The July 31 MLB Trade Deadline is just over a month away and the cellar-dwelling D-backs are widely considered to be heavy players in the market. As sellers.
The rumors begin with a couple of teams scouting ace RHP Dan Haren:
Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest " Blog Archive " Yanks Scouting Haren?
Ken Rosenthal believes Arizona won’t be able to keep both Edwin Jackson and Dan Haren in a deal since combined they make $20 million and there are reports the team is in cost cutting mode.
One surprise from Rosenthal is his sources stating that Haren isn’t "at the top of anyone’s list" and is "just another name." If that is the case, knowing how hard lined teams are with prospects, will Arizona have to give away Haren? If so, this is a clear opportunity for either local team to swoop in and buy low on someone that has top of the rotation stuff.
Haren rumors - The Boston Globe
Dan Haren, RHP, Diamondbacks — Scouts from the Yankees, Twins, Nationals, Cardinals, and Tigers all came out to watch his last start, a 9-3 loss to the Yankees in which he went seven innings and allowed six hits and three runs.
It will be interesting to see whether the Diamondbacks wind up dealing their best starter and whether anyone will break the bank to get him.
Things are just getting started, plenty more rumors to come.