What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Skelton understood the team’s interest in Manning.“He’s a great player, he’s a surefire Hall of Fame guy,why would you not want him in your locker room,” Skeltonsaid. “It works out either way, whether they brought himin or they didn’t.“Kevin and I are just going to go on like it neverhappened.”That means continuing on with the idea that he has achance to be the team’s starter entering 2012. “[The coaches] said it will be an open competition and I’msure we’re both going to go in there with that mind-set,”Skelton said of his chances to be the starting QB.“Whetherone of us is proclaimed the starter or not, we’re bothgoingto work our tails off.”The 24-year-old out of Fordham, though, is far from afinished product. While he showed a knack for rallying theteam late in games, often times it was Skelton’s miscuesthat put the team in a hole to begin with. So, the next few months will be of the utmost important tothe former fifth-round pick, as he looks to makesignificant improvements to his game during his first fulloffseason.“I still have to get the playbook down completely, I haveto be able to make those surefire reads and throws andeverything, and just continue to get better,” he said. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   center_img John Skelton played in eight games last season, includingseven starts.Skelton completed 54.9 percent of his passes, tossing 11touchdowns to go along with 14 interceptions. He also led the Cardinals to six of their eight victories,and played well enough that head coach Ken Whisenhunt saidfollowing the season that there would be a competitionbetween Skelton and Kevin Kolb for the starting gig in2012.The plan took a small detour in March when the teampursued QB Peyton Manning, but alas the former Colt signedwith the Broncos. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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