Trade Deadline Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to be big sellers going into this year’s trade deadline. Tied with the Tampa Bay Rays with the worst record in Major League Baseball at 35-49, they are currently sitting at the bottom of the National League West. While only one game behind the fourth place San Diego Padres, the Diamondbacks are currently 12 games behind the first place San Francisco Giants.

The first half of the season has been so rough on the Diamondbacks that they started the season losing 22 of their first 31 games. They lost their 2013 All-Star, starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, to Tommy John surgery just prior to the start of the season. It was a huge blow to the team. The 24-year old left-hander, who went 14-8 in 32 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2013 and posted a 3.41 ERA, was expected to do great things this season before being sidelined with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

With very little chance of turning things around this season it looks like it is time for the Diamondbacks to begin moving some veteran players and contracts around to lower their franchise-record high payroll and begin to rebuild.

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  • Richard Daniels

    Just out of curiosity, have you watched the Diamondbacks at all this year? It seems to me that you have written an article based on things that you have read in other articles and with very little real knowledge of the team. Lets start with Parra, a right fielder. What proof do you have that he has lost any speed? And why would they trade for Tabata? He is exactly like the young outfielders you say aren’t getting the job done. Ross is a part-time player at most and not being counted on. Yes, they need outfield help. But they need someone who can hit home-runs, not a gap hitter like Tabata. Next time you write an article, write about something you know something about.

    • Aaron Somers

      Richard, these are purely speculations on players that the team could look to pursue and not based on an insight that we have. You’re welcome to dislike the Tabata idea, but who would you rather see the team pursue?

    • Oakland A’s Socks Girl

      Going based on what the GM and executives have had to say on the subject they are not planning to win this year and they are looking to move their veteran and higher paid players in order to start to rebuild, even if they have to wait a year or two for it all to come together. Therefore looking for younger players who might be able to help them in the future doesn’t seem like a terrible idea. I’m not a DBacks expert but changes do seem to be made. Every team needs a power hitter – been through it many years until this season with my team. But what has really worked at least for the A’s is getting on base. Since Tabata can hit into the gap … I’d say that means he gets on base or helps runners in scoring position score. Seems like that – or anything for that matter would be useful for the DBacks. You’re welcome to disagree by all means everyone is entitled to their own opinion.