As we all know, the Major League Baseball (non-waiver) trading deadline is tomorrow at 4 PM EST. As far as the Arizona Diamondbacks are concerned, team officials have been huddled in Cincinnati plotting out the direction of the organization led by new Operations Manager Tony LaRussa. With the D’backs 15 games under .500, many feel the team will be looking to deal off parts for prospects and to shed salaries. Here are a list of players that have been mentioned over the last month and what (if any) specific teams have been linked to them.
Aaron Hill: The three teams that have been linked to him are the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals. Toronto would be a homecoming as it was the team that drafted him and where he spent the first six and a half years of his career. The Yankees need someone to play second and with Hill under contract through 2016, would represent a solid short-to-medium term solution.
Oliver Perez: Interest from the Atlanta Braves as well as every other playoff contender with a need for a lefty in the bullpen. Affordable contract pays him $2.5 million dollars next season before becoming a free agent. More than just a guy who pitches just to left-handed batters.
Brad Ziegler: The Detroit Tigers were the one team we know of that inquired on the dependable veteran. I am sure there have been others although none have been as public. Teams with playoff aspirations are always looking for another bullpen arm. Ziegler has been one of the better ones the majority of his career. The D’backs don’t seem to be willing to part with him at the moment.
Addison Reed: Sure, they acquired him literally months ago but the team has made it known that they are willing to listen to offers regarding him. Chase Field doesn’t really seem to agree with Reed as he has given up nine home runs in less than 43 innings. At 25, he is getting ready to hit arbitration and I am sure there is some other team’s pitching guru that thinks he can straighten him out. Reed’s ERA is now down to 3.80.
Martin Prado: The Nats were the only team mentioned as possible landing spot but a move to the Yankees would make sense as well. He can play second base and fill it at third if Chase Headley needs a break. Also under contract through 2016 at $10 million per season.
Gerardo Parra: Once thought to be off-limits, Parra now can be had for the right price. He is entering his final year of arbitration and appears to be expendable thanks to the emergence of David Peralta. Hitting has slumped in 2014 which may lower his value.
Paul Goldschmidt: Just kidding.