Arizona Diamondbacks 2021 Trade Deadline Predictions!
By Jake Oliver
Could David Peralta be the next Arizona Diamondbacks player to end up in St. Louis via trade?
Now David Peralta seems to be traded, at least according to Robert Murray of FanSided. I lean towards him being traded too. I have seen in years past that the St. Louis Cardinals always liked Peralta. Peralta was originally signed by the Cardinals and used to pitch in their organization. Now he could come back as a platoon OF who can provide good power, hitting tools, and leadership. He’s on an affordable contract that goes to the end of 2022, at 7.5 million a year. The Diamondbacks would probably pay a bit of that off to get a better return from the Cardinals good minor league system. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are rallying to be in the playoffs in 2022. Having a good left-handed hitter who can play LF or RF is always a good thing to have.
I discussed above what the Cardinals would get. How about the Arizona Diamondbacks? As mentioned prior, the Dbacks have little 3B depth. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are flush with that. I have the Dbacks acquiring Brendan Donovan, the #25 prospect in St. Louis system. He is near ready for the Majors, playing in Double-AA and 24 already. He has shown to have solid contact skills with a .315 BA this year. He fits the Dbacks mentality of take walks, not strikeouts as he has 29 walks to 13 strikeouts. He can field well. He is currently blocked by Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman, the Cardinals top two 3B in their organization. Thus, they should be willing to deal him. Griffin Roberts is a pitcher who ranks #24 in the Cardinals system. The Cardinals are known for selecting good pitchers as look at what Zac Gallen and Sandy Alcantara are doing. He is also in Double-AA and near MLB ready as a reliever. He is trying to be a starter but he might end up long-term as a reliever. Either way, the Dbacks need more pitching so he helps.