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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.
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.
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.
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 ReplyJIM BOWDEN
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!
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#Dbacks, with SS Drew down, appear to have some interest in #Dodgers SS Furcal, who would get prorated $4 million for final two months
With the trade deadline less than 48 hours away and seemingly every club in contention looking for moves to make their club better, the Arizona Diamondbacks may be looking at internal options to bolster their pitching staff down the stretch run.
Top-prospect Jarrod Parker has been earning rave reviews this season. Even more important, his command has returned to what it was before he underwent surgery after the 2009 season. With the improved command and nasty stuff on the mound, Parker has been dominating the competition this season.
In five starts in the month of July, Parker has not allowed more than one run to score and has an excellent 22/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That's getting the job done and General Manager Kevin Towers has taken notice:
From this report in the Arizona Republic:
"Between him and (Tyler) Skaggs and (Pat) Corbin, (Wade) Miley, we've got some nice options down there internally," Towers said. "That's probably why I'm less likely to go out and do something big for a starter."
Towers has said multiple times he will make a move if it helps the club in both 2011 and beyond, but do not be surprised if some of the talented arms in the DBack's farm system make their way up in September.
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.
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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.
As predictable as sweat in the summer, the end of July is time to start speculating about the MLB Trade Deadline. The rumors are flying hard and fast with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants linked to Wandy Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran as NL West buyers. The Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres are likely selling with names as big as Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda potentially available.
The D-backs have acknowledged the need to add pitching with middle-inning bullpen help and a fifth starter on the shopping list. Rumors have linked the Snakes to Houston Astros starting lefty Wandy Rodriquez. Wandy's had an ERA under 4.0 for the last four years but would come with a hefty price tag beyond just the $23 million he's owed over the next two season with a $13 million club option ($2.5m buy out in 2014).
The D-backs were also mentioned as a potential home for Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor (ERA 2.98) and were even linked to veteran Jason Isringhausen. Fortunately, this year is said to be a buyer's market for relief pitchers with the many said to be available. The D-backs have repeatedly said they don't want to mortgage the future (trade good prospects or overspend) this year so it will help if there are a large number of available relievers.
The Giants are looking for a bat that can help drive in runs from either the catcher or short stop positions but also seem to discussing Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Hopefully, that deal won't get done or you can pretty much end any chance Arizona has of catching the Giants.
Ubaldo Jimenez started the season slow but is coming around now and is attracting plenty of interest as evidenced by the large number of team scouts at Chase Field on Sunday to see him work. The Rockies confirmed that he was on the market according to the Denver Post but John Heyman of Sports Illustrated sees it differently.
Twitter / @SI_JonHeyman: teams convinced ubaldo onl ...
teams convinced ubaldo only an upton-like trial balloon. kuroda best SP truly on market. but has no-trade, may invoke it
As always, most of these rumors don't pan out but it would be surprising if the Dbacks didn't at least make some kind of small move to bolster the bullpen. Stay tuned.
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