Tony Pena. Gone.
Tony Clark. Gone.
Felipe Lopez. Gone.
Those three guys have either been traded or released in lieu of minor league prospects over the past two weeks. Before you get all up in arms, yes, Josh Whitesell is still considered a prospect to me. He is hitting .206 through Monday’s game. You’ve got issues when the percentage of hits you are getting is less than the legal drinking age. Paying attention Chris Young?
Although general manager Josh Byrnes is reluctant to confirm the team is looking more moves before the trade deadline, it is clear he is listening to offers due to the lack of straight denials. The problem with trying to get younger is you have to move all the older dead weight in front of that young talent.
If you asked me two weeks ago, I would have told you starting pitcher Doug Davis is a great candidate to be moved, even with a 4-8 record, now 4-9 after his worst outing of the year last night in Colorado. Now I’m not so sure. He has looked like his old self the last couple of times out. Right now Yusmeiro Petit is pitching better and I never thought I’d be able to say he is a better pitcher than even Howard Stern producer Gary Dell’Abate, who as some know, threw a ceremonial first pitch earlier this season before a New York Mets game and was about as close to home plate as New York is to Los Angeles.
At this point, I might even want Dell’Abate pitching for the Dbacks as bad as they are. Maybe they can give him a tryout when the Dbacks visit New York the weekend after next. Can’t be any worse than Blaine Boyer, who’s been about as impressive as Joe Buck trying to reign in Artie Lange on The Joe Buck Show.
One thing is for sure. This season is a lost cause. At 39-54 going into this evening’s showdown at Coors Field, I’d rather watch the 2008 World Series of Poker on ESPN than watch Max Scherzer get lit up in the thin air of Denver.
Next in line to leave the desert if not Davis, should be Chad Tracy. Problem is no one wants him. Young needs to go back to the minors – for the rest of the season. Maybe they can trade Chad Tracy for a bag of marbles. Byrnes will need his marbles if they consider getting rid of Brandon Webb in the off-season.
There is one thing to look forward to this week when it comes to the Dbacks. They do come home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. No, I have no interest in watching the AAA Pirates play the AAA Dbacks. I have more interest in going and watching a Los Angeles Lakers summer game in Las Vegas. You gotta know things are bad when it comes down to that.
You see, my wife is singing the national anthem with a church choir group on Friday at Chase Field. That will be the best part of the game. I look forward to getting my hot dogs, watching the anthem, and being gone by the third inning.
Go get ’em ‘Drea!