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    Buyers or Sellers
    They’re buyers. The Diamondbacks currently hold a 2.5 game lead in the National League Western Division over the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, their 47 victories is the lowest of any division leader. They’ll want to hold off the Dodgers, the Rockies are just 4.5 games back, and ignoring the Giants (who are 6.5 games back) would probably not be wise either.

    What They Need
    Heath Bell is their closer. The 35-year-old veteran has 15 saves this year, but he also has a 4.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.50. David Hernandez was a terrific set up man last year for the D-Backs, but this year, he has a 4.58 ERA. Veteran lefty Tony Sipp has an ERA of 4.10 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44.

    It doesn’t look like the Diamondbacks will need to make a move for a starting bat, though they may be interested in more depth. The three starters with the lowest OPS are catcher Miguel Montero, 3B Martin Prado and outfielder Jason Kubel. I think each will continue to play as they are veterans who have performed well in the past.

    What Might Work
    The Diamondbacks biggest needs are in the bullpen. Could they be in the market for Glen Perkins? Most likely not as the Diamondbacks do not have many high-end prospects that they would be willing to deal. They aren’t likely to trade lefty Tyler Skaggs. Archie Bradley is certainly not available in any deal.

    Would the D-Backs see guys like Jared Burton or Brian Duensing as bullpen arms who could help them down the stretch? Also, both are under team control for at least one more year.

    Sleeper Targets

    Jake Barrett –RHP – AA – 21 years old
    Barrett will turn 22 years old this month. The relief pitcher was the team’s third round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State. He began the season in High-A and was moved up to AA at the end of June. Overall, he is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 33 relief appearances. In 32.2 innings, he has given up 23 hits, walked ten and struck out 38. His fastball is clocked at 93-96 mph, but he has touched 98.

    Kevin Munson – RHP – AA – 24 years old
    Another reliever, Munson was promoted to AAA at the end of June. He was the AA closer and limited opponents to just a .157 batting average. Overall, he is 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA. In 37.2 innings, he has given up 22 hits, walked 17 and struck out 47. He does that with a fastball that runs at 91-95 mph.

    Chris Owings – SS – AAA – 22 years old
    This shortstop is almost allergic to walking, but he is young and putting up impressive numbers, albeit in the Pacific Coast League. The former (2009) supplemental 1st round pick is hitting .354/.375/.506 (.881) with 23 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 64 RBI. He also has 15 stolen bases. He has walked just 13 times all season, but he is at least intriguing.

    Dream Target

    Tyler Skaggs – LHP – MLB –22 years old
    Yes, this is absolutely a pipe dream. However, if the Twins are going to consider trading closer Glen Perkins (and his immensely team-friendly contract), and if the Diamondbacks really want improvement at the back of the bullpen, the Twins should be asking for Skaggs. At AAA Reno, he went 6-6 with a 4.26 ERA. However, in 76 innings, he gave up just 76 hits, walked 28 and struck out 87. He has made five starts for the Diamondbacks this season and is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA. He also has 25 strikeouts in 29 innings. Skaggs throws a fastball in the low-90's, but is able to touch 94. He also is said to have a terrific 12-6 curveball and a still-improving but potentially very good changeup. At 6-4 and just 195 pounds, he still can grow and gain velocity.
    This article was originally published in blog: Trade Talk: Arizona Diamondbacks started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      If Arizona is willing to give up Skaggs, go for it.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      It should be a pipe dream but let's not forget, this is the team that sent an even higher rated pitching prospect, Trevor Bauer, along with relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw for Didi Gregorius and Tony Sipp.

      Additionally they sent Justin Upton packing for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and a couple of C level prospects.

      The moves seem to imply they want a "gritty" team to mirror their "gritty" manager Kirk Gibson. They seem willing to trade flash for hustle. It almost seems like they want to recreate the recent glory year Twins.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      I'm no fan of trading Perkins, but if they offered up Skaggs, that's a deal I would be willing to take.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I agree on Skaggs, but I doubt they offer him up as he's already in their rotation and they have to replace him with someone else. That said, Perkins aside, this team is a pretty good match. They need pen help now, and trading Duensing or Burton for a guy like Barret would be a win for both teams. Barret shoudl be able to be a back end reliever for the next wave and the timeline is perfect.

      Owings is another interesting prospect, though the big concern is the PCL piece. The PCL can make good hitters out of a lot of crappy hitters, and the rest of Owings stats (minus an excellent year in A+ ball) have not been impressive. The kid doesn't talk walks and strikes out a ton, which I suspect MLB pitchers would expose. If he has top notch defense, it might not be a bad move.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      oh, should add that Doumit would be a decent fit here as well.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      I really feel like Arizona is the one team where the Twins could "win" a potential trade.

      1) They could really use some bullpen help, particularly with Heath Bell struggling so badly.
      2) As mentioned already, their GM seems to highly value grittiness, which may cause them to potentially undervalue certain prospects that may not fit their preferred player profile.
      3) They have an elite prospect (Skaggs or Bradley) that would make a Perkins trade acceptable.
      4) They have a reasonable number of decent starters and middle-infielders in the high minors that would be great return for Duensing or Burton.
    1. chaderic20's Avatar
      chaderic20 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      oh, should add that Doumit would be a decent fit here as well.
      Perhaps package up Perkins, Doumit, and say, Correia, for Skaggs? Any chance of something like that happening?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Perkins and KC for Skaggs works for me.
    1. Rick Niedermann's Avatar
      Rick Niedermann -
      The Twins should definitely listen to Arizona if any of the above prospects are to be included. Surely there is a fit somewhere. I know it is PCL, but I sure like the SS prospect. Even you adjusted his average say 50 points to comepensate for the the PCL he would be hitting .300 in Rochester. If he plays any defense, he would be a huge upgrade over Floriman. He'd be another piece of the puzzle to get an above average offense that we have missed for awhile in Minnesota.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by chaderic20 View Post
      Perhaps package up Perkins, Doumit, and say, Correia, for Skaggs? Any chance of something like that happening?
      You forgot Duensing.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Would Arizona even take a deal of Perk Doumit and Duensing for Skaggs? I wish their system was deeper because Kevin Towers seems like a real bonehead
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Skaggs is going nowhere.

      Bauer was traded because he clashed with the organization and wouldn't change his pitching style (btw: check out his awesome BB rate this year)

      Sure if you can get Skaggs go ahead and give em Perkins, hell go ahead and toss them any prospect not named Buxton, Sano, Rosario, Stewart and Meyer as well. It's just not gonna happen. I will gladly be the first to eat crow if it does.
    1. Einstein's Avatar
      Einstein -
      The Diamondbacks are getting desperate for starting pitching. Owings is blocked in AZ. Would the D-backs go for deal centered around Kevin Correia and Chris Owings? The D-backs need to do something soon, their lead has evaporated.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Einstein View Post
      The Diamondbacks are getting desperate for starting pitching. Owings is blocked in AZ. Would the D-backs go for deal centered around Kevin Correia and Chris Owings? The D-backs need to do something soon, their lead has evaporated.
      Doubtful. I think most of us would love that, and while Owings is no Bogarts, he's a pretty decent prospect that should be able to garner more than KC...
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