Trading Deadline Looms Large for Diamondbacks

Given the multitude of injuries the Diamondbacks have endured this season, you have to give the team credit for working through their adversity. Matt Williams continues his rehabilitation on his right quadriceps muscle while Durazo is back on the disabled list with soreness of his surgically repaired wrist. Todd Stottlemyre’s elbow is in much worse shape than first noted leaving a large hole in the starting rotation. Given these injuries and the tight race in the National League West, the Diamondbacks look to pull off a deal before the July 31 trading deadline. There have been two interesting deals talked about in the press lately.

It is rumored that now that the New York Yankees have pulled out of the Sammy Sosa race with their acquisition of David Justice from Cleveland, that the Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks are talking about bringing Slammin’ Sammy to the desert. The proposed deal has the Diamondbacks giving up Matt Mantei and Travis Lee along with two minor league prospects for Sosa. Given the struggles of the Diamondbacks pitching staff lately, this trade makes no sense. The only reason for making this deal is to bring fans into the ballpark. Sosa does not help the ball club $15-18 million worth which is what it is going to take to keep Sammy in a Diamondbacks uniform. Arizona would be better off keeping that money available and entering the A-Rod sweepstakes this winter.

The other more intriguing scenario has the Diamondbacks trading Omar Daal and one of their young first baseman (Travis Lee, Erubiel Durazo, or Alex Cabrera) to the Philadelphia Phillies for Curt Schilling. This trade would solve several problems facing the Diamondbacks. First, it would give them a front line starter that could help with the stretch run for the pennant. Second, it would partially eliminate a log jam they have at first base. The Diamondbacks currently have 4 first basemen on the roster and they need to reduce that number. It is unclear whether this deal will go through. The Phillies are trying to trade Andy Ashby and if so, they would be hesitant to trade away 40 percent of their starting pitching rotation. This coupled with the fact that Schilling has been a mainstay in Philadelphia leads one to believe it will take more than a couple of players to pry Schilling away.

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