Diamondbacks Acquire Jason Marquis, Brad Ziegler In Trade Deadline Moves

The Diamondbacks made their second trade in two days, picking up Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jason Marquis for minor league SS Zach Walters.

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Report: Paul Goldschmidt To Be Promoted To Diamondbacks For Crucial Giants Series

According to the heavily connected Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Paul Goldschmidt will be called up from Double-A Mobile to join the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Goldschmidt will likely meet up with the team tomorrow, as the D-backs take on the Giants in San Francisco in a series that is vital to Arizona's chances for the postseason in 2011.

We've been talking about a Goldschmidt promotion for months now, and it is good to see the young slugger get the call-up during a significant stretch of games for the franchise.

Only 23 years old, Goldschmidt provides youthful exuberance to an experienced team and will have to learn quickly in order to keep his job. Kevin Towers wouldn't call up Goldschmidt if he wasn't going to play every day -- expect Xavier Nady to get two starts a week and be a solid mentor for the rookie out of Texas State.


Diamondbacks Acquire Brad Ziegler From Oakland, Trade Brandon Allen

The Diamondbacks made another move on Sunday, just hours before the trade deadline: Arizona acquired Oakland A's reliever Brad Ziegler.

Ziegler has had an excellent season for the moribund Athletics, throwing 37.2 innings of work with an ERA of 2.39. He hasn't accumulated many holds or saves, as he was mainly used out of the bullpen in the sixth and seventh innings. 

When playing for a contender, Ziegler will immediately fill a more important role, competing with Sam Demel for 7th inning duties.

The price the Diamondbacks paid wasn't cheap -- they gave up first baseman Brandon Allen and minor league reliever Jordan Norberto in the exchange.

Both Allen and Norberto have had recent major league experience, with Allen currently playing first base for Arizona and Norberto having pitched 20 innings for the big league club in 2010.

With the loss of Allen, the Diamondbacks will have to look into all their options, whether that means Xavier Nady or the inevitable call-up of Paul Goldschmidt or both.

For more on the trade and the Arizona Diamondbacks, check out AZ Snake Pit.


Jason Marquis Traded To Diamondbacks For Minor League SS

According to sources close to the situation, the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded for starting pitcher Jason Marquis from the Washington Nationals.

Trade is agreed upon, source says: Jason Marquis to #Dbacks. #Natsless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

It is confirmed that Jason Marquis has been traded from the Washington Nationals to the Arizona Diamondbacks.for Zach Walters SS #TRADESless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Marquis steps into the starting rotation for the Diamondbacks, possibly replacing rookie Josh Collmenter or Micah Owings in the process.

In 2011, Marquis is 8-5 with an ERA of 3.95. With a career record of 104-97, Marquis is a big upgrade for the back of the rotation and will provide a steady hand every fifth day.

While Owings and Collmenter have performed admirably so far in 2011, one of them will have to go to the bullpen to make room for the newly acquired Marquis.

Zach Walters is a shortstop currently in A ball, and in 2011 had a .302 average, nine home runs and 12 stolen bases.

Low risk move for the Diamondbacks while upgrading a position of need. There's a lot to like here!

For more, check out AZ Snake Pit.


MLB Trade Rumors: Diamondbacks Interested In Dodgers IF Jamey Carroll

With the sand in the MLB trade deadline hourglass slowly sifting away teams in the NL West are trying to make the appropriate moves to finish out the rest of their 2011 campaign. The last place Dodgers are trying to sell off some pieces before the deadline, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in infielder Jamey Carroll according to sources.

The D'backs were hit with a big loss when Stephen Drew went down for the season with a broken ankle, and acquiring a player like Carroll could mean that Willie Bloomquist would play more second base and Ryan Roberts would get more time at the hot corner.

Carroll has been filling in admirably for the ailing Rafael Furcal out in Tinsel Town, and would certainly shore up Arizona's problems with organizing their infield. It would also eliminate the need for minor leaguer Cody Ransom who hasn't proven in his many opportunities that's he's a major league caliber player. 

The 37 year old Carroll is hitting .291 for the Dodgers this season with a .362 on base percentage, but has only 8 RBI in his 306 at bats thus far in 2011. 

For more on the D'Backs head over to AZ Snake Pit to get in on the action. 


MLB Trade Deadline Early Action: Edwin Jackson And Jason Frasor Move Impacts D-backs

The first big deal of the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline just went down and there are Arizona Diamondbacks finger prints all over this one.

According to a tweet from @MLB, former D-back no-hitter-thrower Edwin Jackson was traded along with utility guy Mark Teahen from the Chicago White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Jason Frasor and a prospect. Frasor was a middle reliever believed to be in the gun sights of GM Kevin Towers to bolster the D-backs pen.

Just to recap the theft that interim general manager Jerry Dipoto pulled off at last year's trade deadline, Edwin Jackson and his big salary were moved for Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg. Hudson is throwing very well at the top of the D-backs rotation and Holmberg looks like a legit prospect who threw a 34 scoreless innings in Single-A ball this year.

Jackson (7-7, 3.92, 1.422 WHIP) has been good for the White Sox but not so good that a team in contention in the AL Central wasn't willing to move him and his $8.75 million expiring contract for a middle reliever and a prospect. 

For the Diamondbacks the Jackson trade looks better each time Hudson pitches but if Frasor is off the market, Towers will have to look elsewhere for bullpen help.

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