D-backs Begin To
Re-Tool For 2015
Yes, The Arizona Diamondbacks Are Still Struggling Mightily Even Though Paul Goldschmidt Continues To Rake, But The Rattlers Are Rolling To The ArenaBowl And The Coyotes Are Shoring Up Their Weaknesses
By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine
June 8, 2014 — The Diamondbacks have begun to shed payroll with a pair of moves that don’t really make the team any better, but do save some cash.
The team sent left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels. The deal makes the Diamondbacks unarguably worse in the short term. Thatcher was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA, but is a free agent to be and the team likely would not have resigned due to the rebuilding phase it is now undoubtedly in. He is probably in line for a raise on the 2.68 million he’s making this year due to his strong performance thus far.
The loss of Campana is negligible. He is a spark plug outfielder in the gritty mold that Kirk Gibson loves, but the on-field results are subpar. He is a decent outfielder with great speed who can’t hit much, which is why he was in Triple-A at the time of the trade.
Arizona netted a few intriguing prospects in the deal in outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel. Both have good potential, but are far from major-league ready.
The other deal the Diamondbacks were involved in sent right-hander Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees for left-hander Vidal Nuno. The actual talent swap in the deal isn’t of much consequence as both starters have ERAs above 5.00 and win-loss records on the wrong side of .500.
The Diamondbacks do save some money on the deal, though, which seems to be the overall goal of these exchanges. Between the two trades, the team will save around $2 million.
In other news, Paul Goldschmidt is the lone Diamondback on the NL All-Star Team this season. He is a deserving starter, putting up great stats in the first half.
Paul Goldschmidt Batting Stats
The team opened up its first free-agency as the Arizona Coyotes with some solid, albeit unspectacular moves. The team failed to sign any big names, but did add some much needed depth.
The biggest signings are center Joe Vitale and backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, which says something. As boring as these moves sound, they shore up some weaknesses from last year’s team.
Arizona also signed some project players that could get called up at some point next season, including defensemen Andrew Campbell and Dylan Reese, forwards Alex Bolduc and Justin Hodgman and goalie Mike McKenna.
The Rattlers will look to get back on track against the Spokane Shock on Friday after suffering its first defeat of the season two weeks ago.
Any chance of a Rattlers perfect season ended two Fridays ago with the team’s 62-33 loss to the San Jose SaberCats. The SaberCats ended the Rattlers nine-game win streak last season in similar fashion.
In the grand scheme of things, the loss doesn’t say too much about the team. The Rattlers are still the class of the AFL and ArenaBowl favorites. But, it would have been nice to keep working towards a perfect season and this was a bit of a letdown.
The game has all the tell-tale signs of an aberration, including star quarterback Nick Davila’s awful performance. He completed 8 of 22 passes in the game.
Coach Kevin Guy and his staff probably had the team focused on Shock game the next day. In the long run, that loss could be a good thing. Perfect teams can get complacent, but a team with a loss has an ax to grind.
Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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