Former GM Dipoto set D-backs up for success
Daniel Hudson, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs were all acquired by the now-Angels GM, who had the unenviable task of trying to rebuild the Diamondbacks over a couple months back in 2010.
The process involved trading pitchers Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson in separate deals and, in an ironic twist of fate, Dipoto and Haren were reunited this season.
Still, Dipoto was the guy who shipped Haren out of Arizona.
"The reality with that trade, and with any trade, is that every organization has its own circumstances at a given point in time," Dipoto told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday. "Danny was great for us there in Arizona and he's been fantastic for the Angels since he's come over here."
Haren compiled a 37-26 record and 3.56 ERA in 87 starts for the D-backs over parts of three seasons, but never reached the playoffs with the team. Given that he was in the midst of a down year in 2010 (7-8 with a 4.60 ERA), it made sense for Arizona to move its high-priced hurler.
"When we made that trade we were a team that needed to get deeper, and the trade of Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks to the Angels allowed us to do just that," Dipoto said.
Dipoto noted that besides the players the D-backs got in the deal -- Corbin, Skaggs, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders -- the team also gained flexibility that turned into guys like J.J. Putz and David Hernandez.
"A lot of that was made possible through trading Dan Haren, getting the young left-handers, putting Joe Saunders in the rotation to stabilize it as we thought it would.
If that was the only big trade Dipoto made that summer, his tenure as interim GM would have been considered a success. But it wasn't, as the Edwin Jackson trade a few days later netted Arizona a player who has been a mainstay in the rotation ever since.
"The idea with that trade was to create depth, again, to take the payroll down a little bit and use the money in different areas," Dipoto said. "I think that one worked out particularly well in that Daniel Hudson came in and performed like a top-half-of-the-rotation guy for the Diamondbacks virtually from the time he was acquired."
Dipoto made sure to note that the D-backs also acquired pitcher David Holmberg in the deal. The 20-year-old was recently promoted to Double-A Mobile after going 6-3 with a 2.99 ERA at Single-A Visalia.
"Still such a young guy, left-handed pitcher who's got a chance to pitch in the middle of a big league rotation before too long, and you can't have enough of those types of guys," Dipoto said.
No, you can't, and it's because of Dipoto the D-backs are loaded with quality arms.
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