The Arizona Diamondbacks are a team to watch leading up to the MLB trade deadline.

In fact, they might be the team to watch.

Rumors and speculation continue to swirl around the Arizona Diamondbacks as the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaches and ESPN’s Jeff Passan recently said the franchise was the club to watch.

“To me, the Arizona Diamondbacks hold so many keys to this trade deadline because they have someone at almost every position,” Passan said on ESPN.

Passan specifically talked about Robbie Ray, Greg Holland, Andrew Chafin, David Peralta, Alex Avila, Jarrod Dyson and Adam Jones as possible trade candidates for Arizona.

He left off Zack Greinke, who has been rumored to be on the trading block, but whose salary and no-trade clause could potentially make a deal difficult.

“I mention Robbie Ray, front-line type arm with a high strikeout rate, a guy who really could be someone who starts a playoff game,” Passan said on ESPN. “They have some back-end of the bullpen guys in Greg Holland and Andrew Chafin, a guy who is going to draw a lot of interest. David Peralta, a bat. Alex Avila, a backup catcher who could start. Jarrod Dyson, a centerfielder. Adam Jones, you go on and on …”

The Diamondbacks, who currently sit at 51-50, are two games out of the final playoff spot in the National League. The race for that final postseason berth is a crowded one, however, with several teams within striking distance.

Passan said to keep an eye on Arizona.

“The Diamondbacks have been playing really well and find themselves in that wild-card hunt, but if they do decide to sell and bolster what is already a really good farm system, they are going to be a team that is going to become real popular July 31,” he said.

More Arizona Diamondbacks MLB trade chatter:

The Athletic: Cubs interested in Jarrod Dyson

Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic wrote: “If Dyson is moved, it will likely come closer to the July 31 deadline, giving the Diamondbacks more time to evaluate where they stand this year.”

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The Arizona Republic: Several teams scouting Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick Piecoro wrote: “If the scouting presence at Chase Field on Monday evening was any indication, rival clubs seem to be thoroughly preparing for the Diamondbacks to sell. A number of contending teams had scouts in attendance, including the Cubs, Indians, Dodgers and Rays.”

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CBS Sports: Diamondbacks could be a seller at MLB trade deadline

Dayn Perry writes: “The D-Backs are within range of wild-card status in the NL, and at the moment they’ve got a strong plus-66 run differential. That said, the inclination seems to be against chasing a wild-card spot and instead flipping select veteran assets for young talent. It’s fluid, of course. In the NL this season, there’s a lot of compression in the wild-card race, and mini-surge leading up to the deadline could change the plans of “soft sellers” like Arizona. In their case, the on-field results over the next several days will likely inform their approach as July 31 gets closer. If they do sell, which seems likely, Robbie Rayfigures to get moved, as the buzz is loud and consistent surrounding the hard-throwing lefty. The still-peak Zack Greinke would also net them a strong return if they decide to wholly commit to a rebuild. Outfielder David Peralta has also been the subject of trade rumors. If GM Mike Hazen opts to move both Ray and Greinke, then the D-Backs will come out of the deadline with an impressive haul of prospects.”

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