Trade Deadline Nears

By Nicholas Valenzuela

As the trade deadline approaches on Tuesday afternoon, you can certainly assume that Arizona GM Kevin Towers will be busy working the phones looking to add some depth for the team to make a stretch run for the N.L. West division Title. It truly is one of the busiest times of the year for one of the most prominent members of Arizona’s management team for sure.

After numerous rumors regarding Arizona All-star outfielder Justin Upton surfaced at the beginning of the month, talks and rumors regarding the D-backs have died down over the last week. That came after Towers had basically guaranteed that Upton would not be traded before the end of the season.

Quite a few contending teams have called on the availability of Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew who has hit only .203 in 23 games since returning to the lineup after angle surgery and recovery last season.  With Willie Bloomquist batting a solid .299 this season while filling in for Drew, many speculated Drew would be available given his contract situation. However Towers has not actively shopped Drew, and is leaning towards seeking pitching depth instead. After snagging third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros on Sunday, Towers may be comfortable with the depth of his offense. Not many other rumors have surfaced regarding any current D-backs players, but that can change very quickly near the deadline.

Regardless of the current state of the squad, Towers (who is known by other baseball execs as a “gun-slinger”) will definitely be active all evening and up till the deadline looking for ways to improve his squad.

That was the last thing on the minds of Arizona players, as they feasted on Dodger pitching Monday night to enjoy a 7-2 victory over the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. It is the beginning of a very important part of the D-backs schedule as they face the Dodgers for two more games in L.A. (huge opportunity to get back in the race) and a three game series in Philadelphia to face the Phillies.