Who’s Steering This Ship?

On August 19, 2014 By

It’s no secret, Tony La Russa came into a unique situation when he joined the Diamondbacks in May. Brought in to oversee several elements of the organization, including the alignment of the minor leagues, approving major league deals and presumably evaluating the job done by General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson. That’s a pretty tall order considering …

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It’s not unusual for a team to pass many of its eligible players through revocable waivers in August, and for the Cubs, who may face a pretty serious 40-man roster crunch in the offseason, 26-year-old outfielder Brett Jackson was among the players waived. With the second-highest priority (2nd-worst record in the Cubs’ league), the D-backs claimed Jackson, then completing a …

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Don’t Share Trade Secrets

On August 18, 2014 By

Another trade deadline has passed. As you probably already know, the D-backs shipped off a few players, including Gerardo Parra, Martin Prado, and Brandon McCarthy. Throughout the Kevin Towers era, there have been mixed results on the trade front. There have been good trades: Towers acquired Aaron Hill and Brad Ziegler in two separate, successful deals. But …

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In addition to clearing payroll for this season, the D-backs’ deadline moves that saw Martin Prado go to the Yankees and Gerardo Parra to the Brewers erased somewhere around $18M in likely salary for 2015. Clearing that kind of payroll made the underwhelming return on those trades reasonable — but is the team necessarily done?

Theoretically, at least, the D-backs …

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The struggles of 2012 first-rounder Stryker Trahan have been well-documented. The bat has never stepped up as Arizona had hoped, and in an effort to relieve some pressure on the 20-year old, the organization moved him to the outfield prior to the start of the 2014 season. He’s always been rough around the edges defensively but the power is more …

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While top prospects have always been exciting, baseball, and baseball fandom in particular, has seen the interest in prospects pick up significantly over the last few years. These days, many fans can rattle off their organization’s top three or four prospects with ease. Diamondbacks fans are no different as everyone’s been asking about Archie Bradley for quite some time and …

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None of this “0.1% chance of the playoffs” nonsense for the Diamondbacks anymore (per FanGraphs/coolstandings); at this point, even if the D-backs accomplished the impossible and ran off a 20-game winning streak, they’d probably still be in third in the division. The D-backs are in fact-finding mode, as they should be, and that’s changed the complexion of the 25-man …

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Things didn’t go so well at the outset of the season, and with playoff chances somehow disappearing in the middle of April before their eyes, the D-backs quickly replaced the struggling Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado in the rotation. On came the parade of replacements, with the club clearly hoping that something would stick. When Mike Bolsinger had seemingly proven …

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