The Arizona Diamondbacks are among the most talked about teams in baseball as the MLB trade deadline nears.
Rumors and speculation continue to discuss several players as candidates to be traded, should the Diamondbacks decide to become sellers later this month.
One site, mlbtraderumors.com, lists six Arizona players among its top 60 players who could be dealt.
It also has five other Diamondbacks on its “watch list” to be traded, giving the team 11 possible players to be traded, according to the site.
No wonder there is a lot of chatter surrounding the team and the MLB trade deadline in 2019.
Jeff Todd and Steve Adams write: “As for Peralta, another 31-year-old lefty bat with a reputation for good corner outfield defense, the picture is generally quite similar. He’s a bit cheaper at $7MM with another arb season remaining. Peralta also has a more impressive recent offensive track record owing to a big 2018 campaign. Perhaps the biggest difference is that Peralta’s current 112 wRC+ is attributed to a yawning platoon split. That doesn’t necessarily harm his marketability, as many contenders would be happy to welcome his bat to the lineup alongside a right-handed platoon partner.”
Todd and Adams write: “The good news for the D-backs is that they’re only 1.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. The bad news is that they’re buried in their division, and six other teams are within five games of that same Wild Card berth. Arizona entered the season in a transitional year and has outpaced expectations, which could prompt them to add some pieces this summer. It’s also possible that even as they seek to add some low-cost upgrades, they also move some current big leaguers for long-term benefit. And, if the Snakes endure a losing streak in the next three weeks, it’s a safe bet that they’ll more aggressively look to trim future payroll while simultaneously bolstering the farm.”
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson also makes the rankings, coming in at No. 37, right behind Kevin Pillar of the San Francisco Giants.
Todd and and Adams write: “Need a rental fourth outfielder capable of playing center? Pillar offers a right-handed bat who can do just that, while Dyson brings a left-handed bat to the table. Pillar is on a well-timed hot streak and generates most of his offensive contributions through decent power numbers. Dyson, meanwhile, is practically devoid of pop but still possesses one of baseball’s best sets of wheels at 34 years of age.”
Catcher Alex Avila is ranked No. 40, right behind Matin Maldonado of the Kansas City Royals and Stephen Vogt of the Giants.
Todd and Adams write: “No need for a center fielder? Can we interest you in a reserve backstop, then? Maldonado is among the game’s premier defenders behind the dish, making him the prototypical defensive-minded backup. (That’s a nice way of saying, ahem, don’t expect him to hit.) Neither Avila nor Vogt can match his defensive chops, but they’re both hitting pretty well. Contractually speaking, all three are rentals.”
Closer Greg Holland rounds out the Diamondbacks players in the rankings at No. 42.
Adam Jones, Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin, Yoshihisa Hirano, Merrill Kelly are the five Diamondbacks who show up on the site’s watch list as possible trade candidates.
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More Diamondbacks trade chatter as the 2019 MLB trade deadline nears:
The Arizona Republic: Arizona Diamondbacks need to sell their way out of mediocrity
Nick Piecoro writes: “For as complicated as the Diamondbacks’ upcoming trade-deadline decision might appear on the surface, it seems to be growing simpler by the day. The longer the Diamondbacks remain stuck in mediocrity — regardless of where they are in the wild-card race — the more logical it becomes for them to sell.”
NJ.com: Why Philadelphia Phillies, Diamondbacks make ideal fit for blockbuster
Jog Giglio writes: “It’s time for a game of connect the trade dots. Forget the standings and National League Wild Card race. Instead, focus on the big picture and this will become clear: Every trade takes two to tango, and no better trade combination exists in baseball over the next two weeks than the Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks.”
The Arizona Republic: If Diamondbacks sell, Robbie Ray is their prize trade chip
Nick Piecoro writes: “On Friday night in St. Louis, left-hander Robbie Ray threw strikes, missed bats, worked deep into the game and limited damage. He did all the things that make him a valuable member of the Diamondbacks rotation – and all the things that make him arguably the most attractive starting pitcher that could be available at the trade deadline. The Diamondbacks, of course, haven’t publicly signaled whether they will buy or sell at the deadline, instead indicating that they will determine that based on how the club performs over the next two weeks.”
USA TODAY Sports: What Diamondbacks might do among MLB trade deadline’s biggest questions
Bog Nightgale writes: “They aren’t going to go into a full-scale rebuild, but privately, they want to sell. They’d love to trade Greinke and shed his salary. They also are shopping starter Robbie Ray, outfielders David Peralta and Adam Jones, and will listen to offers for relievers Greg Holland, Yoshihisa Hirano, T.J. McFarland and Andrew Chafin. They may be just 1 ½ games out of the wild-card race, but they are a staggering 14 ½ games behind the runaway Dodgers in the NL West, and have a horde of scouts starting to follow them.”
The Arizona Republic: Should the Diamondbacks buy or sell at MLB trade deadline? Why not both?
Nick Piecoro writes: “Hazen didn’t go into specifics, but one path toward both buying and selling could be to trade off one or more of those players nearing free agency in exchange for younger, less proven big leaguers who offer more years of club control. The team essentially followed that blueprint with the Goldschmidt trade in December. Perhaps in a perfect world they would be acquiring players who fill similar roles to those they are giving up. Or it could mean trading those players for prospects while looking to make deals with other clubs to fill the holes created. At the same time, the Diamondbacks could pursue trades for rentals, thus keeping the cost down in terms of prospect capital.”
Players potentially on the move at MLB trade deadline
USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale predict who could be traded at the MLB trade deadline.