D’Backs Notes: Youkilis, Parra, Saunders

Here's the latest on the Diamondbacks courtesy of Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic..

  • The D'Backs have had multiple looks at Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and GM Kevin Towers is reluctant to go down that road for several reasons.  Towers is turned off by the money owed to Youkilis and is also balking at the asking price.  The Red Sox apparently were asking for Gerardo Parra to be included in a deal for the veteran.
  • There are still indications that Arizona would be willing to trade left-hander Joe Saunders if the right deal came along.  Interested clubs include the Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, and Pirates.  Trading Saunders, who makes a reasonable $6MM this year, would open up room for top prospect Trevor Bauer.
  • On the whole, the Diamondbacks are on the fence about whether to make moves that will help their cause in 2012 or to instead look to add a piece for 2013 and beyond.


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41 Comments on "D’Backs Notes: Youkilis, Parra, Saunders"


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Devern Hansack
3 years 21 days ago

Arizona would be a tough trade partner, as the vast majority of their prospects are either contributing in the major leagues or, like Red Sox prospects, are in the lower levels of the system.

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mmiller54
3 years 21 days ago

Yeah, but do you really need much more than Saunders for Youk… Lately Youk has been brittle and terrible. I think that would help the sox lack of rotational depth.

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Devern Hansack
3 years 21 days ago

I’d be comfortable with a Youkilis + cash for Saunders and Albaladejo trade.

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James Attwood
3 years 21 days ago

If the cash were significant, or if the BoSox ate a large portion of Youk’s contract, then this trade would actually make some sense, though it’s questionable how much Youk really brings to the Dbacks as it is.

IF I’m KT, I walk away.

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LazerTown
3 years 21 days ago

Why would the D’Backs do that trade?
Trading a pitcher giving thema  3.50 era and a reliever for a 33 yo 3b who hasn’t been able to stay healthy the past 4 years, and barely tops 15 hr/season anymore.

I really don’t see why they would pull that one without getting any prospects.  Youk unless he produces would just be  a salary dump at this time, they dont need to give up large value to get him.

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James Attwood
3 years 21 days ago

The Dbacks have a number of pieces that other teams would love, including Bauer, Corbin, and Skaggs who are all at a ppoint where they could contribute on a big league roster. They also have a few position players within a year of vying for a spot. They also have depth on the big league roster with 4 starting OFers (plus a 5th in AAA), 2 1Bs, and in the next few weeks 3 SSs.

They have plenty of trade material. The problem with trading with the Dbacks is that their minor league talent is pretty much untouchable, or will cost an arm-and-a-leg. And the Dbacks needs are so very specific that there are few trading partners with pieces that could fill those needs.

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Devern Hansack
3 years 21 days ago

Right. My point was that there’s zero chance the Sox could net Skaggs/Bauer/Corbin/Parker in a Youkilis deal even if they ate all of his salary. The Red Sox desperately need minor league starters for the upper level of their system.

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AJV19
3 years 21 days ago

They definitely won’t get Parker from the Diamondbacks since he is currently pitching for the A’s.

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AFCFAN06
3 years 21 days ago

why would the Braves have intrests in Saunders for any reason lol

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EcurbTheMighty
3 years 21 days ago

One of the main reasons they haven’t demoted Mike Minor yet was because he’s the only lefty in the starting rotation. Getting Saunders gives you a proven (if only slightly above average) lefty while letting Minor figure out some control in AAA. Teheran was solid the other night, but again, he’s a righty and the Braves could be looking at his service time if he got the call.

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3 years 21 days ago

The Only Way, and I do mean the only way the Orioles should trade for Saunders is to get Gerardo Parra as part of the deal as well.

I don’t think the D’backs will catch the Dodgers this year, although from seeing the highlights against the Angels last night. They did look pretty solid. However, solid won’t be enough to catch the Dodgers.

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James Attwood
3 years 21 days ago

Why in the world would the Dbacks package Parra with Suanders? And what do the O’s have that would be worth that kind of package in return. There is no urgency to move Saunders. He’s performing well and has a team-friendly salary. KT has already stated many times that so long as the rotation stays healthy, there is no objection to keeping Bauer in AAA until call-ups.

Parra is only a fw months older than Upton, and is quietly (though with a bit more notice now) putting up impressive numbers for a lead-off hitting 4th OF that would be a starter on more than 75% in baseball. On top of that, after the season ends, Parra will just be going into his 2nd of 4 arbitration years, meaning he is still exceptionally affordable.

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johnsilver
3 years 21 days ago

 Am having a hard time figuring out why the orioles (or anyone in the AL East) would want Saunders. He is a Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Javy Vazquez, AJ Burnett type a team just needs to look very closely at those numbers before even considering bringing back to the AL and his pedestrian overall numbers even put up in the weak AL West before even being shipped off to the NL as it is..

This guy is a back of the rotation innings eater at BEST.. Go and see if can get your old workhorse Guthrie back from the Rockies 1st, they may think he can’t hack it there perhaps and be looking to dump his salary and at least he has proven can handle the AL East. Saunders? Offer them Mark Reynolds back.. It’s all he is worth and not paying one thin dime of Reynolds salary either..

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ugen64
3 years 21 days ago

That doesn’t make any sense. You’re saying that Saunders’ numbers would get worse if he pitches in the AL East, but then you turn around and say that Guthrie (whose ERA is about twice as high as Saunders’) would be a better acquisition? You can’t have it both ways… and it’s not like every pitcher inevitably pitches worse moving from the NL to the AL. A certain Jason Hammel would have something to say about that…

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johnsilver
3 years 21 days ago

 It makes all the sense. Guthrie has proven himself in the AL East and did it for years. Saunders never, ever did anything even in the weak (then) AL West.

Guthrie, when he played for the O’s had a miserable defense, plus offense behind him as well and Saunders had a tremendous offensive team beating up on inferior Oakland and Seattle teams.

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James Attwood
3 years 21 days ago

Saunders has consistently outpitched his peripherals throughout his entire career. Depending on the team, he is a #3-#5. Most teams he is a #4. He’s a :HP that gets both righties and lefties out and pitches a truckload of innings reliably every year. He’s a ground ball pitcher that has a reasonable contract. He’s no superstar. Nut teams could do a LOT worse than Saunders, especially given he is on a one-year contract.

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chowdah219
3 years 21 days ago

If the sox ate some money and threw in a prospect, i think that deal could get done…

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ColonelBoston
3 years 21 days ago

NOO!! Don’t trade Youk! As a Red Sox fan I love knowing the Sox have lost 8 of their last 11 because Youk is playing everyday w/ his .212 avg while a .290 Middlebrooks rots on the bench & Agon’s avg & power plummets daily because he’s constantly worrying about learning a new position & thereby ignoring his bat. I’m sure the Sox anemic offense of late has nothing whatsoever to do with what I just wrote…

Seriously though, at this point, the way Youk is playing & with his history of injuries, the Sox will be lucky to get a AA bat boy for him.