A year removed from a 94-win season and a National League West title, the Diamondbacks are in a bit of flux as the 2012 season heads into its closing months.
While this is a solid position, and the Diamondbacks are still alive in the National League at 7.5 games back in the NL West and 7.5 games behind the wild-card leading Atlanta Braves, the team has appeared more like sellers than buyers in the waning days of summer.
Another recent move involved sending long-time shortstop Stephen Drew to the Oakland A's for minor leaguer Sean Jamieson, which occurred on August 20 (via Sarah McLellan at azcentral.com).
Many changes have occurred out in the desert, including seven different third basemen to start for Arizona. Despite this adversity, manager Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers have the team playing .500 ball in the ultra-competitive NL West (via Jim McLellan of azsnakepit.com).
Third baseman Chris Johnson was acquired from the Houston Astros to fill this infield void, but many more moves will be required for the Diamondbacks to match the new powerhouse in Los Angeles and the always competitive San Francisco Giants.
Here’s how the Diamondbacks can improve their chances in the NL West by trading Upton this winter, if they do not do so before then.