The Pulse: Fans think Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill next to go

Jul 8, 2014, 8:00 AM | Updated: 8:01 am

Every day, asks readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down the right side of our home page.

On Monday, we asked which Arizona Diamondbacks player is next in line to be traded — not necessarily whom fans want to be traded to most, but which D-back the team could legitimately move in the near future.

This question comes after a busy weekend in which Arizona completed two trades, shipping Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels and Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees.

With 775 votes in, it appears our readers believe second baseman Aaron Hill is next in line to be dealt. Nearly 50 percent (340 people overall) of voters chose his name in the poll.

Hill, 32, has had some strong seasons since he came to the desert, but he’s batting .239 with 61 strikeouts in 326 at-bats in 2014. Despite his down year, fans — and other teams — must see that the 5-foot-11 infielder has value. This is a guy who slugged 26 home runs and 85 RBI while hitting .302 for Arizona two seasons ago.

The second baseman also might be a popular choice because of the weekend rumor that the Toronto Blue Jays are actively scouting him and third baseman Martin Prado.

Which brings us to the second-most popular option in the poll: Prado. One-hundred and seventy-nine (23 percent) of voters clicked the third baseman’s name.

Prado hit a home run Monday night against Miami, but it was just his fourth of the year, and his overall stat line has been lackluster at present, which is why he’s a popular trade candidate. Fans also must think other teams might see some value in a corner infielder who has hit .300 or higher in four of his nine MLB seasons.

We gave readers two other distinct options in the poll: reliever Brad Ziegler and outfileder Cody Ross. The latter came in third with 19 percent of people clicking his name, while Ziegler was chosen by just 7 percent of voters.

There was also a fifth option: other. That opened it up to any other player on the team that we might have glossed over. Not many people (3 percent, 23 overall) took this option; they mostly went with the players we listed.

If you’re wondering why starter Trevor Cahill wasn’t on the list, it’s because he’s in the minors at the moment, and it’s not likely that there’s much of a demand for his services before this year’s trade deadline.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during ...
Wills Rice

Diamondbacks’ bullpen collapses late in loss to NL West rival Giants

The D-backs fell to the Giants 7-5 on Wednesday at Chase Field after the bullpen conceded five runs in the last two innings of the contest.
1 day ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Pavin Smith reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Atlanta Bra...
Arizona Sports

D-backs’ Pavin Smith fractures right wrist in 2nd start during Reno-stint

D-backs first baseman/outfielder Pavin Smith landed on the 7-day injured-list with the Reno Aces after fracturing his right wrist.
1 day ago
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Joe Mantiply (35) celebrates after a baseball game against the ...
Wills Rice

D-backs’ Brent Strom thinks LHP Joe Mantiply is top candidate for All-Star Game

D-backs pitching coach Brent Strom thinks LHP Joe Mantiply is a top candidate this season to represent the team in the All-Star Game.
1 day ago
Outfielder Corbin Carroll #2 of the Amarillo Sod Poodles throws the ball during the game against th...
Arizona Sports

D-backs prospect Corbin Carroll named to All-Star Futures Game roster

Diamondbacks prospect Corbin Carroll was revealed as one of the first members of the All-Star Futures Game roster.
1 day ago
David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with Josh Rojas #10, Alek Thomas #5, and Jo...
Alex Weiner

D-backs reach halfway point optimistic but aware improvements needed

The D-backs are halfway through their season and are 15 contests better than their record through 81 games in 2021.
1 day ago
Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by David Peralta #6 after hitting t...
Alex Weiner

D-backs come through with 5-spot in 8th inning to beat Giants

D-backs C Daulton Varsho punctuated a five-run eighth inning with a mammoth three-run home run to cement a 6-2 victory against the Giants.
2 days ago
The Pulse: Fans think Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill next to go