- First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, in his first full season, joins Bryce Harper and Eric Hosmer among the game's most dynamic hitters. Bill James projects him to deliver a slash line of .266/.367/.516 with team-high totals in homers (32) and RBIs (99) this season.
- When Young struck out 165 times in 2008 and then hit .212 the following season, White Sox types downplayed the negative consequences of Ken Williams including Young in a deal in which Byrnes initially sought outfielder Brian Anderson, a first-round draft pick who has since converted to pitcher. They pointed to Arizona giving Young a five-year, $28 million contract. But then Williams claimed Alex Rios on waivers, and Young reached the point where his experience allowed his talent to come out. Since the start of 2007, Young has produced a 10.1 WAR; the White Sox have used four different primary center fielders, who have totaled 1.0 WAR in five seasons. The White Sox paid those five $27.13 million while Young earned about $11.4 million.
- Hudson, 23 at the time Williams traded him, wasn't the only young pitcher the White Sox gave up for Edwin Jackson. Lefty David Holmberg, who Baseball America rates as the Diamondbacks' sixth-best prospect, has a chance to reach Double A before his 21st birthday. He could be on a fast track to Chicago if he hadn't been traded.