So far, no movement.
On the eve of the trade deadline, the Diamondbacks have sparked little movement and likely less interest from other clubs.
For a team somewhat desperate for starting pitching, the Diamondbacks appear to be comfortable on the outside and looking from the inside.
While there have been some rumblings of general manager Dave Stewart kicking the Cincinnati Reds tires and expressing interest in closer Aroldis Chapman, the Diamondbacks have kept a low profile. No serious trade rumors surfaced, and the Diamondbacks appear content to ride this one out.
While starting pitching may be a top priority, the organization is likely not to be emerge as a major player. That’s essentially because of their “small market” stature and the fact the Diamondbacks are near the bottom in attendance.
Following their recent 10-game home stand, Arizona was 12th in attendance with 1,395,685 for 53 dates. Only the Braves (46 dates), the Phillies (49) dates and the Marlins (49) have drawn less fans. The 53 home dates ties the Giants for the most home dates thus far in the National League.
Despite the number of fans attending home games, television ratings for FOX Sports Arizona are strong.
Since the start of the season, the Diamondbacks’ telecasts on the cable FOX Sports are the highest-rated and most viewed prime time programming in the Phoenix market. Ratings for the baseball team are up 31 percent over last season’s average.
That’s according to the FOX Sports Arizona’s web site
Still, that does not translate into a free-wheeling, free spending organization.
Currently, the Diamondbacks’ payroll is estimated at $86.8 million, and owner Ken Kendrick continues to pay off on ex-players Trevor Cahill, Bronson Arroyo and Cody Ross.
If the Diamondbacks were buyers with one day remaining, they would likely be short-term buyers. Then again, major names have already been traded and several will be free agents this coming off-season.
Very expensive free agents.
When the Tigers dealt lefty David Price to Toronto, the move was considered as an immediate help in pushing the Jays into the post-season. Price becomes a free agent this off-season, and several pundits hold his asking price will start at $25 million for next season alone.
Both lefty Scott Kasmir and righty Johnny Cueto were traded within the past week and the Diamondbacks, it appears, had just a passing interest. They were slightly mentioned in the running for Cole Hamels but the Phillies, in dealing with most inquires for the lefty, asked for top talent in the minor league system.
If Stewart had discussions with Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro, it’s likely the Diamondbacks stock-pile of talent in both Triple-A Reno and Double-A Mobile would be high on the Phillies’ list.
The same could be said for pitchers Mat Latos, who ended up with the Dodgers as did Alex Wood. Both came to the city of Angels in a three-club transaction involving the Dodgers, Marlins and Braves.
Since the end of last season, it’s no secret the Diamondbacks have tried to move veteran infielder Aaron Hill. At this point, it appears no team wants to inherit the remainder of his $12 million salary this season and a guaranteed another $12 mil for next season.
Plus, the Diamondbacks would also like to move second baseman Chris Owings, who has not fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.
In spring training, the organization raved about Brandon Drury and his conversion from third base to second base. Proclaimed the second baseman of the future, Drury, as of July 30, was hitting .352 in 33 games at Reno since recalled from Mobile.
As teams scramble for last second transactions to increase playoff chances, the Diamondbacks remain quiet.
At this point, it appears Stewart and Tony La Russa, the team’s Chief Baseball Officer, will use their collective baseball acumen to try and make this team better from an internal operation.