Arizona Diamondbacks: Winter Meetings Day 2
By Thomas Lynch
It is Day Two of the Winter Meetings and as for the Arizona Diamondbacks, they are standing pat for now.
This morning we had written that the Arizona Diamondbacks were determined to swing a deal for Shelby Miller “today” in a tweet by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Well, now it seems plans have changed. You know what they say about these meetings: information is fluid.
Fluid because stories change all the time, depending on the information you receive:
The big news of the day for the D-backs also involves a starting pitcher. The team formally announced the signing of Zack Greinke after he had passed his physical. He will be introduced to the media in Phoenix on Friday. To make a corresponding roster move, the Snakes designated right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel for assignment. Schugel pitched in total of five games for the D-backs in 2015, giving up five earned runs on 17 hits in 13 innings pitched.
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We have know that the D-backs have a surplus of Major League outfielders. We also know the Atlanta Braves have been furiously trying to acquire A.J. Pollock, offering Miller as the prize. A trade proposal that hasn’t been offered is David Peralta being sent to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco. This makes sense for both teams as each trades from their organization depth without sacrificing too much in the way of production when it comes to the their replacements. How about an outfielder we haven’t thought about being used as trade bait?
Brito would only intrigue a team if he were part of a larger package. Though he showed some flashes when the Diamondbacks called up him up in September, there is no way to know if he can be a starting Major League outfielder in 2016 for a contending team. Someone who is rebuilding like Atlanta or the Philadelphia Phillies would be able to play him every day to make that determination.
There have been a lot of false starts in terms of player signings. The big one was the trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers of Aroldis Chapman which is on hold because of an alleged domestic incident involving the Cincinnati Reds’ closer. We’ve heard that Ben Zobrist had an offer of four years at $80 million dollars on the table then have that refuted. Here is one that has brought Arizona into the mix.
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Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley was thought to have a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals in place but this seems to dispute that. He would make an excellent addition to the Snakes’ bullpen. The 31-year old Kelley had a 2.45 ERA in 53 games for the San Diego Padres last year. After losing out on Joakim Soria, Kelley would make a nice fallback option. That is of course, assuming he doesn’t sign with the Nats after all.