or out, often digging the hole even deeper.“When you try so hard to get something and you can’t reach it, it just ends up backing up on you,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.Now the Diamondbacks face a decision: Rebuild or retool slightly.Arizona certainly needs to make changes and could potentially lose two key players in left-hander Patrick Corbin and outfield A.J. Pollock to free agency. The Diamondbacks have to decide if they’re only a couple players away from being contenders again or overhaul the roster.“We need to objectively look at what our circumstances are, what the landscape’s going to be , where we feel like the talent is going to be on our roster, what we can do conceivably to make moves to improve our roster,” Hazen said. “Clearly, we need to improve our roster.”Other things to know about the Diamondbacks’ season:MAGADAN OUTThe Diamondbacks mutually agreed to part ways with hitting coach Dave Magadan on Monday, ending his three-year stint in the desert. Arizona was one of baseball’s worst-hitting teams at .235 this season and has dropped its average each of the past three seasons. The rest of Lovullo’s staff will remain.INJURIESThe Diamondbacks had more than their fair share of injuries.Right-hander Taijuan Walker, a member of the opening day rotation, made three starts before needing season-ending Tommy John surgery. Starting third baseman Jake Lamb had season-ending shoulder surgery in early August. Pollock, fellow outfield Steven Souza Jr. and left-hander Robbie Ray each had stints on the DL.CORBIN AND POLLOCKCorbin was an All-Star and Pollock has put up big numbers when he’s been healthy. The Diamondbacks may not be able to afford either. Corbin is coming off his best season, going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while logging 200 innings for the second time in his career. He will be one of the top free-agent targets for teams this offseason. Pollock hit 21 home runs in an injury-plagued 2018 season and was an All-Star in 2015. Arizona will have two big holes to fill if both leave.GOLDSCHMIDT’S SEASONAll-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had another productive season Chris Young Jersey , finishing with 33 homers and 83 RBIs while hitting .290. But the year didn’t start or end well for him. Goldschmidt had an abysmal first two months of the season and, after a big rebound, closed with a thud, going 7 for 41 with 18 strikeouts over the final 12 games. Goldschmidt, Arizona’s best and most popular player, enters the final year of his contract in 2019, so the Diamondbacks face a big decision. New York Mets corner infielder Todd Frazier underwent an MRI on Monday, which showed he is dealing with an oblique strain, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.Per Tim Healey ofNewsday Cam Bedrosian Jersey , the Mets don't believe the injury is severe, and they are sending him back to New York to get a cortisone shot. There is no timetable for his return.Healey also tweeted video of Frazier discussing the injury:Tim Healey timbhealeyTodd Frazier said this strained left oblique is the first time he has experienced this sort of injury. BKZ4V6Yrd8The 33-year-old Frazier was one of the Mets' big free-agent additions last offseason. They brought him in to supply power and stability at third base in light of David Wright's uncertain status at the time, but he largely struggled in his first season as a Met.Frazier slashed .213/.303/.390 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI in 115 games. The home run and RBI totals were Frazier's lowest since his rookie year with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011.With the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox the previous season, Frazier had a career-high .344 on-base percentage and hit 27 home runs. It was the fourth consecutive year he hit at least 25 homers.While the two-time All-Star is still slated to have a big role with the Mets in 2019, they made some additions that will allow him to serve in a platoon capacity rather than start on a full-time basis.With Jed Lowrie at third base and Pete Alonso at first, the Mets can afford to take a cautious approach with Frazier.

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