As the end of July approaches, MLB trade rumors will intensify.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in second place in the NL West and believe acquiring pitching could help them overtake the San Francisco Giants and reach the postseason.
Primary needs: Starting pitching, set-up reliever
Ideal: Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez would be an ideal fit for the Diamondbacks rotation, giving them a second left-hander to put in the rotation between Hudson and Kennedy. The Padres’ Mike Adams would be a perfect inexpensive bridge to closer J.J. Putz. The Diamondbacks’ farm system has some good arms that could make these type of deals come to fruition, but it is unlikely they will be willing to move them given the limited payroll under which they must operate.
Reality: Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is the most realistic fit for the D-Backs, though he has a full no-trade clause. However, due to the proximity of Phoenix to L.A. and the fact the D-Backs are in the pennant race, he might accept a trade. The D-Backs might be able to get him for two prospects including left-hander Wade Miley, but they won’t give up southpaw Pat Corbin.
The Diamondbacks will certainly have options at the trade deadline, but everything will depend on the price.
General Manager Kevin Towers has made it clear he is unwilling to give away the future simply for 2011 meaning if the D-backs do acquire a player on or before July 31, they will not only be thinking about this year’s playoff push, but future ones as well.