Can The Arizona
Diamondbacks Get Worse?
With The Trade Deadline Very Quickly Approaching, The National League’s Worst Team Will Likely Be Moving Some Veteran Talent Which Will Just As Likely Bring Short-Term Pain
By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine
July 3, 2014 — The Diamondbacks are bad right now, but things are probably about to get a lot worse. The team is a horrendous 15-30 at home and is showing little signs of life. With a 0.2 percent chance of making the playoffs, the team is probably going to start selling off pieces sooner rather than later.
Outside of Paul Goldschmidt and maybe Chase Anderson, I doubt anyone on the active roster is untouchable. Aaron Hill and Martin Prado are probably the most likely to go. They fit the trade deadline bait archetype. Both are 30-something contributors who aren’t going to light the world on fire, but could contribute on a team looking to make a push.
Plenty of teams could use a serviceable second-basemen like Hill or a versatile guy like Prado. The Yankees, who are currently fielding Brian Roberts (.234 AVG) and Yangervis Solarte (.266 AVG), could use an upgrade. Solarte’s stats compare favorably to Prado’s, but the latter brings more versatility, leadership and consistency.
The Diamondbacks will look to stock up on young pitching, if possible. More likely, they will pull in one or two mid-level pitching prospects, some decent arms to stock the bullpen, or an affordable pitcher who is Major League ready without much upside that the team can slot in the three or four spot in the rotation.
As much as fans will hate to hear it, Gerardo Parra is probably trade bait as well. This rash of injuries in the outfield has shown that when the starters are healthy, the team has pretty good depth in the outfield. David Peralta has proven capable of producing at a similar level as Parra, though with some defensive drop off.
Parra is more desirable to a trade partner, though, because of his cannon of an arm and history of production. Peralta is actually a few months older than Parra, but hasn’t produced until this year, so he’s not as attractive to contenders.
Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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