Diamondbacks Roundtable: Venomstrikes Trade Deadline Review
By Charles Rahrig V
With the trade deadline having passed, are the Arizona Diamondbacks winners or losers for standing pat?
For having their name thrown out in a lot of rumors around the trade deadline, the Arizona Diamondbacks were on the few clubs to have come away without making any moves. They were linked to players such as Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman, and were even rumored to show interest in Cole Hamels.
However, at the end of the day, the Diamondbacks decided not to risk the future by standing pat and not making any moves. They were in the midst of a six-game winning streak at the time and the team was beginning to finally gel.
Was it the right move? It certainly makes sense that they decided to not pay the high price that buyers do, but could they have sold off some players to shed salary? Perhaps, they could have made a couple of moves, but at the end of the day the team was fine with where they were at.
With the growth of some of the younger players on the roster, it might make sense for the team to start becoming buyers in the next couple of seasons, but for right now, it’s time to see where the young players continue to take them and for the front office to analyze the future.
Some members of the Venom Strikes team discussed whether or not they thought the Diamondbacks were winners or losers at the deadline.
By standing pat, the D’backs indicated that while they weren’t necessarily giving up on 2015, they didn’t want to mortgage more of a farm system to be seen as a true playoff contender. Sometimes the deals you don’t make are the best ones. Of course, you still have to wonder what the front office was thinking that, if true, Braden Shipley was part of a package offered to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman. Before acquiring a closer, don’t you think you need to fortify the rotation in order to get a lead to a stopper? Had Shipley been dealt, it would have been the fourth first round pitcher since 2013 to have been traded out of the organization. But that’s a topic for another day.
This team is two starting pitchers away from being a real threat to the Dodgers and Giants. In my opinion, the entire focus of this offseason should be to bring in David Price. The team can revisit acquiring Chapman IF they get Price and/or another front line starter in the offseason. The heavy lifting of the D’backs for this season was primarily done last Winter and earlier in the year by dumping guys such as Bronson Arroyo, Trevor Cahill and Cody Ross. The offseason of 2015-2016 will be critical for the organization as they look to take the next step forward. I am glad they did nothing now.
From his article on the Diamondbacks Standing Pat
"At the end of the day I am happy the Dbacks stood pat. It wasn’t worth acquiring a one year rental for 2 of your best prospects.Expect the Dbacks to be active during the Winter Meetings, because it’s clear this team believes it’s close, and with their young core, Dbacks fans should be excited about what is coming."
Based on the responses, it’s clear that the time just wasn’t right yet for the Diamondbacks to make the big splash. The young players are developing, and it’s exciting to see whats next.
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