Derrick Hall: Jon Jay was a piece D-backs needed right now

Jun 7, 2018, 12:20 PM | Updated: 3:41 pm
Kansas City Royals' Jon Jay hits an RBI-single in the third inning of a baseball game against the N...

Kansas City Royals' Jon Jay hits an RBI-single in the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Newly-acquired Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay will provide immediate relief to a depleted outfield.

With expected everyday players A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. missing extended time due to injury, the D-backs needed to go outside the organization to replace their production.

In the trade to acquire Jay, the D-backs parted with two minor league pitchers, Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano.

“Jon Jay’s a really good player. He’s a winner. He’s been on winning teams, he’s been in the World Series a few times,” said D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall. “He’s a bright force in the clubhouse, he’s someone we targeted in the offseason.”

Jay’s been very productive at the plate this season for the Royals hitting .307 prior to being traded to the D-backs Wednesday evening.

The D-backs farm system is still lacking in high-level impact prospects. This makes it more difficult to acquire impact big league players prior to the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Giving up prospects is always difficult, but given the injuries the team has suffered, Arizona needed to acquire a productive outfielder to fill in during Pollock’s and Souza’s absence.

“It’s always tough to give up prospects, especially when you’re trying to replenish the farm system that had been depleted. We felt that this was a piece that we needed right now,” said Hall.

Luciano was the D-backs’ No. 28 prospect, according to Baseball America. The 18-year-old right-hander posted a 2.84 ERA in his first full season in the Pioneer League.

Speier is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher who has been used mainly in relief. The newly-acquired Royal recorded a 3.03 ERA in 20 games for Double-A Jackson this season.

“This is a great move for this team, it’s a breath of fresh air and a shot in the arm,” said Hall.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel flips the rosin bag during the second inning o...
Wills Rice

D-backs avoid sweep with rollercoaster win vs. Tigers in Keuchel’s debut

Dallas Keuchel and the Arizona Diamondbacks secured an 11-7 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday in his debut with the team.
13 hours ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho (12) celebrates his three-run home run against the Detroit Tig...
Arizona Sports

Watch: D-backs’ Daulton Varsho clears pool to cap 5-run inning vs. Tigers

D-backs CF Daulton Varsho sent a 435-foot blast at Chase Field to punctuate a five-run sixth inning Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. 
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers duri...
Alex Weiner

D-backs LHP Dallas Keuchel limits damage during inefficient team debut

Dallas Keuchel took the hill at Chase Field for the first time as a member of the D-backs Sunday and provided 4.1 innings.
2 days ago
Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the first inning against the New York Ya...
Arizona Sports

D-backs select LHP Dallas Keuchel to big league roster, will start Sunday

The D-backs selected LHP Dallas Keuchel from the Rookie ACL D-backs and the former Cy Young winner will make his first start on Sunday. 
2 days ago
Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson fields a grounder by Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Roja...
Arizona Sports

Former ASU star Spencer Torkelson ‘trusting the process’ in rookie season

Despite his struggles to start his MLB career, former Sun Devil Spencer Torkelson is positive he will be able to turn things around.
2 days ago
Detroit Tigers' Javier Baez (28) is caught stealing by Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zach D...
Alex Weiner

D-backs drop 5th straight with loss to Tigers: ‘These are grinding times’

The Tigers took a 6-3 lead in the sixth inning Saturday night, and the D-backs never got the game-tying run to the plate.
3 days ago
Derrick Hall: Jon Jay was a piece D-backs needed right now