D’Backs Meeting To Consider Major Moves

The D’Backs will consider trading anyone but Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy, as they evaluate the best way to turn the team around, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Heyman hears that owner Ken Kendrick, president Derrick Hall and GM Josh Byrnes are in the midst of meetings to determine the best course of action for the 24-37 team. Last week, Hall told the Arizona Republic that he was open to changes given the club’s disappointing start.

Upton and Kennedy will not be dealt, and Mark Reynolds is likely to stay, but the D’Backs would consider moving others. They would listen on Dan Haren, though the club might prefer to keep him if they believe they can contend in the near future. Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson are possible trade candidates for GM Josh Byrnes, who admits he has to consider trades.

Byrnes has been fighting hard to keep manager A.J. Hinch around, according to Heyman. Hinch, who had never managed before taking over the club last year, does not make a seven-figure salary, so the D’Backs could fire him without having to absorb too much money. And the man who hired Hinch? Heyman reports that no one realistically expects Byrnes to be in the line of fire.


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  1. xSenorChucklesx 5 years ago

    What is this the 5th rumor that has the D’Backs undecided with what they’re going to do come mid-July?

  2. kevmill21 5 years ago

    ian kennedy is now untouchable? i haven’t seen him start this year, but I find that hard to believe.

    they should have held onto scherzer

    • GriffeyandSizemore 5 years ago

      Why were people down on Kennedy so fast he was a number one draft pick he always had the potential he just got hurt and when he was in the bigs for the Yankee’s the pressure got to him he dominated in the minors mostly not long ago he was a big part of that 3 way trade and they got a good pitcher.

    • GriffeyandSizemore 5 years ago

      Why were people down on Kennedy so fast he was a number one draft pick he always had the potential he just got hurt and when he was in the bigs for the Yankee’s the pressure got to him he dominated in the minors mostly not long ago he was a big part of that 3 way trade and they got a good pitcher.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      He’s untouchable because he’s been good and more importantly, he’s dirt cheap.

      • kevmill21 5 years ago

        ala max scherzer. just a few months ago they were dumping cheap good young arms for more experienced vets

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      He’s untouchable because he’s been good and more importantly, he’s dirt cheap.

  3. Peet29 5 years ago

    I think the Braves should trade Jordan Schafer and Chris Resop to the D Backs for Chris Young. Then they can just release Nate Mclouth. That would give us 4 mid 20s hr guys in the middle of our lineup. Young is only 26 and is making like 3.5 million this year, I don’t know about the rest of his contract but that’s not much money.

    • So you are offering Chris Resop (27 year old Contract Optout-June 15th) and a free swinger in Jordan Schafer for Chris Young. Just wondering, do you sell Used Cars for a living?

    • So you are offering Chris Resop (27 year old Contract Optout-June 15th) and a free swinger in Jordan Schafer for Chris Young. Just wondering, do you sell Used Cars for a living?

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      “10:$3.25M, 11:$5M, 12:$7M, 13:$8.5M, 14:$11M club option ($1.5M buyout)”

      22m for a below average player. Please dont tell me you’re fooled by 244 ABs, his average right now is 3 points below his career OBP.

      • jdub220 5 years ago

        Have you ever thought that maybe he’s actually progressed? He’s changed his hitting mechanics and is getting on top of the ball now, evidenced by his IFFB% lowering. He’s improved his pitch recognition. It’s not that he’s getting lucky this year, as his BABIP is .308. His numbers are more in line with his minor league numbers.

        As I type this, he’s ripping a ball into center field for a single.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      “10:$3.25M, 11:$5M, 12:$7M, 13:$8.5M, 14:$11M club option ($1.5M buyout)”

      22m for a below average player. Please dont tell me you’re fooled by 244 ABs, his average right now is 3 points below his career OBP.

  4. Peet29 5 years ago

    I think the Braves should trade Jordan Schafer and Chris Resop to the D Backs for Chris Young. Then they can just release Nate Mclouth. That would give us 4 mid 20s hr guys in the middle of our lineup. Young is only 26 and is making like 3.5 million this year, I don’t know about the rest of his contract but that’s not much money.

  5. HighHeat 5 years ago

    If Arizona is listening the Tigers should be asking about Stephen Drew… he has more experience than Worth and he’ll hit better then Everett ever did.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      More than Everett? That’s a pretty high bar there…

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      More than Everett? That’s a pretty high bar there…

  6. HighHeat 5 years ago

    If Arizona is listening the Tigers should be asking about Stephen Drew… he has more experience than Worth and he’ll hit better then Everett ever did.

  7. All I have to say is thank God. If your name isn’t Reynolds, Upton, Dan, or Miguel – please get away from this team. Snyder – I love you if you the Diamondbacks were a team who had 7 other HITTERS in their lineup (like the Cardinals when Molina wasn’t hitting – they were still winning), as defense at #2 is huge, but not big enough to have a .218 BA. Please just get this over with. Do the fire-sale and the firings (Hinch, Byrnes, and the ENTIRE coaching staff with the exception of Gibson, Williams, and Porter), so we can move forward. I can’t wait until 2025 when we stand a chance again! Thanks Josh Byrnes for the dismantling of what could’ve been an excellent franchise.

  8. All I have to say is thank God. If your name isn’t Reynolds, Upton, Dan, or Miguel – please get away from this team. Snyder – I love you if you the Diamondbacks were a team who had 7 other HITTERS in their lineup (like the Cardinals when Molina wasn’t hitting – they were still winning), as defense at #2 is huge, but not big enough to have a .218 BA. Please just get this over with. Do the fire-sale and the firings (Hinch, Byrnes, and the ENTIRE coaching staff with the exception of Gibson, Williams, and Porter), so we can move forward. I can’t wait until 2025 when we stand a chance again! Thanks Josh Byrnes for the dismantling of what could’ve been an excellent franchise.

  9. Who wants to jump on the Rays bandwagon with me? They are (were) a small market team who turned it around after years of drafting good players and working through to find the winning combinations. But seriously I’m not a wagon jumper, I’m a Dbax fan for life – even if our broadcasters, coaches, and management suck!

  10. Who wants to jump on the Rays bandwagon with me? They are (were) a small market team who turned it around after years of drafting good players and working through to find the winning combinations. But seriously I’m not a wagon jumper, I’m a Dbax fan for life – even if our broadcasters, coaches, and management suck!

  11. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    The Diamondbacks have a really solid core of young players. I’m a Dodger fan, but its really a shame to see the Diamondbacks struggle so much. Entering 2009 we thought it’d be a race between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, and they’ve struggled ever since.

    They were hit with some serious bad luck with Webb’s injury, and now Haren’s drop in performance… and the bullpen is atrocious… but I still don’t understand why they’re doing this badly.

    I do think it speaks somewhat to the strength of the NL West. The Dbacks are only 3 games under .500 against the Central/East… they’re 11 games under .500 against the division.

  12. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    The Diamondbacks have a really solid core of young players. I’m a Dodger fan, but its really a shame to see the Diamondbacks struggle so much. Entering 2009 we thought it’d be a race between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, and they’ve struggled ever since.

    They were hit with some serious bad luck with Webb’s injury, and now Haren’s drop in performance… and the bullpen is atrocious… but I still don’t understand why they’re doing this badly.

    I do think it speaks somewhat to the strength of the NL West. The Dbacks are only 3 games under .500 against the Central/East… they’re 11 games under .500 against the division.

  13. alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

    Mark Reynolds for Brandon Inge and Daniel Schlereth.

  14. alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

    Mark Reynolds for Brandon Inge and Daniel Schlereth.

  15. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    Just one thing about the Dbacks OUT of all the pitchers to get from the Tigers they pick Edwin Jackson? Why not Portello?

    Also, Kelly might go to another NL team. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nationals tried to trade for him. Laroache then will be traded to the braves for Kotchman. Oops. I mixed up the years.

  16. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    Just one thing about the Dbacks OUT of all the pitchers to get from the Tigers they pick Edwin Jackson? Why not Portello?

    Also, Kelly might go to another NL team. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nationals tried to trade for him. Laroache then will be traded to the braves for Kotchman. Oops. I mixed up the years.

  17. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s particularly good business for the D’s to be saying everyone is available. I’m not in Arizona so I’ve only seen them on TV, they strike out too much, their bullpen is atrocious, and they look like they are playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Instead of a complete fire sale, look into some moves that will help the bullpen now and a hitter or two with better contact skills. Haren is a little off right now, but there is no way I’d deal him.

    I would also stop talking about trading the entire team. I don’t think that’s helps anyone.

  18. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s particularly good business for the D’s to be saying everyone is available. I’m not in Arizona so I’ve only seen them on TV, they strike out too much, their bullpen is atrocious, and they look like they are playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Instead of a complete fire sale, look into some moves that will help the bullpen now and a hitter or two with better contact skills. Haren is a little off right now, but there is no way I’d deal him.

    I would also stop talking about trading the entire team. I don’t think that’s helps anyone.

  19. melonis_rex 5 years ago

    Trading Dan Haren is the most reactionary move imaginable. Unless you have reason to believe that he’s permanently hurt, Byrnes better be getting some massive haul if he’s trading Haren, and that’s going to be difficult with Lee and Oswalt on the trade market this deadline.

    • jdub220 5 years ago

      I don’t think Haren’s hurt. The only thing I’ve heard from about that is Heyman saying his hip is injured, but I haven’t heard that anywhere else.Haren’s just been unlucky, with a .351 BABIP and high HR/FB rate. He’s the same old Dan Haren. I think he should be traded, if we decide to blow it up (and only keep Upton, Reynolds, and IPK), as he could get a big haul. He’s a much better choice than Lee or Oswalt considering his team friendly contract and years of control.Plus, you could probably DH him or have him play first on his off days…

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

        You keep Haren. You can’t get a pitcher of his caliber out on the market for the same kind of contract he already has. He only goes for a package of players you can’t refuse. If you are going to go with a lot of young, learning on the job pitchers, you still need a guy for the top of the rotation. I would hate to see Reynolds go too. He’s the one player who stands out as always giving it his all.

        • jdub220 5 years ago

          I think getting players who could help the team when they think it’s possible to contend is more important than having an ace while being an otherwise crappy team.

        • jdub220 5 years ago

          I think getting players who could help the team when they think it’s possible to contend is more important than having an ace while being an otherwise crappy team.

    • jdub220 5 years ago

      I don’t think Haren’s hurt. The only thing I’ve heard from about that is Heyman saying his hip is injured, but I haven’t heard that anywhere else.Haren’s just been unlucky, with a .351 BABIP and high HR/FB rate. He’s the same old Dan Haren. I think he should be traded, if we decide to blow it up (and only keep Upton, Reynolds, and IPK), as he could get a big haul. He’s a much better choice than Lee or Oswalt considering his team friendly contract and years of control.Plus, you could probably DH him or have him play first on his off days…

  20. melonis_rex 5 years ago

    Trading Dan Haren is the most reactionary move imaginable. Unless you have reason to believe that he’s permanently hurt, Byrnes better be getting some massive haul if he’s trading Haren, and that’s going to be difficult with Lee and Oswalt on the trade market this deadline.

  21. Beersy 5 years ago

    If Drew is available I think the Padres should at least kick the tires on a deal. Hoyer said earlier in the year that he is not apposed to making a deal within the division, of course at the time he was talking about a deal for Gonzalez. A deal for Drew would really help this club now and in the future. Getting Drew would allow the Padres to send Cabrera to AAA and get his confidence back and then he could take over at his natural position of 2nd base next year. Now this all depends on what the D-Backs are looking for in a deal, because I wouldn’t want to mortgage the future for a player from a team that is having a ” fire sale “.

    • Mr_Anderson1017 5 years ago

      I think any trade with the Padres would almost certainly have to include Latos, and I don’t see that happening.

      First off, the dbacks need to keep Upton IPK Haren Drew Young Miggy Vasquez and Reynolds. Having a core of only Upton and IPK isn’t very strong.

      A fire sale of the position players doesn’t seem like a good idea considering the Dbacks have been one of the better offensive teams this year even with montero injured and upton playing poorly.

      Trading away pitching makes more sense, but who are you gonna get in return for a crappy pitcher?

      I say trade some guys at the deadline but save the fire sale for the off-season

  22. Because poor grammar means his point is invalid.

  23. Because poor grammar means his point is invalid.

  24. GriffeyandSizemore 5 years ago

    exactly

  25. GriffeyandSizemore 5 years ago

    exactly

  26. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Hah! Who said anything about his point being invalid? New_Law_Era’s entire point was that it was a horrendous run on sentence. That’s it.

    And I wholeheartedly agree!

  27. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Hah! Who said anything about his point being invalid? New_Law_Era’s entire point was that it was a horrendous run on sentence. That’s it.

    And I wholeheartedly agree!

  28. Zack23 5 years ago

    No one said his point was invalid.
    But its also hard to have other people understand your point when you type a paragraph as a sentence.

  29. Zack23 5 years ago

    No one said his point was invalid.
    But its also hard to have other people understand your point when you type a paragraph as a sentence.

  30. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Kennedy’s only average 6.1 innings per start, so he hasn’t been going very deep, his .244 BABIP probably isn’t sustainable, and his FIP and xFIP are both over 4. I think IPK has the potential to be a very solid starter, just more of a #3/4 type of guy, and not the #2 type he’s been this year for the D’backs.

  31. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Kennedy’s only average 6.1 innings per start, so he hasn’t been going very deep, his .244 BABIP probably isn’t sustainable, and his FIP and xFIP are both over 4. I think IPK has the potential to be a very solid starter, just more of a #3/4 type of guy, and not the #2 type he’s been this year for the D’backs.

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