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.