Sizing up the new-look Arizona Diamondbacks.

If you’re Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson — who among us hasn’t had that thought, if not since 1988 — your 2013 lineup just took an interesting turn.

Justin Upton is out. Martin Prado is in. There’s room for Adam Eaton, whose arm and foot speed and ability to hit for average brings the promise of being the team’s everyday center fielder for years to come.

But something’s undeniably missing. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports identifies it toward the end of today’s eye-opening column, which was heavy on quotes from anonymous players slamming the D-Backs’ seven-player trade with the Braves: “Who is the most feared hitter in the Arizona lineup now,” Rosenthal asks. “Prado? [Cody] Ross? Jason Kubel? Miguel Montero? Not good enough.”

If I’m Kirk Gibson, here’s my opening-day lineup:

Adam Eaton CF
Aaron Hill 2B
Jason Kubel LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Martin Prado 3B
Cody Ross RF
Miguel Montero C
Cliff Pennington SS

In exchange for flexibility and balance — this lineup has oodles of both — the D-Backs have sacrificed their two most intimidating offensive weapons in Upton and Chris Young (who was traded to Oakland). Maybe that’s a smart move, setting aside the team’s reasoning for making the move. At least one person thinks the Diamondbacks are a bigger threat to dethrone the Giants than the Dodgers.

What say you?

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.