Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall explained the future of the team, including potential moves before the waiver deadline, offseason roster changes and the farm system.
The Diamondbacks have lost two series in a row and they dropped the first game against the Chicago Cubs. President and CEO Derrick Hall addressed potential changes in the teams future.
Hall praised the way the team addressed needs before the trade deadline.
“I’m pleased with what they did,” Hall said. “I think we’ve addressed most of our needs if not all.”
The 4.5-game lead the Diamondbacks have in the second Wild Card will not hold for their remaining 47 games. If they continue on this skid, they might be looking to address a few needs at the waiver deadline.
Short-term: Moves before the Waiver deadline
The moves before the trade deadline have been successful so far, but the waiver deadline is coming up. With the postseason race getting tighter, Hall didn’t seem too worried.
“Mike Hazen, our guys will continue to look. We don’t feel that there’s too many needs right now,” Hall said. “But they’re going to continue to kick the tires and if there’s something that needs to be done, they’ll do it.”
On a three-game skid, with an inconsistent offense and struggling starters, the Diamondbacks still have 19 games against first place teams. If they’re considering looking for help, they’re running out of time to get it.
Near Future: Maintaining or Changing this Roster in the Offseason
However, some fans were also concerned with the future of the roster as the offseason gets closer. Having a team that is fun to watch is great for all parties involved, but it also brings concern in the offseason.
Fans were wondering if they’re favorite will survive offseason trades and contract negotiations.
“This team is showing chemistry camaraderie wise. With the homegrown talent that’s here, it’s been a nice blend and I think we’ve got a lot of talent here, a lot of sustainable talent,” Hall said. “But as you know rosters get changed in the offseason hopefully to improve this product.”
Hall has complete confidence in his baseball operations staff.
“I know that we have a baseball operations staff that’s going to be looking as soon as the the final game of the regular season and or post season is over,” Hall said. “I have all the confidence in the world in them and improving this product.”
Long-Term: The State of the Diamondbacks Farm System
One of the Diamondbacks more pressing issues has been the state of the farm system. It isn’t a secret that the Diamondbacks farm system has been listed among the worst.
“I think it’s a lot better than we thought going into the season,” Hall said.
Hall explained that the team was able to hold onto the talented group they drafted this year, while still acquiring needs at the trade deadline.
“We’ve got some big up and coming players that are very young ages and I think it’s going to bode well for us in the future.”