It is another lackluster season for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they sit 17 games under .500 and 17 games back of the NL West.
A few names are pending free agents at the end of the season, and their performances may merit an exit from Phoenix. And with general manager Kevin Towers going into the final year of his contract as well, he will not be taking any chances.
Towers already sent off the likes of Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado at the trade deadline on July 31.
There are two more players who could be done in Arizona before the start of the 2015 season. One is eligible for arbitration, and the other signed through 2016. However, both have been headaches for the club since their arrival.
Other players were considered, but most are arbitration-eligible and will end up being cheap to bring back.
OF/1B Mark Trumbo
One of Towers’ worst trades was sending pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo.
Adding a power bat during the offseason was a priority for Arizona, taking some pressure off of All-Star Paul Goldschmidt. But that quickly turned into trouble, as Trumbo struggled to stay on the field, and the team’s pitching staff was unable to put zeroes on the board.
The former Angel has seen the field just 47 times this season due to a stress fracture in his left foot. However, his presence has barely been felt when in the lineup, striking out 52 times and collecting just 39 hits in 175 at-bats. After hitting seven homers in his first month as a Diamondback, Trumbo has hit just one dinger since his return on July 11.
Although on a one-year deal, Trumbo is eligible for arbitration at the end of the season. However, considering Goldschmidt will be roaming first and Trumbo’s ability to cover ground in the outfield is limited, the club may be looking elsewhere.
RHP Trevor Cahill
Trevor Cahill’s time with the Oakland Athletics earned him the contract he has today, but his pitching may be getting him shipped out.
After an All-Star appearance in 2010 and a slump in 2011, Cahill signed with the Diamondbacks for four years and $30 million. It's relatively cheap for a pitcher nowadays, but his past two seasons in Arizona make it look like a waste of money.
This season, the 26-year-old has a 2-8 record and an ERA of 4.86 in 70.1 innings of work. He lost his spot in the rotation after allowing 18 earned runs in his first four starts but has again been starting since July 18.
The California native is signed through 2016, but with Patrick Corbin’s return and Archie Bradley’s future permanent position in the rotation next season, Cahill is on the outside looking in. He is due $7.7 million next year and $12 million in 2016, which could prove to be too much.
The Diamondbacks most likely won’t try to get rid of him in the offseason. However, a slow start in 2015 could be the end of Cahill’s time in Phoenix.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
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