Two games into the season, it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks may be pressed for starting pitching help if they hope to contend in 2014. Revisiting a possible trade may be the immediate impact that the D-Backs need as they head back toward the states with an 0-2 record. In the land down under, Arizona dropped both games to their divisional rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers to open up the 2014 season. A cause for concern in Arizona could be the sudden lack of depth among their starting pitching.
Just before they made the trip to Australia for the 2014 Opening Series, the D-Backs received the crushing news that Patrick Corbin is likely done for the season with elbow damage. Newcomer Bronson Arroyo is also banged up to start the season as well out in the desert. If Arizona hopes to compete with the heavy favorite in LA, they cannot afford to fall behind too far too soon.
In the two-game set, starters Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill both struggled out of the gates. Miley allowed three runs in five innings of work, while Cahill gave up five runs in just four innings out on the mound. When Arizona opens up play back in the states, they will need veteran Brandon McCarthy to suddenly step up and become a leader within the rotation.
Along side McCarthy, young arms Randall Delgado and Archie Bradley could also see their workload and dependency increased as well. However, might there be another solution out there for Arizona to consider in order to compete in the NL West this season?
During the offseason, the Diamondbacks were one of the teams rumored in trying to land starter Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs. No offseason deal was reached, and for the moment, Samardzija remains a Cub. With Arizona now playing catch up after just two games, and with an apparent spot or two to fill in the rotation, might those talks heat back up once again?
With the D-Backs in more of a win now mode than Chicago, a trade could be made in order to keep up with the Dodgers. Samardzija would give Arizona a workhorse starter and innings eater at the front-end of the rotation. He would also help lengthen the staff, soften the loss of Corbin for the year, and allow Bradley to ease into the grueling big-league season.
In return, the Cubs would always welcome more prospects to grow within their farm system as they continue to mold their youth movement. While it is just two games, those games did show a potential weakness for the D-Backs. Arizona does not need to hit the panic button just yet, but it also would not hurt to revisit some hot-stove trade talks before the season melts away just as it is heating up out in the desert.