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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49 Comments on "D’Backs Meeting To Consider Major Moves"


xSenorChucklesx
5 years 2 months ago

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

kevmill21
5 years 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

kevmill21
5 years 2 months ago

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

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

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

Peet29
5 years 2 months 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 years 2 months ago

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?

5 years 2 months ago

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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

Peet29
5 years 2 months 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.

HighHeat
5 years 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

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

HighHeat
5 years 2 months 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.

5 years 2 months ago

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.

5 years 2 months ago

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.

5 years 2 months ago

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!

5 years 2 months ago

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!

thegrayrace
5 years 2 months 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.

thegrayrace
5 years 2 months 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.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 2 months ago

Mark Reynolds for Brandon Inge and Daniel Schlereth.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 2 months ago

Mark Reynolds for Brandon Inge and Daniel Schlereth.

coolstorybro222
5 years 2 months 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.

coolstorybro222
5 years 2 months 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.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 2 months 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.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 2 months 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.

melonis_rex
5 years 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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…

melonis_rex
5 years 2 months 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.