Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen has said he’s unsure whether to buy, sell or do both at the upcoming trade deadline, but the team is “shopping” at least a few players, Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote earlier this week. The list includes outfielder Adam Jones and the previously rumored duo of outfielder David Peralta and starter Robbie Ray, per Nightengale.
Trading veterans wouldn’t necessarily be a white-flag move on the part of Arizona, which could still find ways to remain competitive. Just last offseason, the Diamondbacks traded the longtime face of their franchise, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, in a package that netted them multiple major league-ready pieces in right-hander Luke Weaver and catcher Carson Kelly. Both players have helped the Diamondbacks’ cause during a 48-47 start that has put them a mere game behind the National League’s last playoff spot, though Weaver has been out since late May with a forearm strain.
Unlike Goldschmidt, it’s safe to say Jones wouldn’t return much in a deal. The longtime Oriole got off to a fast start with the D-backs this season after joining the club for a guaranteed $3MM in early March, but Jones’ offensive production has cratered since the beginning of June. Overall, the 33-year-old has hit .261/.310/.433 with 13 home runs and a personal-worst 90 wRC+ across 353 plate appearances. To Jones’ credit, after a few dismal years in the outfield at the end of his Orioles tenure, he has essentially been a neutral defender in right this season (zero Defensive Runs Saved, minus-0.6 Ultimate Zone Rating).
Even considering Jones’ passable work in the grass and his well-regarded leadership, the five-time All-Star’s production over the past couple years indicates he wouldn’t move the needle much for a playoff hopeful down the stretch. It seems doubtful anyone would acquire Jones and expect him to offer a ton of on-field value, but regardless, he wouldn’t be able to stop a trade from occurring. Thanks to the 10-and-5 rights Jones earned with the Orioles, he blocked a trade last year and finished the season in Baltimore.
I’ve Been Saying This About The Giants…
Addition By Subtraction. . . Seems to be the route a lot of teams are going to take.
And if everyone is one the same page. Just about. These next 10 games or so are gonna say a lot. About at least 6-7 Organizations…
Giants Win Today. ! 2 Games Under…
What does this have to do with the Giants?
He’s talking about addition by subtraction, which is what the diamondbacks would like to achieve by trading any of the listed players. Although, it was poorly worded.
Klentak should look into these three
I would love him in a Padres uniform but…. Wil Myers. Sigh
I’d rather have Adam Jones from Tool, at least he can slap da bass and make cool music videos using claymation.
Down with OBP
I still think that any smart GM would be asking if they knew the pieces fit.
They could go 46-2 if they fit.
Sober up, you guys.
I don’t want to stir The Pot, but if they trade Ray, Jones and Peralta they would essentially be writing their eulogy for the season.
He doesn’t play bass in Tool. He’s a guitar player. Justin Chancellor is their bassist.
~~~~~~The more you know.
Send final offer for Ray?
The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla
Cleveland is on the red Bat Phone, Line 2.
No they’re not Joker…
I wonder if the Diamondbacks could swing a deal with the Brewers for Grienke , cash and a low prospect for Shaw and Thames
Brewers have been there, done that.
Thames is garbage. Shaw is worth a shot though in some form of a trade
Thames has also been juicing for the last 5+ years. He has Braun to show him how to manipulate a drug test.
The Dbacks are going to give you Cash, Greinke, and they’re going to throw in a prospect so they can get Shaw and Thames?
Yeah, I don’t believe so.
It gonna take alot more than that. And it starts with Heston Hiura. And 3 others a lot of cash and convincing Grienke to waive his no trade clause which includes the brewers red Sox and yankees just to name a few
It is Keston. The prospects will depend on the cash. The more cash the DBacks pay the better the prospects.
A low prospect? That would take much more.
I swear if they trade peralta…
Diamondbacks won by a lot tonight.
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Jones “wouldn’t move the needle much” for a contending team?? Come on now! He’s a well-respected veteran All-Star who still hits dingers and could be appealing to AL contenders who need both outfield and DH help. The Indians, if they decide to make a run? The Yankees? Literally any other team with post-season aspirations could use Jones if an OF need arises, and if the argument that his wRC+ isn’t league-average, I guess the decision would be between promoting someone from within who would be a relative crapshoot in terms of performance at the ML level or nabbing Jones and his consistency and leadership. This feels like one of those times where the analytics don’t adequately quantify a player’s value in a particular situation for a particular purpose.
Everything you said is probably true. It’s also true though that he won’t add a lot of value to a team.
Would solve a lot of problems for the Cardinals in the outfield.
Jones is a FORMER all-star who got very old at a rather young age. The Orioles always have and continue to over value their players. That’s where most of his reputation originated. Sure…like any player…he can have a hot streak. His occurred at the beginning of this season. If he had to face consistently good pitching in the playoffs, his value would probably be nil. I can’t imagine a trade yielding anything beyond a 17 year old who doesn’t crack a prospects list.
After they deal Jones, call the Blue Jays. They have reserve OFs and Zona could use more depth in the OF.
McKinney and Grichuk for Tomas, Braden Shipley and Kevin Ginkel.
Zona gets rid of Tomas and have an OF of Peralta-Dyson-Grichuk.
Blue Jays grab arms worthy of a shot in the majors. Tomas DHs and if he can’t hack it he’s non-tendered after the 2020 season.
For the additional 22 million bucks Grichuk is owed they could just sign a better outfielder this offseason. I don’t think a player of Grichuk’s caliber coming off a year like this one would even get a deal that large.
You really consider that deal to be large?
McKinney, Grichuk and Smoak for Belt and Shipley.
That’ll steer the cash issue in the other direction. Anyone that is willing to take Grichuk and that ill-advised extension would be a Godsend. It allows Posey more time at 1B next year.
The offseason will be addressing SP most likely. Perhaps re-signing Bumgarner or QO him. Bullpen too.
I’m sure the market for an old outfielder who slashes .260/.300/.380 is huge.