With the extra Wild Card added for this season, the line between buyers and sellers has been blurred as the trade deadline approaches. One team in particular that seems to be on the fence is the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On the plus side, the D-Backs fought back from being six games below .500 and 11.5 games out in the National League West to coming within four games of the division lead last month. After the All-Star Break, nine of their next 13 games come against the three worst teams in baseball.
On the down side, the team is 3-8 over its past 11 games, and was just swept at home by the lowly San Diego Padres. Arizona is currently 40-43, six games back in the division.
It would appear, with the soft schedule, Arizona has a great chance of being on the right side of .500 again come the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on how the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants fare, that could put the D-Backs in buy mode.
If the Snakes can’t snap out of the funk they’re been in so far early this month and go on a hot streak, there will be all the reason for the front office to start selling.
General manager Kevin Towers has been outspoken about his willingness to listen to trade offers on any of his players.
“I’m open-minded on anybody, everybody. Even guys who have no-trade clauses.
If people are untouchable, how do you ever gather info? There are a lot of GMs who are like that — they won’t talk about a guy. Well, who knows, somebody may value the guy way more than you do, and my job is to continue to make this organization better going forward.
So if you put everybody off limits, nobody is going to call you. So at least you find out value on your players and how others value them. I take the same approach every single year. If they want to speculate as to who might be available that’s up to them.”
Arizona won the first game of a three-game series they have with the division-leading Dodgers. After four days off for the All-Star Break, the D-Backs have three games at the Chicago Cubs, four at the Cincinnati Reds, then host the Houston Astros for three games and Colorado Rockies for three more.
How they fare over that stretch could determine whether the Diamondbacks will be buyers or sellers.