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aug 28, 2016: colorado rockies first baseman daniel descalso (3) hits a double against the washington nationals during the eighth inning at nationals park.(p o: brad mills/usa today sports)

the diamondbacks signed infielder daniel descalso to a one-year deal on tuesday, another offseason move aimed at providing balance to a lineup filled with right-handed hitters.

descalso, a left-handed hitter, is coming off what was perhaps the best offensive season of his career. he posted a .264/.349/.424 slash line for the colorado rockies, putting up numbers nearly as good on the road as he did at hitter-friendly coors field.

descalso, a career .242 hitter with a .667 ops, has played primarily second base, shortstop and third base in his career.

to make room for him on the roster, the diamondbacks designated infielder phil gosselin for ignment. gosselin, a right-handed hitter, hit .277/.324/.368 in a part-time role for the diamondbacks last season.

“he has the ability to play every day if needed, covers multiple positions and balances out the roster for us,” diamondbacks general manager mike hazen said of descalso. “we’re still going to be dominant right-handed, but given the other things we’ve done, along with some of the other guys on the team, it just gives (manager) torey (lovullo) more options, whether it’s giving guys days off or employing platoons in various spots.”

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the diamondbacks also added veteran outfielder gregor blanco, another left-handed hitter, on a minor league deal earlier in the offseason.

the club’s everyday lineup remains heavily right-handed, including paul goldschmidt, a.j. pollock, brandon drury and yasmany tomas.

but the additions of descalso and blanco, along with the anticipated return to health of peralta and perhaps a bigger role for the ver ile chris herrmann, could help the diamondbacks perform better against right-handed pitching next year.

last season, the club had the league’s best ops (.820) against lefties but ranked eighth (.730) against righties.

descalso, 30, will earn $1.35 million this year. the deal also includes a $2 million option for 2018 with a buyout for $150,000, bringing the guaranteed value of the deal to $1.5 million.

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hazen said the diamondbacks are still trying to add help in the bullpen, a unit that posted the majors’ fourth-worst era at 4.94.

the only reliever the team has added on a major league deal is closer fernando rodney, a soon-to-be 40-year-old who posted an era close to 6.00 over the season’s final three months.

“the offseason isn’t over in that regard,” hazen said. “the bullpen as it looks, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the bullpen we’re going to have on opening day.”

diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report to salt river fields on monday.

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delays expected

right-hander rubby de la rosa underwent a second injection of stem-cell the y shortly after christmas, hazen said, and isn’t expected to be ready to pitch by opening day.

de la rosa, who had his first injection in september, is hoping the the y promotes natural healing and allows him to avoid a second tommy john surgery.

hazen said there were signs of healing after the first injection.

“the inflammation had completely gone away,” hazen said. “he was asymptomatic at the time, but we felt like, while we have a chance to try to do this right, we should do as second injection. we just wanted to try to spur as much healing as possible.”

the plan is to bring de la rosa back as a reliever, with the hope that it will put less stress on his arm and help him remain healthy.

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