ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Report: Diamondbacks ‘open to discussing’ trading an outfielder

Jul 31, 2023, 3:55 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen speaks to reporters the day before spring training ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen speaks to reporters the day before spring training starts at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 16, 2022. (Arizona Sports Photo/Jake Anderson)

(Arizona Sports Photo/Jake Anderson)

Ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the Arizona Diamondbacks “have been open to discussing their outfield surplus in trade talks,” according to FanSided’s Robert Murray.

Arizona, positioned to be amongst the most competitive buyers on the trade market coming into the month, is 7-16 in July and now a game back of the last NL Wild Card spot. The D-backs are reportedly finalizing a trade for reliever Paul Sewald.

The D-backs made a trade last offseason to address that surplus, sending out young outfielder Daulton Varsho to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Gabriel Moreno and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

That move opened up more playing time for the likes of rookie sensation Corbin Carroll, who made his MLB debut late last season. In addition, Jake McCarthy and Alek Thomas were vying for more reps.

In the system, 2022 second overall pick Druw Jones projects as an everyday player a few years out while the likes of Jorge Barrosa and Wilderd Patino are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, by MLB Pipeline among D-backs prospects. Barrosa is in Triple-A while Patino is in Single-A Plus. Dominic Fletcher, 14th on MLB Pipeline, has already appeared for the D-backs this season and played well, hitting .301 in 28 games.

There is also the question of if Gurriel is in Arizona’s long-term plans beyond this season and how that affects the roster outlook. Moreno is considered the prize of the trade but Gurriel made the All-Star team before entering a major slump from June on. The 29-year-old is a free agent at the end of the year and emerged as one of Arizona’s most important players prior to his significant regression. Gurriel’s OPS in May was 1.130 before marks of .625 in June and .473 for July.

The D-backs have a handful of needs to address, specifically on the pitching staff. A reliable No. 3 starter to go with ace Zac Gallen and the more-than-solid Merrill Kelly would solve Arizona’s over-reliance on young pitching in the rest of the rotation. The bullpen has been in disarray for July and lacks not only a lockdown closer for the ninth inning but other trustworthy names for the innings prior to that.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in ...

Associated Press

Homers by Carroll, Thomas lead D-backs to victory over Cubs

Corbin Carroll hit a two-run homer and Alek Thomas had a solo shot in Arizona’s three-run fifth inning to help the D-backs beat the Cubs for their sixth win in seven games.

7 hours ago

Justin Martinez...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Jose Herrera showing leadership qualities with younger pitchers

Arizona Diamondbacks backup catcher Jose Herrera has grown over the years into "an extra coach in the dugout."

17 hours ago

Tanner Scott...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks trade deadline: 10 left-handed relievers to keep an eye on

The Diamondbacks are in need of left-handed relief help, and there is a group of southpaws on teams well out of contention.

1 day ago

Ryne Nelson...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Ryne Nelson sets career high with 9 Ks in win vs. Cubs

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ryne Nelson set a career high with nine strikeouts Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo during D-backs vs. Dodgers on July 3, 2024. (Felisa Card...

Damon Allred

Torey Lovullo: Diamondbacks ‘within striking distance’ entering 2nd half

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has his rotation in order after the All-Star break going into a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago.

2 days ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Which Arizona sports legend was left off the top 100 athletes since 2000? #cardinals #nfl

ESPN released the final tier of its top 100 athletes since 2000 and Burns & Gambo can't help but notice one Arizona Cardinals legend was missing from the list entirely.

2 days ago

Report: Diamondbacks ‘open to discussing’ trading an outfielder