It’s not what the Arizona Diamondbacks planned on after a splashy winter, but selling at the August 1st trade deadline is becoming more likely with each game.
Unless the Diamondbacks break through and go on a big winning streak, then becoming a seller at the deadline is going to have to be seriously considered by the front office.
The D-backs are currently 28-37, ten games out of first in the West and 7.5 out of the Wild Card. The Wild Card is attainable at the moment, but this team has to play better in a lot of areas to catch up.
The D-backs need to turn it around and get back in the playoff race, or Arizona might have to consider the idea of “lightly selling” expendable pieces with value when the deadline rolls around on August 1.
One guy that falls into that category is setup man Daniel Hudson. Huddy has been the D-backs’ best pitcher, starter or reliever, this season. Yes even better than Zack Greinke.
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Hudson’s 1.82 ERA and 0.77 WHIP are elite numbers– any contender would want a pitcher like that on their team. Huddy is also set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, and relievers will be a hot commodity for contenders given how the game is set up today. The D-backs can get plenty of value back for a guy that may not be back next year anyway
The D-backs’ farm system needs some retooling after the Shelby Miller trade, and if this team falls further and further out of contention, the front office has to at least consider it. It won’t please fans, but that is the business of baseball.