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Last-place Diamondbacks are preparing for a fire sale

Jun 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Arizona’s front office is in flux, with Tony La Russa coming in and both general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson seemingly unlikely to stick around, and not surprisingly the last-place Diamondbacks are hoping to unload some of their veteran players for long-term help before the July 31 trade deadline.

Who exactly could be available? According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic just about every veteran player except All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but the problem is that most of them aren’t having good seasons and/or have undesirable contracts.

Right-hander Brandon McCarthy, left-hander Oliver Perez, outfielders Cody Ross and Mark Trumbo, and second baseman Aaron Hill will likely be shopped around, and Eric Chavez and Bronson Arroyo are other trade candidates if they can get healthy. And it’s possible that the Diamondbacks could look to trade Martin Prado or Gerardo Parra if the other guys don’t generate enough interest to bring back significant long-term building blocks.

Piecoro quotes one scout as saying that there’s “not a lot of pieces to move” and another scout as saying that “the pieces they will want to move will only get a marginal return because of the money involved.”

In other words: Tony La Russa may have his hands full with this remodel job.

  1. ud1951 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Martin Prado would look pretty good with the Birds on the Bat on his chest. His addition, pretty much wherever he played, would strengthen both the line up and the bench.

  2. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I guess this will be the end of the building a team with no talent but plenty of grit experiment.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Until the next one.

  3. stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Out of that crowd, what would anyone want other than Goldschmidt?

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Considering the contracts involved, pretty much no one.

      Prado has 2.5 years and $25M left on his deal, and he’s pretty much a utility guy that is showing signs of decline as he nears his 31st birthday.

      Parra is a utility guy that can’t hit much entering his last year of arbitration.

      Those are probably the best options. I doubt they’ll be getting much in the way of real prospects for any of them.

      • stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Parra as a fourth outfielder for defense and very occasional pop at the bat appeals to me. At least for the rest of this year.

        Not much else, unless you think Aaron Hill is going to pop back to his average production in a new location.

      • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Hill is owed about $30M over the next 2.5 years. Uck.

      • nomoreliesfortoday - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        If Pedroia is a starter in this league, then Prado is. He has been better the last 2 years and plays multiple positions.

      • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Prado has primarily been a 3B the last 2 years, he doesn’t hit enough to be a corner OF. He’s a horrible defensive 2B.

        Pedroia is a FAR superior defender at 2B than Prado is anywhere.

        Over the last 2 years, Pedroia has a wRC+ of 109 and he’s been worth 7.4 WAR.

        Over the last 2 years, Prado has a wRC+ of 99 and he’s been worth 3.1 WAR.

      • stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Maybe on the two previous years it’s kind of close. Not on this year. And he is owed 10 MM$/yr through 2016.

        And I would still take Pedroia.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Plus, Aaron called Trumbo an “outfielder.” Heh, heh, heh.

      • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Trumbo is a 1B playing the OF because his teams keep getting better 1Bs who can’t even pretend to play out there. But boy, can he put a charge into a ball.

  4. missthemexpos - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Would be nice to see Aaron Hill back with the Blue Jays.

    • Shayna - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      The synergy between Hill and Lind was a wonder back in 2009. If it re-emerged–which I could easily see happening, with Lind hitting as he is–Hill might indeed find his form again. Between the Hill-Lind connection, Hill coming under the tutelage of Kevin “The Bat Whisperer” Seitzer, and our current deficit at 2nd just begging for Hill’s glove, this could be great.

    • jwbiii - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Eh, Hill is hitting about the same as Tolleson, fielding worse, and as paperlions pointed out, is due 2.5/$30m.

  5. baberuthslegs - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Tony LaRussa is still trying to figure out what his job is.

    • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      He’s probably checking all the local bars to find out.

  6. xpensivewinos - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If his foot is healed, I gotta think the Red Sox will be all over Trumbo based on how pathetic their outfield production has been. And, Napoli (1B) and Ortiz (DH) won’t be around forever……

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Trumbo has a lifetime OBP of .297. His power makes him about a league average hitter with no defensive (i.e. negative) value.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I am sure the Yankees would like to try out Hill or Prado or Gregorius, probably in the reverse of that order. I can’t imagine they would be willing to give up a ton though…

  8. andreweac - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Bad Piecero link in the SportsTalk iPhone app. Got a 502 error.

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      The link works. It’s your phone.

  9. eshine76 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Young talent would be a novel way to build a team. Perhaps they can ship out some of those vets for a Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer or Adam Eaton.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Maybe the D’Backs will find a way to deal for a talented young player on a reasonable contract like Justin Upton.

  10. luz56 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Didi, Prado, Hill, Trumbo, Collmenter, are the first that come to mind that are value… But first I tie a can to the backside of KT and see how much grit he has walking down that dusty hot road in PHX

    • nsauser - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Collmenter could have value but man oh man is he going to be tired at the end of the year if he stays with the Dbacks. They are really using his ability to eat up innings. Sadly, he’s the only pitcher that can actually eat 7 or 8 innings and give up 4 or so runs. The rest give up more runs in less innings.

      • gbrim - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Collmenter is cheap, controllable, and a fan favorite in AZ. Given the long time it will take to clean up the mess that Towers/Kendrick made, guys like this should be untouchable. If you can’t produce a winner, at least run some guys out there that fans like to root for, and are good players, too. Pretty pathetic situation, but that is where they are.

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Brian Cashman, if you’re reading this, (and from the nature of some of your recent moves, I wouldn’t be shocked to find out you make your decisions by reading blogs) please don’t trade what precious resources you haven’t already squandered trading for NL pitchers. I know you need arms, but this is not the way to get them.

  12. clydeserra - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    The a’s should take McCarthy and his 1-10 record back. Will even pay full fare.

  13. weaselpuppy - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Trumbo is still youngish and healthy in that park will hit 35 HR a yr minumum. He has huge flaws, but they just dont have a lot of bats period. Pollack healthy looked great this year as well. Ditto Owings. They aren’t that far away, but Parra Prado and Hill should go for whatever returns they can get (not a lot but why pay $30-32M for those guys going forward when they are 3 years out from competing with LA and SF…and the Rox have a ton of bats…yeah, 3 years for sure.) Lamb Bradley etc from the minors look close to ready….give them some space to grow…

    • clydeserra - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Yeah, trubo could fetch a good future arm like tyler skaggs.

      Wait, why has towers not been fired yet?

  14. unlost1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    They are in last place because all those players are worse than the ones on the other teams! So why trade for them?

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