The trade deadline is months away and the Arizona Diamondbacks have not been mentioned in many trade rumors around the league, a team that has many needs like starting pitching, relief, outfield, and bats.
With so many needs, whom can they put out there as trade bates to get in return talent enough to fill their needs? After looking through many rumors around the league the D-backs popped up in only one, involving two players.
The rumor had the New York Yankees trading for third basemen Martin Prado and relief pitcher Brad Ziegler, offering in return catcher Gary Sanchez, number eight lefty prospect Ian Clarkin, and UTL Yangervis Solarte who is in the top five for batting average.
The D-backs trading Prado would be a cash dump of his big 22 million dollar contract owed over the next two years, and Ziegler would save the team six million.
Although this trade would not make sense, it would give the D-backs another solid bat but it would not cover their starting pitching issues. This trade has players going to teams that already have current starters in the same positions; Solarte would come and split utility time with both Chavez and Pennington. Sanchez will be back-up to Montero at catcher and that would not be much of an up-grade to help the team.
As for the Yankees, Prado and Ziegler would actually help their cause at third base and bolstering their bull pen but I don’t see them allowing one of the top five batters to just walk away.
Production from Prado has not been that eye opening this year for any team to pick up a 22 million dollar contract, but if any team will do it it’s the over paying for a roster Yankees.
Much debating will commence about this trade but it doesn’t look like this is the one that will help the D-backs, although adding another bat could help them score some runs that could win them some games.
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