Without much room to maneuver due to a tight budget, General Manager Mike Hazen said Monday the Diamondbacks might have to be “creative” to fill their roster needs for 2018. He also suggested the team has more in mind than just winning next year. “We may have to consider some things that you wouldn’t necessarily consider if you were putting all your eggs into 2018,” he said. What could that mean, exactly? Perhaps any number of things, but it seems to suggest a deal that could, on its surface, hurt the Diamondbacks’ chances next year. In addition to not having a lot of wiggle room in a payroll that currently projects around $115 million, the Diamondbacks don’t have a lot of impact talent in the upper levels of their farm system. Hazen has also talked about creating a “bridge” from the club’s current stock of big leaguers to its higher-end talent base in the low minors. If they’re going to trade from their current group, here’s a quick look at some of the possibilities and how likely a deal involving each just might be. Somewhat likely candidates for a Diamondbacks trade CF A.J. Pollock and LHP Patrick Corbin Both players are getting expensive, with projected arbitration salaries north of $8 million, and both are one year away from free agency. Neither would necessarily be easy to replace. The Diamondbacks don’t have any center fielders clearly ready to step in for Pollock. They do have left-hander Anthony Banda waiting for a chance in the rotation, but starting pitching depth is always a need, and the Diamondbacks aren’t exactly loaded in that department. 2B/3B Brandon Drury Drury lost playing time as this past season progressed, seemingly falling out of favor for manager Torey Lovullo. With Jake Lamb, Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed, Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso, the Diamondbacks have a good amount of infield depth. Drury is young, cost-controlled and has shown flashes of being able to be a run-producing bat at the big league level. They could market him as a third baseman, his most natural position. This would be trading from an area of depth, and a strong return would seem warranted. Less likely D-Backs trade candidates RHP Taijuan Walker As a former Super 2, Walker is projected to make around $5 million next year in the second of four arbitration-eligible seasons.
Looking at possible D-Backs trade candidates this offseason
Arizona Central | Dec 12