Arizona Diamondbacks: Reviewing 2014’s Deadline Deals
Dec 9, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
This is shaping up to be a quiet trading deadline season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the team having an eye on contending next season and with a young core, there aren’t many parts for the team to trade. There is one contract they would like to get rid of (Aaron Hill‘s) and two veteran free agents by season’s end (Cliff Pennington and Oliver Perez) that the team likes having around.
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Contrast that with 2014. Arizona’s season was basically over by mid-May and it was obvious that when Tony LaRussa became the Chief Baseball Officer, there would be some changes both on the field and among management. They also became an attractive team for those clubs who wanted to make a playoff push by making an acquisition or two. Some rumors didn’t pan out, such Hill going to the Washington Nationals. When the dust settled, the D’backs traded three key players for a total of four players/prospects. Let’s revisit those deals and take stock of the return that the Snakes received.
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