Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wheelin' and dealin' in the desert
By Ian Begley
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero had a question for the guy a few lockers away in the visitor's clubhouse at Citi Field on Saturday.
"Hey, what's your first name?" he said to the recently acquired Daniel Hudson. "Are you pitching tomorrow?"
A minute later, Joe Saunders, who himself was traded from the Angels to the D-Backs last Sunday, strolled into the near-empty clubhouse wonering aloud, "Where is everybody? Did the whole team get traded?"
He was only half-kidding.
The Diamondbacks made sigificant changes to their roster in the last six days, trading startingf pitchers Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson, reliever Chad Qualls and catcher Chris Snyder in four separate deals.
"It's just part of our job," Montero said. "We're here and we don't know where we're going to be the next day. We kind of understand it.
"I think we got a lot of good young players (in the deals)."
Kelly Johnson, whose name had surfaced in trade rumors, wasn't dealt before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline, but received some good-natured ribbing from teammate Justin Upton.
"All we have to figure out is what kind of dryer we want for you," Upton joked. "LG or Whirlpool."