MLB Trade Deadline 2010: Top Five Arizona Diamondbacks on the Hot Stove
Welcome to the Arizona Diamondbacks garage sale.
Everything must go.
Currently last place in the National League West and over twenty games under .500, the Diamondbacks need to start rebuilding.
This team just isn't going to win. Ever.
With the July 31 trade deadline looming, these five players are the most likely to be sent off.
5. Chris Snyder
Miguel Montero is the catcher of the future in Arizona.
Snyder has struggled at the plate, but his defensive effort is without question in the top half of the NL.
Just last month, Snyder had a streak of 240 straight errorless games snapped when an errant throw allowed a baserunner to advance (it was the third-longest streak by a catcher in baseball history).
In getting some prospects back for the veteran, the D-Backs could call up Triple A Reno catcher John Hester to be the backup for Montero.
Possible destination: The Cardinals need a better backup for Yadier Molina.
4. Kelly Johnson
Johnson was the NL player of the month in April when he hit with a league-best .750 slugging percentage and tallied 18 RBIs.
Since then, the D-Backs' second baseman has cooled off from his torrid pace, but still is having a career year at the plate.
Just an average defender, a team willing to trade for Johnson would most likely only need his bat.
Possible destination: The White Sox's current second baseman, Gordon Beckham, is batting .207 with just two home runs.
3. Aaron Heilman
Thrust into the closer role due to the historically bad performance of Chad Qualls, Heilman is, by far, the best reliever in a terrible Arizona bullpen.
With a 3.89 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, the 31-year-old will fetch a large bounty on the trading block.
Bullpen help is always coveted towards the deadline when contending teams get desperate in wanting to add to their post-season resume.
Possible destination: The Red Sox have a bullpen ERA of 4.76.
2. Adam LaRoche
LaRoche is no stranger to trade deadline moves.
Last season, the D-Backs first baseman was traded from Pittsburgh to Boston to Atlanta, all in a matter of a week.
The consistent lefty has an on-base percentage of .331 with 55 RBIs and 13 home runs.
Possible destination: The Rays could alternate LaRoche and Carlos Pena at first base and DH.
1. Dan Haren
Usually in the NL Cy Young mix every year, Haren has stumbled a bit in 2010.
Still considered to be one of the top pitchers in baseball, just about every contending team will take a shot at the D-Backs ace.
With a devastating split-finger, Haren ranks fourth in the NL in strikeouts with 125 and third in innings pitched with 130 (not to mention he is hands down the best hitting pitcher in baseball, batting .392).
Possible destination: The Yankees barely missed out on Cliff Lee, maybe they make a stronger push for Haren.