As the days and games fall off the calendar, the decision for Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen seems to grow ever more difficult. His team cannot sustain a winning streak – or a losing streak, for that matter. It cannot separate itself from the herd of wild-card contenders.

And so Hazen must continue to wait for clarity that might never come, doing so with the prospect – perhaps even the likelihood – of a potentially regrettable decision looming at the end of the month.

“We’re going to have to make a complicated decision,” Hazen said. “It just doesn’t appear that it’s going to be an easily defined decision.”

The decision is whether to buy or to sell when the July 31 trade deadline arrives. Hazen’s team has sent all manner of mixed messages beyond just its 46-45 record at the All-Star break.