Arizona Diamondbacks’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Arizona Diamondbacks Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of baseball's youngest teams. Established in 1998, there was no telling how good this franchise was going to be. A world series and five division titles later, people are starting to pick up on this team.

This team can contend with the best of them and are currently sitting in first place in the National League West. Now followed closely by the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, the Diamondbacks might need to make some moves when the trade deadline rolls around in a few weeks.

Baseball is an unpredictable sport and any team can get hot at any time. Los Angeles was so far out of first place about a month ago, thought were that they would only sink more instead of come back to the surface. However, the addition of rookie sensation Yasiel Puig has made them instant contenders.

Kirk Gibson and the Diamondbacks aren't too worried, however, as they've held first place for a majority of the season. His team plays the game well, ranking in the top half of most major offensive and pitching categories.

Scoring the fifth most runs in the NL, the Diamondbacks have a few guys to thank for their offensive success. Paul Goldschmidt is one of those guys and he has been a monster this season. Although he wasn't chosen as an All-Star starter with his .310 average, 21 homers and 74 RBIs -- triple the homers anyone else on his team has -- he's still on the reserve roster and is one of the MVP candidates halfway through the 2013 season.

Though this team is pretty solid already, they still need to add a couple pieces to ensure a World Series run. Who are the Diamondbacks' top five trade assets?

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5. Aaron Hill, 2B

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Any team that's looking for a veteran second baseman can look no further than Aaron Hill. Hill has had a solid season with a .300 average, three homers and 31 RBIs, and trade could get the Diamondbacks some much-needed pieces.

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4. Tyler Skaggs, SP

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Tyler Skaggs has started just four games this season but he is one of the best young arms in the Diamondbacks' organization. The 21-year-old could be added to a trade to get some top-notch talent and many teams are looking for great young starters.

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3. Matt Reynolds, RP

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Fourth-year reliever Matt Reynolds has been the most reliable arm in their bullpen lately. The 28-year-old reliever has a 1.98 ERA to go along with five holds and two saves. There's no doubt a team could be looking to bolster their bullpen and would give up some talent to do so.

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2. Gerardo Parra, RF

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Gerardo Parra is one of the bright young players in the Arizona system. The outfielder is in his fifth major league season and has played well in 2013. He's hitting .293 with nine homers and 29 RBIs -- oh, and he's just 26-years old.

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1. Didi Gregorius, SS

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Didi Gregorius has the talent to one day be a star shortstop in this league, and he is well on his way. The second-year player is just 23-years old and his stats are pretty solid. He's hitting .280 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. Give this kid time to develop and watch him grow.

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