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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 7:18 am | Updated: 9:17 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 The season will be remembered for the way it ended, with the departures of Luis Gonzalez, Craig Counsell and Miguel Batista.

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All three were informed at the end of the season they would not be coming back, leading to an emotional farewell at Chase Field — in particular for Gonzo, a fan favorite for his personable ways and that little hit he got at the end of the 2001 World Series.

But the Diamondbacks needed to turn the page. Heralded youngsters like Stephen Drew and Carlos Quentin made their debuts, and Brandon Webb became a full-fledged ace, winning the Cy Young Award.

The Diamondbacks hung around the .500 mark for much of the year but could never put together a long winning streak to get into contention and gradually fell out of the playoff picture.

General manager Josh Byrnes continued to put his stamp on the roster. He acquired Livan Hernandez from the Washington Nationals in August, then traded outfielder Shawn Green to the New York Mets. Both moves paid future dividends for Arizona.

Byrnes was busy in the offseason as well, dealing catcher Johnny Estrada to Milwaukee for Doug Davis and reacquiring Randy Johnson from the New York Yankees. Johnson would be hurt much of the 2007 season, but Davis was an important cog in the Diamondbacks’ surprising success.

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