The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a tough situation as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline approaches next week. They really could use some starting pitching help. Their scouts are all over Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy but so are everyone elses. Nearly eight to ten teams are interested in the veteran starter for help down the stretch so that means the price will be high.
There is little question that Peavy would upgrade the current pitching staff. He has come back from the disabled list as good as he’s been any time in the past few seasons. The only question in the situation is whether the DBacks want to get themselves into a bidding war for Peavy. Weighing in on the good side of the debate is the fact that Peavy has an option for next year that would let the DBacks make a qualifying offer if they trade for him. That way they would be sure to get something, if not him, back next year.
That might not be good enough however if they have to give up two top prospects to get Peavy. The other options on the market are risky because they could help the DBacks but not quite as assuredly as Peavy could. Bud Norris of the Houston Astros would be a decent second option and if the Kansas City Royals are really listening to offers for Ervin Santana, that would as well.
Of course they could elect not to bring anyone in and hope their rotation gets them where they want to be. The problem with that is that the wildcard is looking right now like it might not involve the National League West and going with their current rotation would be a gamble at best.
At the same time, a trade is also a bit of a gamble but not the gamble it would be to go without bringing in someone to bolster the rotation. They should do what they can to get someone in that could help them without costing them too much in prospects. It won’t be easy.