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Updated Jul 3, 2013 - 8:05 pm

ESPN analyst: D-backs ‘have to do something' in trade market

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is a potential trade target for Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. (AP Photo)

A little more than halfway through the season, they've shown to be a little better than a .500 team, yet the Arizona Diamondbacks are the unlikely leaders of the National League West.

The Diamondbacks' place in the standings seemingly has more to do with the mediocrity of the division in which they play than their performance on the baseball diamond.

With the recent surge of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the proven capability of the world champion San Francisco Giants, ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian believes the Diamondbacks have some work to do on the trade market in order to stay in the pennant race.

"I think the Diamondbacks have to do something because I'm just not sure they're good enough to win the division with the club they have right now," Kurkjian told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo on Wednesday.

"And I think they have to do something because someone else in the division is."

Last season, Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks were virtually idle on the trade market as their division rivals landed All-Stars like Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Hunter Pence. Kurkjian expects something different this season, with the team showing more promise and holding the division lead for most of the season.

"I would expect the Diamondbacks to be really aggressive but without giving up the whole farm," the ESPN analyst said.

"They're going to have to get another pitcher out of this or some help somewhere."

As of late, the club has shown its desperate need for starting pitching and has been linked to targets such as the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo, the Cubs' Matt Garza and the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco.

Gallardo, who is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his career at Chase Field, is having a down year in Milwaukee, yet Kurkjian thinks he's the best starting pitcher available.

"I think he would make a difference," he said. "I think he'd be the best pitcher out there, better than Garza, better than Jake Peavy, because we're not sure of Jake Peavy's health, better than Ricky Nolasco or pretty much anyone else out there."

The analyst was sure to add a few caveats to the prospect of the Diamondbacks trading for Gallardo, however.

"But the way he's pitched this year, I don't think he's a difference maker who takes a non-contender and makes them a contender and takes a contender and turns it into a champion. I don't think he's that good.

"Also understand, when you're going to deal with Doug Melvin (general manager) of the Brewers, you'd better come with your best prospects or he's not going to make the deal."

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

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