Trade deadline preview: NL West

July, 1, 2014
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Over the next six days we'll go by division-by-division and look at what each team needs to do at the trade deadline ... and what may actually happen. As always, you can keep up with the latest trade talk at Rumor Central.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Status: Selling veterans to retool for 2015.

Trade targets for other teams: Brandon McCarthy (free agent this winter); Brad Ziegler ($5 million in 2015, team option for 2016); Oliver Perez ($2.5 million in 2015); Didi Gregorius (under team control through at least 2018); Aaron Hill ($12 million each for 2015 and 2016); Martin Prado ($11 million each for 2015 and 2016).

Possible suitors: Several teams including the Yankees and Athletics could be interested in McCarthy. Despite his 5.11 ERA, he's had outstanding peripherals (2.92 xFIP), which suggests better days ahead. Just about every contender would love to add Ziegler, whose ground ball ways make him an ideal late-inning fireman in double play situations. And many teams will also have an eye on the steady and reasonably priced Perez.

While GM Kevin Towers is reportedly loathe to trade away young shortstops Gregorius, Chris Owings or Nick Ahmed, any one of the three could be moved in the right deal (to the Mets, for catcher Kevin Plawecki?). Arizona would eat money to move Hill's contract to free up second base for one of its shortstops (back to Toronto, for pitcher John Stilson?), and teams like the Royals and Angels getting questionable production from third base might consider Prado, who doubles as injury protection at second.

What they need: Young pitching with upside is Arizona's main priority, but the team also seeks young outfielders with pop. And after moving 2012 first rounder Stryker Trahan off catcher in the spring, the D-backs' dearth of minor league catching could also cause them to target an A-ball heir apparent for Miguel Montero.

Likely scenario: McCarthy, Ziegler and Perez all get moved. Odds are against a trade of Hill, Prado or one of the D-backs' shortstops.
--Ryan P. Morrison, Inside the 'Zona


Colorado Rockies

Status: Too injured to know where they stand or move much.

Trade targets for other teams: C Wilin Rosario (eligible for arbitration for first time this winter), SS Troy Tulowitzki (signed through 2019 at $20 million per year), OF Drew Stubbs (final arbitration in 2015), SP Jorge De La Rosa (free agent this winter), RP LaTroy Hawkins (2015 team options).

Possible suitors: The Rockies would have more suitors if half of their team wasn't on the disabled list.

Rosario's bat hasn't outweighed concerns about his glove. He might attract interest from a team that needs a DH who can catch such as the Orioles. De La Rosa hasn't been all that shiny in over a month. That being said, he's better than what the Yankees have used lately in their rotation. Hawkins is a luxury the Rockies don't really need but he could help the Angels or the Tigers.

Most contenders can't afford the prospects to acquire Tulowitzki, but the Dodgers or Blue Jays could get creative if they moved their current shortstops. Don't discount the A's from making a move reminiscent of their Matt Holliday rental. Drew Stubbs is likely to be flipped because of his salary and Corey Dickerson asserting his authority. Stubbs could go to the Giants, who may be need a center fielder with Angel Pagan injured.

What they need: A young defense-first catcher and either corner infield or pitching prospects.

Likely scenario: Stubbs and De La Rosa are victims of a roster crunch and Rosario changes roles as well as scenery. Expect more drama from waiver-wire deals then from the deadline deals. The worse their July is, the crazier the post-deadline deals will be. The Rockies gamble Tulowitzki stays healthy and try again in 2015.
--Richard Bergstrom, RockiesZingers


Los Angeles Dodgers

Status: All in.

Biggest needs: Using wins above average, the Dodgers' worst position has been catcher, but that's partially due to all the time A.J. Ellis has missed. They could use an infielder, maybe a shortstop to hedge against Hanley Ramirez's minor injuries, or to move Ramirez to third to get a better defender up the middle. The bullpen has been better of late, with the second-best ERA in the majors in June, so that concern has lessened. And they're one of the few teams that has the high-end prospects to acquire David Price.

Possible trade targets: LHP David Price; SS Stephen Drew if the Red Sox continue to struggle; maybe a bullpen arm.

That prospect everyone will want but the Dodgers won’t want to trade: OF Joc Pederson is hitting .319/.437/.568 at Triple-A with 17 home runs, although he slowed down in June (.270, two home runs) after hitting .398 in April and slugging nine home runs in May. Still, he may eventually be playing center field for the Dodgers come August.

Likely scenario: As enticing as adding Price to Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke sounds, the Dodgers will resist the temptation and keep Pederson and Class A shortstop Corey Seager. Of course, cancel all bets if Josh Beckett or Hyun-Jin Ryu get injured. Most likely, the Dodgers add a reliever -- maybe a second lefty to go with J.P. Howell -- and eventually make center field a Pederson/Scott Van Slyke platoon, with Andre Ethier coming off the bench and Carl Crawford languishing somewhere if he ever gets healthy.
--David Schoenfield


San Diego Padres

Status: Selling anyone and anything.

Trade targets for other teams:
OF Seth Smith (free agent this winter); 3B Chase Headley (free agent); RP Huston Street ($7 million team option for 2015); RP Joaquin Benoit ($8 million in 2015, team option for 2016); OF Chris Denorfia (free agent); SP Ian Kennedy (under team control through 2015).

Possible suitors: Unfortunately, Headley's value has cratered the past two seasons and his current .201 average isn't going to bring much back in return. A team like the Yankees could be interested now that Yangarvis Solarte's magic has worn off, or maybe the Blue Jays (with Brett Lawrie moving to second on a regular basis).

The two relievers are the ones who will get the most attention (Benoit back to Detroit? San Francisco with Sergio Romo's recent struggles? Street to Baltimore?) and Kennedy could make a nice back-end starter for a team like Seattle, Oakland or Atlanta that plays in a homer-friendly park.

What they need: Well, considering they currently have the lowest team batting (.210) of the lively ball era (since 1920) and hit .171 in June (a record low for a month), they'll be looking for hitting prospects. At this point, parting ways with Headley is probably a foregone conclusion. Kennedy has a 4.01 ERA but does have a fine 111/27 SO/BB ratio so he should be able to help somebody's rotation. But he's also been a valuable workhose so the Padres may want to keep him around for 2015.

Likely scenario: Headley, Smith, Denorfia and at least one of the relievers gets traded. Less likely that that Kennedy gets dealt.
--David Schoenfield


San Francisco Giants

Status: All in.

Biggest needs: Giants' second basemen this season have combined for the second-worst average in the majors, hovering below the Mendoza line at .171. Brandon Hicks started off strong, but the recent free-fall could result in a larger role for prospect Joe Panik. Second base has been the clear and most concerning gap, followed by a lack of depth on the bench. The bullpen has been solid most of the season, but closer Sergio Romo was removed from his role on Sunday after blowing three of his last five save opportunities. While there has been talk of the Giants' interest in David Price or Jeff Samardzija, Giants general manager Brian Sabean is probably inclined to keep his rotation intact.

Possible trade targets: 2B/OF Ben Zobrist; 2B Daniel Murphy; 2B Chase Utley; UT Eduardo Nunez; OF Eric Young Jr.

That prospect everyone will want but the Giants won't want to trade: RHP Kyle Crick. But honestly, I'm not sure there is a prospect everyone will want that the Giants won't want to trade. San Francisco's farm system has been in the dumps since the graduations of Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Belt. Crick is regarded as the best prospect in the system, but a 6.4 BB/9 in the minors highlights his command issues. He may not even make it to the majors as a starting pitcher, but rather as a reliever. The farm system is currently in limbo, to say the least.

Likely scenario: I don't envision Sabean sitting back in his chair too much longer as the losses have piled up for his team after they got off to the best 60-game start in the league. The versatility of Zobrist doubled with the Rays' desires to cash in on their expendable assets would ultimately fill the Giants black hole at second base. Don't be surprised to see a backup outfielder or infielder (or both) get picked up somewhere along the line. Sabean's always had a good eye in the bargain bin.
--Connor Grossman, West Coast Bias

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