By John Shea @real_johnshea on June 28, 2014
The last-place Arizona Diamondbacks have failed to satisfy preseason expectations, prompting ownership to bring in famed manager Tony La Russa to oversee team operations. Current GM Kevin Towers could on the verge of losing his job while a fire-sale appears imminent. The D'Backs own one of the worst pitching staffs in all of baseball, crippling their chances of making a second-half comeback. The 2014 MLB season is unofficially over for Arizona.
There's essentially no denying the fact that Towers has failed miserably as the team's GM. Arizona won the NL West in 2011, but hasn't been competitive since. Towers has been subject of several highly questionable personnel decisions, such as trading Justin Upton and Chris Johnson. The D'Backs own a $112-million payroll in 2014, the largest in their 17-year history, yet reside 13.0 games out of first place and 14 games under the .500 mark.
There's no telling where the D'Backs would be if it weren't for their slugging first baseman. Arizona ranks 15th in total runs scored, averaging 4.02 runs per game. Goldschmidt is the primary component of their marginal success at the plate. He's been terrific all season, recording a solid .299 batting average with 15 home runs while driving-in 53 runs. He's racked up 166 total bases, 46 more than any other player on the D'Backs roster.
Towers committed a gargantuan gaffe in inking McCarthy to a two-year deal before the 2013 season. The veteran right-hander has won seven games in 39 starts for Arizona over the course of 1.5 seasons. He's arguably the worst starter in the big leagues in 2014, posting a 2-10 record with a 5.11 ERA in 17 starts. His frequent inability to keep the D'Backs close enough to have a chance to win makes him a DFA candidate if a trade suitor isn't found.
The former D'Backs starter exhibited flashes of greatness in 2013, registering a solid 1.19 WHIP in 116.1 innings of work, but struggled to keep the ball in the park. He surrendered a whopping 24 home runs last season, prompting a switch to the bullpen. Delgado was a big piece of the infamous Upton trade, but simply hasn't panned out. He owns a glaring 6.31 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched this season.
Signing Trumbo to a one-year, $4.8 million deal is a minor gaffe in the greater scheme of things, but the slugging outfielder has failed to stay healthy, crippling Arizona's offense. Trumbo owns a .210 batting average with 7 home runs while driving-in 19 runs in 21 games this season. His contract doesn't compare to the bewildering $26-million deal that Cody Ross received, but it's a symbol of Towers' extreme incompetence as a decision-maker.
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