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Arizona Diamondbacks to explore MLB trade market as offseason begins

They will have to be very creative to get a team to take on a big chunk of his contract and bring back young talent.

Right-hander Zack Greinke is a possible example. He is owed more than $31 million a year over the next three seasons, and if the Diamondbacks were to find a taker – even if it meant paying down some of his contract – they potentially could bring back young talent in a trade and free up money to be spent strategically on smaller, upside plays in free agency.

The Diamondbacks’ offseason could end up being about shifting their focus. The past two years for Hazen’s group have been about trying to win without severely compromising the future. The goal might shift more toward the future while still trying to field competitive teams in the present.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 10, 2018 at 04:16 PM (#5764248)
Copied from an earlier DBacks "thread" (2 posts!):

Uncle Walt's DBacks post-mortem:

For position players, there's just no depth. Five guys had solid-good years in Goldschmidt, Marte, Ahmed (all glove), Pollock and Peralta ... and DeScalso was a solid bench player. But that's really it. Zack Grinke is 9th in position player WAR, tied for 10th are Patrick Corbin and Jeff Mathis. The #8 guy was Jake Lamb who played 1/3 of the season and #7 was deadline pick-up Eduardo Escobar. Only 10 position players had positive WAR and one of those was Mathis and his 44 OPS+ (0.2 WAR) and another was Dyson with his 43 OPS+ (0.1 WAR). A healthy Lamb will help but they need catching and an actual bench.

The rotation was strong, the bullpen was a standard mix of excellence and crap (and the challenge of knowing who's gonna be which). WAA likes the team well enough -- #7 rotation, #8 bullpen (most NL bullpens were bad this year apparently), #6 position players (1.2 WAA) -- kinda what you expect an 82-80 team might look like.

They're getting old but not really there yet. Goldschmidt, Peralta and Pollock all turn 31, Souza 30, the bench guys are all over 30 but nobody important is over 34. Except Greinke but he's the only guy in the rotation over 30.

Surprisingly challenging team to figure out how to improve. Reasonably set at 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF plus Descalso for the bench. Do you give up on Souza? Probably not, so that's RF sorted. C is the big hole then it's the mystery of finding good bench players. But Dyson's under contract and this is his first season when his defense and running weren't enough to pull him above-average so that's your OF sorted. Owings seems like a typical back-up MI and, with Descalso, it's no clear there will be better options this offseason. Avila is also still under contract. Those guys are all more than cheap enough to walk away from but you've got to find the better options first.

So kinda like the Mets. Not a terrible team, average-good in several spots, not many guaranteed disasters ... but very few guys you are confident in even being average. If you could guarantee the good version would show up, Bryce Harper would be a good fit here. (Yeah, and everywhere else, I just mean what would really transform this team would be a 5-WAR player in RF.) JT Realmuto would be an obvious trade target (also as he would for almost any team).
   2. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: October 10, 2018 at 04:22 PM (#5764256)
They're getting old but not really there yet. Goldschmidt, Peralta and Pollock all turn 31, Souza 30, the bench guys are all over 30 but nobody important is over 34. Except Greinke but he's the only guy in the rotation over 30.

Surprisingly challenging team to figure out how to improve. Reasonably set at 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF plus Descalso for the bench.


Pollock is a FA, so if he leaves, that's another hole. I kinda get the feeling they won't pay what he wants.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:04 PM (#5764347)
Yep, I had missed Pollock in that earlier post ... and didn't think about it in the re-post. He's missed so much time the last 3 years (972 PAs) that it's a hole the DBacks have gotten used to.

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