In an attempt to be competitive in Season 2, the Arizona have made two free agent pickups this off season.
First, The Hitmen have signed Catcher Julio Alvarado to a three year deal worth $9.6 million. During Season 1, the 27-year old hit .249 with 13 home runs and 41 RBIs in 422 at-bats with Vancouver. The Hitmen expect Alvarado to bat in bottom third of the order.
Second, The Hitmen have brought in Starting Pitcher George Houston. Houston was signed to a five-year contract with $3.8 million per year. Many Arizona fans are a little skeptical of the contract, given that Houston has yet to pitch in the major leagues, however, The Hitmen front office are confident that he will strengthen their rotation. Last season in Triple-A, Houston posted a 12-10 record, pitching 185.1 innings, striking out 164 batters and allowing a 4.37 ERA.