Going into the final weekend leading up to the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline the question everyone was asking was how active would the Arizona Diamondbacks be in the trade market. With just four games separating them from the first-place San Francisco Giants, you had to believe that Kevin Towers and his staff would feel obligated to try and make a push for the playoffs by bringing in a few pieces to help this team.
On the one hand, this is the first time since 2008 that Arizona has been anywhere near contention. The players and the fans would expect the team to try and add the players necessary to hopefully catch the Giants or the Atlanta Braves who are currently in line to be the Wild Card team.
Not to take anything away from the great year the Diamondbacks have had so far but truth is this team is likely more than just one or two players away from making a strong run into the post season. This is especially true after the season ending injury to starting shortstop Stephen Drew.
Before the Drew injury Arizona likely needed one starting pitcher, a couple of relievers, and a first baseman. Add to that now a starting shortstop and that is a lot to ask from a General Manager even if he is Kevin Towers.
The other teams in Major League Baseball would be more than happy to help the Diamondbacks in their quest for players; all it would take would be every prospect in the minor league system. Arizona is still rebuilding the tattered farm system after the mismanagement by former GM Josh Byrnes. It was therefore refreshing to hear Towers proclaim that they were not interested in making a deal that would jeopardize future success.
Towers and others in the Diamondbacks front office maintain a united message that the team will only make deals if it can help them not just in 2011 but in years beyond as well. This is a relief to fans who have lived through two fire sales in the past couple of years.
When the trade deadline passes at 1 PM Sunday July 31st look for the Diamondbacks to have been in many conversations but fans should not expect wholesale changes to the roster. This group of players have been good enough to keep the Diamondbacks in second place; they should be given an opportunity to see if they can take the next step and take first from the World Champions.