By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on April 11, 2014
The Arizona Diamondbacks made moves this offseason to bolster their chances of contending this season, and if they fail to meet that expectation some notable players could be on the move when July’s trade deadline nears.
As they look to move beyond a 4-8 start to the season entering Friday’s action and become legit playoff contenders, here are five Diamondbacks who could be on the trade block at some point this season.
Pollock is off to a slow start this season (.205 with one RBI and zero stolen bases), and when Cody Ross returns from hip surgery there’s speculation he’ll become the odd-man out in Arizona’s outfield.
Chavez only has 11 at-bats so far this season, and as long as Martin Prado is healthy his role won’t change much. If another team offers a mid-range prospect for Chavez at some point, Arizona may have to listen.
Ross is close to returning to action after having hip surgery last August, and manager Kirk Gibson has said he’ll be Arizona’s primary left fielder when he’s ready to go. The Diamondbacks have enough outfield depth to consider trading Ross, assuming he stays healthy and can come close to recapturing his 2012 form with Boston (22 home runs and 81 RBI).
Putz has experience as a closer (189 career saves) and he’s in the final year of his contract. If a team that needs bullpen help comes calling, the Diamondbacks would surely like to unload him.
Delgado has a 10.13 ERA through two starts so far this season, and he looks likely to be sent to the bullpen in short order. If the Diamondbacks don’t want to keep him in a relief role as effectively an extra starter, Delgado is young enough (24) to intrigue a lot of other teams.
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