Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction
The 2014 MLB season has reached July, and as one of the only teams out of playoff contention at this point in the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks could look at trading away some pieces in order to build for the future.
During the past offseason, the Diamondbacks envisioned themselves contending this year. They pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire Mark Trumbo and signed veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Neither acquisition has performed the way the team had hoped, and both players are currently on the disabled list.
Now, Arizona has to work on building for the future. The team is well out of contention in both the National League West and the wild-card races. This season certainly didn't go the way the team had planned, but now there is only one thing to do.
The Diamondbacks have some assets that they can deal at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They could use pitching and outfield depth in return for their pieces. If more teams don't start falling out of contention, Arizona could be able to control the market a bit.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Diamondbacks are involved in, or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
July 6: Diamondbacks traded RHP Brandon McCarthy and cash to New York Yankees LHP Vidal Nuno
July 31: Diamondbacks traded UT Martin Prado to the New York Yankees in exchange for Peter O'Brien and a player to be named for or cash
July 31: Diamondbacks Traded Martin Prado to the Yankees
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Martin Prado to the New York Yankees, according to YES Network's Jack Curry. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported that the Yankees will send Peter O'Brien to the Diamondbacks.
Prado was hitting .270 with five home runs, 17 doubles and four home runs this season. Most of his offensive numbers had slipped a bit from his first season in the desert.
Arizona did not seem inclined to trade the utility man all month, but in the end, it decided to ship him away.
Prado had been a member of the Diamondbacks since the beginning of the 2013 season. He was under contract through the 2016 season.
O'Brien was a second-round pick in 2012. The 24-year-old was hitting .245 with 23 home runs and 14 doubles in 72 games at Double-A this season. He has played catcher, third base and right field in his professional career.
July 31: Traded Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded RF Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda.
The 27-year-old has struggled at the plate this season, posting a mediocre .256/.305/.362 slash line, while his defense, which won him Gold Glove Awards in 2011 and 2013, has been less-than-stellar as well.
Haniger was a first-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft. The 23-year-old was hitting .255 with 10 home runs and seven doubles at Double-A before the trade.
Banda was pitching in Single-A for the first time this year. The 20-year-old had been in rookie ball the past two seasons. This year, he is 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 20 games (14 starts) in Single-A.
The Diamondbacks' season hasn't gone as planned, so they dealt a veteran for a couple of players who could help the team in the future.
July 6: Diamondbacks Trade RHP Brandon McCarthy to Yankees for LHP Vidal Nuno
The Diamondbacks continue to be aggressive while trying to make moves. Arizona dealt veteran starter Brandon McCarthy and cash to the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal.
When looking at his numbers on the season, McCarthy may not look like the most attractive arm on the market. He had a 2-10 record with a 5.11 ERA through his first 17 starts of the season. Neither his home (0-6, 5.37 ERA) nor his road (3-4, 4.50 ERA) splits are very impressive.
McCarthy was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the San Diego Padres this season. That means he is 1-10 against the rest of the league.
Depsite his numbers, McCarthy is drawing a lot of interest, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The right-hander's great control (93 strikeouts to 20 walks) and his $4.5 million salary are very attractive to clubs looking for a middle-of-the-rotation arm.
McCarthy did spend the first seven years of his career in the American League. His earned run average in the AL (4.02) is nearly a full run lower than it has been during his two-season stint in the desert (4.78).
McCarthy shared his excitement about the trade on Twitter.
Nuno does have some experience in the majors. Last season, he went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five appearances, including three starts. He was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts, with the Yankees this season.
A change of scenery was probably in Nuno's best interest. He was 1-4 and had posted a 6.12 ERA in 10 games at Yankee Stadium this year.
Nuno has posted good numbers in his minor-league career (32-18 with a 2.84 ERA in five seasons), but he has made only five starts at Triple-A. His fastball normally sits around 90 mph, so he has to rely on good control.
Arizona is ready to deal veterans for the future, and McCarthy was
Potential Trade Candidate: LHP Oliver Perez
Oliver Perez may not be the biggest name on the trade market, but AZcentral.com's Nick Piecoro tweeted that the left-hander is the most likely player on the team to get traded before the deadline.
Perez is 1-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 45 appearances this season. He has been a pretty reliable reliever the past three seasons. He posted a 2.12 ERA in 33 games in 2012 and followed that up with a 3.74 ERA in 66 games in 2013.
The 32-year-old has 47 strikeouts to only 14 walks in 41.2 innings this season.
Perez is signed for $2.5 million next season, so at that price, he may be attractive to other teams.
Diamondbacks Don't Plan on Trading Wade Miley
Wade Miley might draw some interest if the Diamondbacks put him on the trade block, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Arizona plans on keeping the pitcher.
Rosenthal tweeted that the Miami Marlins and other teams have checked in on Miley but have been told that he is not available.
The southpaw is 6-7 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.266 WHIP in 22 games this season. His strikeouts per nine are the best of his career, and his strikeouts-to-walk ratio is his best since his All-Star season of 2012.
Arizona controls the 27-year-old through the 2017 season, so there is no rush to trade him right now.
Potential Trade Candidate: RHP Addison Reed
The Arizona Diamondbacks are willing to listen on offers on Addison Reed, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
Arizona acquired Reed in the offseason from the Chicago White Sox, but they weren't able to contend this season. Closers are expendable on losing teams, so the Diamondbacks could trade their closer if they get the right offer.
Reed has 24 saves and a 3.89 ERA and a 1.152 WHIP this season. His strikeouts per nine (10.2), walks per nine (2.4) and strikeouts per walk (4.27) are all the best of his career.
The market for closers isn't what it was a month ago. The Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels have both made a move for a closer in July.
Not everyone in Arizona's bullpen is available, but the Diamondbacks appear to be willing to listen to offers on Reed.
Potential Trade Candidate: RHP Brad Ziegler
Brad Ziegler has been a workhorse for Arizona the past few seasons, and if the Diamondbacks decide to put him on the trading block, teams would likely be interested in the veteran.
Ziegler pitched in 77 games in 2012 and 78 games last season. As of July 19, he had appeared in 50 games this season.
Throughout his time in the desert, Ziegler has been very consistent. He can pitch whenever he is needed and get the job done. He has had an ERA between 2.22 and 2.49 since the beginning of the 2012 season. He has fit right in with the Diamondbacks and has given the team a reliable option out of the bullpen.
Ziegler is having another good season, so teams may ask the Diamondbacks about his availability. As of now, he doesn't look like he will be going anywhere.
July 5: Diamondbacks Trade LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana to Angels
The Arizona Diamondbacks have started to move some pieces. The Diamondbacks traded left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Los Angeles will send left fielder Zach Borenstein and right-handed pitcher Joey Krehbiel to Arizona in the deal.
AZCentral.com's Nick Piecoro reported that the Diamondbacks will save $1.1 million with the trade.
The Angels needed bullpen help, and they got it. Thatcher had a 2.63 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP in 37 outings this season. His control has been superb, as he has 25 strikeouts to only three walks.
Speed is Campana's biggest weapon. With the Angels' lineup, the speedster can come off the bench and change a game in the late innings.
Arizona did fairly well in this deal with its return.
According to Baseball America, Borenstein was Los Angels' No. 9 prospect. The left-handed hitter is hitting .262/.316/.402 between Double-A and Triple-A this season. At the time of the trade, he had just been playing in his first few games back at Double-A.
The 23-year-old has a ton of potential. Last season, he posted ridiculous numbers at Single-A. Borenstein hit .337 with 28 home runs, 22 doubles and 95 RBI. Expecting those numbers at every level may not be realistic, but he has shown that he can hit for average and power.
The other piece in the deal, Krehbiel, was having a nice season between two levels of Single-A. He had posted a 2.00 ERA and 0.944 WHIP in 20 outings this season. He has finished 10 games this year, which includes five saves.
The 21-year-old has gotten better in every season that he has pitched, and so far, that trend has continued this year. Krehbiel may not be ready for the majors for a few more seasons, but the numbers that he has posted since the beginning of the 2013 season will make it tough to keep him in the lower level of the minors much longer.
Arizona shed some salary and got some prospects in return for a couple of MLB players. It wasn't the flashiest move, but it was the beginning of things to come.
Potential Trade Candidate: 2B Aaron Hill
Despite having the worst season of his Diamondbacks career, Aaron Hill could soon find himself wearing a different uniform, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.
The second baseman may be a part of the team's fire sale. The only problem is that his numbers are down, and he's still owed $29.5 million through the 2016 season.
Hill is only hitting around .250 this year, which is down from the .289 overall mark he has put up during his time with Arizona (parts of four seasons, including this year).
Even though his overall numbers are down, some of his splits are very good. The 32-year-old is hitting over 50 points higher against southpaws than he is against right-handers. The veteran is also hitting above .300 both with runners on base and with runners in scoring position.
Hill's bat will be attractive to contenders, but his big contract will make it tough for the Diamondbacks to get much in return.
Potential Trade Candidate: OF Cody Ross
Cody Ross had a strong 2013 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but now, he could be on the move.
Piecoro wrote that Ross is one of the veterans who could be traded. The only problem with trying to trade the 33-year-old outfielder is that he's owed a lot of money ($12.75 million through 2015) still and isn't having a good season at the plate.
Ross got off to a dreadful start in the batter's box, but he is turning it around. He has slowly worked his way up to around a .220 batting average. On the plus side, his average has dramatically increased in every month this season, and he hit .306 over 36 at-bats in June. Opposing teams can see that as he has gotten it together.
Any contender looking for a good bat down the stretch may be interested in Ross. The outfielder went over to the San Francisco Giants in the middle of the 2010 season and wound up winning the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award.
If Ross continues to swing a hot bat, his name will likely be thrown around at the deadline.