D’Backs Open To Major Changes

The last-place Diamondbacks, losers of ten consecutive games, are considering a major restructuring of the major league roster, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Team president Derrick Hall said the team has to consider changes when losing like this.

"We're going to have to look at the budget and at doing business a little differently," Hall said. "Sticking with the same guys year after year when their salaries are going up and we're not getting results, that's not efficient or responsible."

D’Backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick also expressed disappointment in the team, though he didn't blame manager A.J. Hinch. Kendrick suggested the players “look themselves in the mirror.” And Kendrick says the same applies for everyone in the organization, including GM Josh Byrnes.

"We owe it to ourselves to frankly look in the mirror, for me to look at myself and say what am I doing or not doing that I should be doing as an owner," Kendrick said. "It goes for me, Derrick Hall, Josh Byrnes and right on through to all of us who don’t wear the uniform and are involved in the organization."

Yesterday, Byrnes did not deny to Jim Bowden that the D’Backs could listen on Dan Haren. Adam LaRoche is one of the other D’Backs with some trade value.


32 Responses to D’Backs Open To Major Changes Leave a Reply

  1. 04Forever 5 years ago

    Laroche > Haren as of right now, but that needs to change if they want to get any decent prospects to build on

  2. BravesRed 5 years ago

    At least one team in each division needs to start rebuilding.

    AL East – Orioles. They started, but stopped for some reason.

    AL Central – White Sox. Like the Orioles, they started, but stopped.
    Royals. They need a complete makeover, starting with Moor.

    AL West – Mariners – Outside of Ichiro on the offense, they suck.
    Angels. All the players doing good, are aging.

    NL East – Mets. Get rid of Minaya, keep Manuel since he’s not the problem, and start rebuilding.

    NL Central – Brewers. Keep Braun, Escobar, and Gallardo. Sell everyone else off.
    Cubs. Obviously their way hasn’t been working for over 100 years.
    Astros. Worse minor league system in baseball, in my opinion. Also, it’s like Wade and Hendry are having a contest on who can give out the most no-trade clauses.

    NL West – Outside of the Padres, they all need to rebuild.

    Conclusion – GM’s are suppose to be the boss, but they let these players run all over them. GM’s need to grow a pair and take control of the team, not the players. GM’s need to tell the players, you want more money or you want that no-trade clause, you can’t have both.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Orioles didn’t stop rebuilding, I think they were just under the mistaken belief that retreads like Atkins, Tejada, Lugo, etc could fill in their holes with their rookies leading the way. Issue being Wieters and Matsuz just haven’t had their real breakthrough yet.

      Cubs can’t rebuild, they have too much invested. They have about $36M in 2 albatross contracts, one to an ace who pitches like a middle of the order pitcher (and was demoted to the pen at one point), and while Cubs fans will probably point out Soriano is having his best year as a Cub… he’s 34 and will only go down hill.

      Agreed completely on the Astros… if they can get a package headlined by Storen out of the Nats for Oswalt, do it! Just to simply get a farm going. And if any Astros fan says something like “only accept Strasburg for Oswalt” they should be severely riddiculed. But really, the way to win is typically through the farm. Take the AL East for example… late 90s were dominated by the yanks mostly because of their homegrown stars. The Sox right now are dominated not by the high paid FAs, but by Youk, Pedroia, Lester, Paps, Bard, and Buch, all products of the farm. As for the Rays, well need I say more about baseball’s toughest team.

    • gigantes2425 5 years ago

      are you kidding me? all but the padres? aside from the dbacks, we have the best race going and all 4 teams are over .500. not to mention the wild card will come out of the NL west again.

      • BravesRed 5 years ago

        It’s your right to disagree with my statement, but it’s also my right to laugh at your “best race going on and all teams are over .500″ statement. Need I remind you, that title goes to the AL East. Last time I checked, the AL and NL East divisions have the reputation of the best divisions in MLB, and the NL West has the reputation of the worse division in MLB.

        • thegrayrace 5 years ago

          Clearly by “best race” he was referring to the NL West being the closest race, with 4 of the 5 teams within 4 games of 1st place, and the Wild Card leader currently being in the same division. The AL East realistically only has 3 teams vying for 2 spots.

          As far as “reputation of the worst division in MLB”, that is complete BS and it has been for years, though it is consistently reinforced by an east coast media bias.

          139-126 – NL West
          149-171 – NL Central
          139-128 – NL East

          104-109 – AL West
          121-141 – AL Central
          146-123 – AL East

          As of today, NL West teams have the best combined record in the National League, and 2nd best in baseball. The same was true last season. And the NL West has had more Wild Card berths than any other NL division.

          NL West – 6 Wild Card wins
          NL Central – 5 Wild Card wins
          NL East – 4 Wild Card wins

          So until you can back up your argument with numbers, your opinion is worthless.

          • BravesRed 5 years ago

            History proves everything. I don’t need numbers to prove anything.

          • ivdown 5 years ago

            This just solidifies your stupidity. You don’t need numbers to prove anything? What are you going off of, looks?

        • I hope you realize how silly you sound.

          • BravesRed 5 years ago

            Wasn’t aware that I was making sounds on this site, but if that’s what you call it.

        • gigantes2425 5 years ago

          considering the NL west has the best pitching in baseball between the giants, and padres. and there is also the dodgers have an alright staff. all 3 of those teams are anchored down by 3 of the best closers in baseball and whose that pitcher?…oh yeah! ubaldo jimenez is alright too.

          • BravesRed 5 years ago

            If Jimenez can keep his ERA below 2 by the end of July, I will come on here and type that the NL West is the best division in the NL.

          • gigantes2425 5 years ago

            i’ll be glad to hear from you at the end of july.

          • ivdown 5 years ago

            Wow, one guy and his ERA makes a division? The Braves must be awful because Kawakami is 0-7, they must be in last place by 15 games because of that…hoooray for saying dumb things!

    • ivdown 5 years ago

      LOL. Every NL West team but the Padres needs to rebuild? Are you this big of an idiot?

      • BravesRed 5 years ago

        Thank you for proving my point on the stupidity of people that use the internet.

        • ivdown 5 years ago

          Your point was proven the minute you wrote in this topic.

  3. The D BAcks should fire the entore coaching staff and GM. They need to bring in a billy beane type as GM and promote AAA coach Rick Burleson as Manager. Then they might, might be able to start rebuilding.

  4. bigpat 5 years ago

    They are sure using Haren and Edwin Jackson as if they don’t expect them to be on the team much longer, It seems like they push these guys to 120 pitches every start.

    Even if they don’t trade Haren, I think they could get something for Jackson. I like his durability and even though his numbers look bad this year, he’s striking out even more batters and I think better times are ahead for him. He’s had some great starts mixed in with some bad and fluky ones.

  5. drumzalicious 5 years ago

    The D-Backs have a solid offense and starting rotation their problem is that freaking bullpen. if they could fix that they would be solid

  6. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    I’m really surprised the Diamondbacks have struggled so much this season. On paper, it looks like a really solid team, aside from the bullpen. But the Diamondbacks are only 3 games under .500 outside of the division, while they’re 12 games under .500 within the division. I think the strength of the NL West is making them look worse than they really are.

  7. Haren and Jackson gave their teams 17 innings of shutout ball over the past two starts and got nothing for it. Both games the team ended up losing.

    Yeah, I’d say it’s time for a change.

  8. jdub220 5 years ago

    Mel Stottlemyre Jr. needs to be fired. Now.
    I think Gibson should be manager and AJ should’ve been bench coach or something.
    This organization says all the right things, and makes pretty good moves in my opinion, but when it comes down to it, you gotta produce. The one thing good about this organization: they aren’t afraid to make moves.

    • kevinhua 5 years ago

      i dont think mel jr needs to be fired he is the hardest working coach out there but his pitching staff is just not producing and the bullpen…welll…. there isnt really anything we can do about that

      • jdub220 5 years ago

        The only reason Mel Jr. is the hardest working coach is due to all his walking back and forth between the dugout and mound.

        Bryan Price was a really good pitching coach. The pitching didn’t become horrid until after he left.

        Apparently there’s going to be some kind of announcement tomorrow, so I’m guessing Mel Jr. is gone.

        • qudjy1 5 years ago

          Well thats not really true. There were members of the staff that were pretty terrible when Price was here. Rauch comes to mind.

          • kevinhua 5 years ago

            yeah but as a collective group there were average/slightly above pitching staff

          • jdub220 5 years ago

            That’s one player. As a whole, they outperformed their expectations every year.

            Someone needs to be the scapegoat, and I don’t want it to be JB, and neither do you. So you have to choose someone, right?

        • kevinhua 5 years ago

          haha well if you put it that way then yes he is hardest working there. But its too a point where he cant really do anything about it

  9. redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

    Am i the only one the wants to see Walt Jocketty call Josh Brynes about Dan Haren if he could be traded? He would command alot in return but we have a pretty good farm system and dan haren is under contract for very reasonable price, The one thing we have been lacking is a true ace and he fits the bill on every level. There were also talks about Brandon Webb going to cinnci in the free agents because he wants to play close to his home and were the clostest and we have Harang And Bronson coming of the books.

    what would it take for Haren?
    Yonder Alonso,Juan Fransico even thought they have Mark at third they could move juan to left
    Matt Moloney and someone else like Chirs Valkila?

    • qudjy1 5 years ago

      I think AZ would want some serious starting pitching in return. I dont know much abut those guys you listed.

  10. kevinhua 5 years ago

    that sounds reasonable but the dbacks need pitching ready prospects to produce in 2011/2012. So maybe a travis wood for this year and/or boxberger for a long term solution Alonso would also fit bc 1st base has been a black hole in recent years and with brandon allen struggling in AAA the dbacks need a legit power prospect.

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