The Arizona Diamondbacks have already made a couple of trades this season, clearing salary while also adding some prospects.
They may not be done yet.
The non-waiver trade deadline is less than one month away, meaning every team in baseball might start feeling some pressure to make some moves. Teams that find themselves out of the playoff hunt will likely turn into sellers, whereas those who believe the postseason could be in their future may become buyers.
The Diamondbacks, who are 37-41 entering play Thursday, could probably go either way.
Surprisingly competitive, they have threatened to reach the .500 mark numerous times and find themselves seven games back of the L.A. Dodgers for the NL West lead, but just five games out of a Wild Card spot.
CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman put together a list of teams he thinks might turn into sellers, and even went so far as to propose a trade idea for them.
The Diamondbacks are on it, with Heyman writing that one competing general manager says the goal in Arizona seems to be to win as many games as possible this season.
That would seem to go against the “seller” mentality, though Heyman points out that there’s a decent chance the team won’t have enough to do any real damage this season.
While they may not be inclined to sell, it’s also still hard to see them beating the Dodgers and Giants to win the division, or the Pirates, Cubs and Mets to win a wild card.
So, when looking at who the team might trade away, Heyman pointed to veteran infielder Aaron Hill, who is in the second season of a three-year, $35 million extension signed before the 2013 season.
Proposed Trade: Hill to the Yankees. (These two teams seem to like to trade and the Yankees still aren’t completely settled at second base.)
Trade rumors have surrounded Hill pretty much from the beginning of the season. The 33-year-old is batting .224 with four home runs and 20 RBI this season while seeing time at both second and third base.