Diamondbacks Keep Dealing

Jess RootCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 20:  Relief pitcher Chad Qualls #50 of the Arizona Diamondbacks shakes hands with catcher Chris Snyder #19 after defeating the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 20, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 8-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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As the MLB trade deadline looms just hours away, Arizona has agreed to move Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder .

Qualls, the much-maligned reliever in Arizona, is on his way to the Tampa Bay bullpen for a player to be named later. The Diamondbacks will not have to assume any of his remaining salary.

Arizona fans wonder why anyone wants Qualls, especially a team like the Rays in a pennant race, much less pay for all of his salary and give up a player of any skill. Qualls has been, in a word, AWFUL.

Chris Snyder is on his way to Pittsburgh, but the deal must be approved by the commissioner’s office because of the money that will be changing hands. Additionally, Arizona is sending SS Pedro Ciriaco to the Pirates as part of the deal.

Arizona will also pay $3 million of the $6.5 million left on his current contract, and in return, Arizona will receive reliever D.J. Carrasco, outfielder Ryan Church, and infielder Bobby Crosby.

Snyder has been a disappointment to many fans, but he has never claimed to be anything other than what he is.

He is like many catchers in baseball—a guy who plays good defense, calls a good game, handles a pitching staff well, has power, but is not much of a hitter.

I personally will miss Snyder. While Miguel Montero is the better player overall and should start (you can’t bench a guy who hits over .300 when he starts), you have to love a guy that literally busted his balls for his team. (During the 2008 season, he suffered a testicular fracture on a foul tip, but finished catching the inning before coming out. Talk about being tough.)

So Tampa gets an intense pitcher who has potentially nasty stuff, but has ranged from inconsistent to consistently bad. Pittsburgh gets a tough catcher who will play great defense, ably handle a pitching staff, and, if playing on an everyday basis, will hit .230-.240 with 15-20 home runs and 60-70 RBI.

Arizona gets a couple of players who will leave at the end of the season, a reliever who might stay and might go, and a player we don’t know yet, but certainly not major league ready.

It looks as though the Diamondbacks are done making deals unless they are blown away by an offer for 2B Kelly Johnson . While not pretty, the team has achieved its goals for this deadline—shed salary, acquire some players who can help now, and add talent to the farm system.

For now, these deals are bittersweet for me as a fan. Very sweet because of Qualls, a little bitter because of Snyder.

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