What was left of the Diamondbacks 2014 season was taken away when A.J Pollack went down with a fractured right hand. While he might only be out for 6 weeks, the recovery could take up to two months, and we dont know what kind of player he will be when he comes back. Regardless, the Snakes are 23-36 which puts them 15 games out in the National League West behind the first place Giants who by the way have the best record in baseball. Simply put, 2014 is a lost year for this team, and its time to start looking at 2015 and beyond. That is why I wouldn’t be surprised to see veterans go to teams that are on the brisk of contention. The first name that is out there is Bronson Arroyo.
In his Sunday Baseball Notes column, national baseball columnist Nick Cafardo talked about the possibility of Bronson Arroyo being traded at the deadline:
“With the Diamondbacks likely out of the race by the deadline, look for Arroyo to be on the move again. Arroyo is an experienced starter who could solidify the back of a rotation, particularly for a National League team. He’s not a shutdown guy, rather a keep-your-team-in-the-game guy.”
The Diamondbacks acquired the veteran righthander after failing to acquire Masahiro Tanaka who signed with the Yankees. He dealt with health issues early on, which is not like him, but he is back. In his last seven starts he has gone at least 7 innings 5 times. Overall he is 4-4 with a 4.39 era, and he definitely would help out a team that is making a playoff run. Plus getting rid of Arroyo allows a team to take him off the Snakes hands. Arizona likely wont get much for Arroyo considering his contract runs through 2015, that includes a buyout for 2016, but they possibly get minor league players to stock their system for the rebuild. Depending on what the team does over the next two months this might not be the worst idea.