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The early returns are in on the non-waiver trade deadline winners and losers and while their moves didn’t attract a lot of attention nationally in terms of big-named players, they certainly were winners.
Look, the D-backs could have made a big splash, could have gone out and gotten a bigger name for the rotation or the bullpen, but they simply were not going to trade their top tier prospects.
So at the end of the day, the team gave up very little — maybe infielder Zach Walters ends up being a contributor at the big league level — and made themselves better in two spots.
Jason Marquis will help shore up the backend of the rotation while Brad Ziegler gives them another option in the seventh inning, something the bullpen desperately needed.
Is it enough to catch the Giants? Time will tell, but they are certainly better Monday than they were on Sunday.
NEW YORK — The D-backs are on the verge of completing a deal that would send reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later, according to a baseball source.
The D-backs will not have to include any cash in the deal with the Rays picking up the roughly $1.6 million Qualls is owed for the rest of the season.
Arizona has actively shopped Qualls, who began the year as the team’s closer, but has struggled to find any consistency and is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA in 42 games. The right-hander, who makes $4.185 million this year will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The D-backs acquired Qualls along with Juan Gutierrez and Chris Burke from the Astros in December of 2007 in a deal that sent Jose Valverde to Houston.
NEW YORK — The D-backs are closing in on a deal with the White Sox that would send Edwin Jackson to Chicago with Daniel Hudson being the centerpiece of what Arizona would receive in return, a baseball source confirmed Friday.
Jackson, who was acquired by the D-backs last winter in a three-team deal that included the Yankees and Tigers, is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts this year. He threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 25.
Hudson, 23, is a highly-regarded pitching prospect, who was called up by the White Sox to take injured hurler Jake Peavy’s place in the rotation. The right-hander was selected by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Hudson rose quickly through the Minors. He started at Class A in 2009 before shooting all the way up to the Major Leagues by season’s end.
In nine big league games, including five starts, Hudson is 2-2 with a 4.72 ERA. He is scheduled to start Friday night for the Sox.
If the trade is completed, the D-backs would likely turn their attention to moving closer Chad Qualls and catcher Chris Snyder.
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Friday with the D-backs, as expected, remaining on the sidelines.
“It didn’t entirely surprise me,” GM Josh Byrnes said. “There are other times to make a trade and more things could happen for us in August for us and other teams. There just was nothing really in the last several days that were appealing to us so we got to the deadline and it was pretty quiet.”
Names like Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Chad Qualls got bandied about quite a bit, but it doesn’t sound like any of the three was close to getting dealt.
From what I’ve heard there was not a lot of interest in Davis and Garland. Qualls drew a lot of inquiries, but the D-backs did not want to part with him because he they will have him next year at a very reasonable salary.
And just because the non-waiver deadline has passed it does not mean there is not the possibility of a deal being made in August. Players must be placed on waivers and could be claimed by teams wanting to block a trade, but then those teams run the risk of being stuck with a contract they don’t really want, or can’t really afford.
“I think pretty active,” Byrnes said when asked what August would be like. “Again, I think there are a few issues. Teams will be more motivated to complete their roster because they are still in the race and other teams might fall out of it a little bit. And with the economy I don’t think there will be a lot of claiming going on. I think it probably sets up to have a few trades around baseball happen in August.”
D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was happy the deadline had come and gone without a deal.
“I’m glad it’s over for the sense that so much was talked about with Qualls, Garland and Davis and what we were going to do,” Hinch said. “Now we can move forward knowing in the back of our minds that deals can be made until the end of August as well.”
With Friday’s trade deadline approaching I thought this would be a good time to answer some of the more frequent questions that have been showing up in my inbox.
Will the D-backs get a deal done before the deadline?
The situation can always change, but as of right now it does not look like the D-backs will make a deal before the deadline. Keep in mind, the club has already made two deals over the past couple of weeks sending Tony Pena to the White Sox and Felipe Lopez to the Brewers in exchange for three prospects that they feel good about.
The D-backs have received inquiries about pitchers Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Chad Qualls and they’ve let teams know what they would expect in return. As of yet, no team has met that asking price.
Don’t they have to deal Davis and Garland since they are out of the race?
The D-backs are not in a fire sale mode. They do not need to move salary and they don’t feel they are entering into a massive rebuilding period. They feel they can retool this offseason enough to where they can compete for a playoff spot next year, so they are not just going to dump Davis and Garland. If both finish the season with the team they will need to decide whether to exercise the option on Garland’s contract or give him a buyout. Garland also holds an option and should he choose to exercise and the team decline theirs they would owe him a bigger buyout. It’s possible they could offer Davis salary arbitration this winter and if he declines it they could receive draft compensation, assuming he is a Type B free agent.
What about Qualls?
There has been plenty of interest from other teams with regards to Qualls, but the D-backs are not inclined to move him for several reasons. They control his rights next year and even though he is eligible for salary arbitration he would likely only command a salary of $4 million or so, which is not that expensive for a closer.
Should Qualls continue to pitch well next year he could wind up being a Type A free agent following the 2010 season, which means the D-backs would get a pair of high draft picks for him should he leave via free agency.
And again, the D-backs feel they can be competitive next year and finding a closer to take the place of Qualls would be a real challenge.
So while it’s not out of the question that they could deal him, it’s not likely and they would insist on a large return.
If these three are still with the D-backs after the deadline passes, then they can’t be traded?
No. They can still be traded. The only catch is they would need to clear waivers. The D-backs have done their share of post-deadline deals in the past and it’s possible that Davis or Garland might be able to get through waivers and be dealt in August should a contender decide they need one of the two.
What about a contract extension for Davis, and what are the chances they pick up Garland’s option for next year?
The D-backs do have some interest in giving Davis an extension and Davis does want to stay in Arizona. The question is whether the two sides can agree on the financial aspect of the deal. So far I don’t know that things have progressed much on that front.
Garland’s $10 million option might be pricey given the way the market played out last offseason and the D-backs may be content to let things play out this offseason and see which pitcher falls to them much like they did last year when they signed Garland. Ironically, some of the same pitchers that were on the market last year, like Randy Wolf, will be out there again this year because they only signed one-year deals.
So, to answer the question, they are interested in signing Davis, but only for a price they think is fair, and they will wait to see on the option for Garland.