MLB Trade Speculation: Mike Adams to the Arizona Diamondbacks?

James SargentContributor IIIJuly 15, 2011

DENVER - APRIL 10:  Relief pitcher Mike Adams #37 of the San Diego Padres delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 10, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Padres defeated the Rockies 5-4 in 14 innings.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Although this is a big "what if" scenario, it is still a possibility that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers could pull off a trade for Padres reliever Mike Adams.

Towers still has close ties with the San Diego Padres and knows the ins and outs of their system, since he was their general manager from 1995-2009, but would most likely have to give up a top prospect to acquire Adams.

San Diego loves trading for young arms. It is almost like a fetish. And the Diamondbacks have plenty of young pitchers that they could tempt the Padres with.

With a late-inning trio of Adams, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz, the D-Backs would be set if their starters can just get through the sixth inning.

Adams is having a marvelous season registering a 1.32 ERA and 0.71 WHIP through 41 innings. He is one of the best setup men in all of baseball and an arm that could really improve Arizona's bullpen and have them ready come postseason.

However, if closer Heath Bell is to be traded, it is highly unlikely that Adams would get shipped off as well.

The Diamondbacks should consider making an offer sooner rather than later, and first try to tempt the Padres with Zach Duke and Sam Demel.

Duke needs to be booted from the rotation as he holds a 5.47 ERA through 51 innings.

It is about that time where Jarrod Parker needs to be promoted and groomed for the future.

But back to Adams. Although likely to not be traded, he could be a great addition to the D-Backs and one that would put Arizona's bullpen in the same class as the San Francisco Giants.

There is a little over two weeks left until the deadline, so the D-Backs need to make a move for a starter or reliever soon. Forget a bat, pitching needs to be the main concern.