How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

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How All Of The D’Backs Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Diamondbacks are having a brutal season at 30 – 44 thus far, and are now under the microscope of Tony La Russa.

This has to be done for good reason.  The club’s transaction record recently is highly suspect even though they are being led by veteran GM Kevin Towers.

When covering this Roster Tree (just for the hitters) I have found a disturbing trend of 2 team and 3 way trades that may not be beneficial to the long term success for the snakes.

The 1st one coming to mind is shipping out Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers for a fringe 1B prospect in Lars Anderson, Reliever Tony Sipp and shortstop Didi Gregorius (even though Chris Owings was already in the system).

Justin Upton should have been a franchise game changer.  He still managed 2 ALL - Star Appearances, A Silver Slugger and a top 5 NL MVP finish in 2011.  The OF scored over 100 runs in his last 2 season with the franchise.

Justin Upton should have been a franchise game changer for Arizona. He still managed 2 ALL – Star Appearances, A Silver Slugger and a top 5 NL MVP finish in 2011. The OF scored over 100 runs in his last 2 seasons with the franchise.  The team will be judged harshly if the assets acquired for this man don’t turn out.

This also coupled with the Justin Upton trade, and the most recent trade in the club picking up Mark Trumbo for Tyler Skaggs.

The D’Backs also forfeited Adam Eaton to the Sox in the transaction.

The franchise hasn’t won that many deals of late.  You can track it all the way back to the Max Scherzer deal that saw the team bring in Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.

While Kennedy did have a 21 game win campaign, however he was lackluster since then, and the brass decided to trade him for Reliever Joe Thatcher.

Right after that, the management traded highly touted Infielder Matt Davidson for enigmatic Closer Addison Reed.

The Arizona Diamondbacks originally tailored the club to be more of players that Kirk Gibson loved, however the team gave up significant young starting pitching in Tyler Skaggs for Mark Trumbo.

No doubt the club has been bereaved by injury, but the depth has been tested because of horrible trades.

It kind of made a dent back the other way from a brilliant move the team had done, being rid of a fledgling talent in Dan Haren, in exchange for the aforementioned Skaggs, Joe Saunders and also Patrick Corbin.

This after all, made up for a brutal move in which the team gave up Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Carter and Brett Anderson – for a couple of average years for Haren.

It is still a win for the team based on Corbin (even recovering from TJ Surgery) and having the squad pick up Mark Trumbo.

Here is the problem.  Arizona used to have a 1B guy with tonnes of power and many SO in Mark Reynolds.

The club also must hope that all pieces for the Justin Upton trade pan out.

It would have been great for the squad to have had Skaggs take over when Patrick Corbin when he went out for the year.

It will be interesting to see the tree of transactions with the club once the pitchers are sifted through.

This franchise is so lucky they have drafted decently with guys like Paul Goldschmidt, and previously selected Gerardo Parra, Owings and Montero, all gentlemen originally signed by the team.

Another factor to look at in the pitchers side, is the Free Agents signings.  This isn’t over yet, but doesn’t look good.


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.

Arizona D’Backs 2014 Hitters Age/Position (Roster Tree)


Miguel Montero (30) C:  Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2001.

Paul Goldschmidt (26) 1B:  Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Aaron Hill (32) SS/2B:  August 23, 2011: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with John McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson.

John McDonald (39) SS/3B/2B:  March 20, 2013: Sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a conditional deal.

Kelly Johnson (32) 2B/3B/LF: December 30, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chris Owings (22) SS: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (41st pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.

Martin Prado (30) 3B/2B/LF:  January 24, 2013: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Nick Ahmed (minors), Brandon Drury (minors), Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chris Johnson and Justin Upton.

Nick Ahmed (24) 2B/SS:  Is Currently in Reno with the AAA affiliate for the Dbacks.

Brandon Drury (21) 1B/3B:  Is Currently with A+ affiliate Visalia of the California League.

Randall Delgado (24) RP:  Delgado is part of the Relief Core this year for Arizona.

Zeke Spruill (24) P:  Spruill has played most of the year with Reno, other than 1 start with the big club.

Chris Johnson (29) 3B: July 29, 2012: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Bobby Borchering (minors) and Marc Krauss.

Bobby Borchering (23) 3B/1B/OF: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (16th) of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Marc Krauss (26) 1B/LF/PH:  Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (16th) of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Justin Upton (26) OF:  Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.

Cody Ross (33) OF: December 22, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A.J. Pollock (26) CF: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.

Gerardo Parra (27) OF:  Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2004.

Ender Inciarte (23) OF: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2008.

Mark Trumbo (28) OF/1B/DH: December 10, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Chicago White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Chicago White Sox sent a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent A.J. Schugel (minors) (December 13, 2013) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade. The Chicago White Sox sent Brandon Jacobs (minors) (December 13, 2013) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade.

A.J. Schugel (25) P:  Is Starting in AA Mobile of the Southern League for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Brandon Jacobs (23) LF:  Is also playing for Visalia (A+ Ball) in the California League.

Adam Eaton (25) OF: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Tyler Skaggs  (22) SP:  August 7, 2010: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent Tyler Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete an earlier deal made on July 25, 2010. July 25, 2010: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a player to be named later, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Dan Haren.

Dan Haren (33) SP: December 14, 2007: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith.

Connor Robertson (32) RP: December 12, 2008: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Mets for Scott Schoeneweis.

Scott Schoeneweis (40) RP: November 6, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

Brett Anderson (26) SP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Chris Carter (27) 1B/LF/DH: December 3, 2007: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Carlos Quentin.

Carlos Quentin (31) OF: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.

Aaron Cunningham (28) OF: June 16, 2007: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Danny Richar.

Danny Richar (31) 2B/3B: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2001.

Dana Eveland (30) P: November 25, 2006: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Doug Davis and Dave Krynzel to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Greg Aquino, Johnny Estrada and Claudio Vargas.

Doug Davis (38) P: November 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

Dave Krynzel (32) RF/PH: April 11, 2008: Released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greg Aquino (36) RP: Signed by ARI (NL) as an amateur free agent in 1995.

Johnny Estrada (37) C: December 7, 2005: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Lance Cormier and Oscar Villarreal.

Lance Cormier (33) RP: June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 2002.

Oscar Villareal (32) RP:  Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 1998.

Claudio Vargas (35) P; June 3, 2005: Selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Washington Nationals.

Carlos Gonzalez  (28) OF: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2002.

Greg Smith (30) SP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 6th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

Patrick Corbin, (24) SP:  Is out for the year with TJ Surgery, but is one of the premiere LHP since 2014.

Rafael Rodriguez (29) RP: July 5, 2011: Released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Joe Saunders (33) SP: August 26, 2012: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with cash to the Baltimore Orioles for Matt Lindstrom and cash.

Matt Lindstrom (34) RP: October 31, 2012: Granted Free Agency.

Cliff Pennington (30) SS/3B: October 20, 2012: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Oakland Athletics to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Oakland Athletics sent Yordy Cabrera (minors) to the Miami Marlins. The Miami Marlins sent Heath Bell and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Chris Young and cash to the Oakland Athletics.

Heath Bell (36) RP: December 3, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Arizona Diamondbacks with cash to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays sent a player to be named later and Justin Choate (minors) to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent David Holmberg to the Cincinnati Reds. The Cincinnati Reds sent Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Todd Glaesmann (minors) (December 13, 2013) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade.

Todd Glaesmann (23) OF:  Is playing rookie ball for the D’Backs organization in the Northwest League with Hillsboro.

David Holmberg (22) P:  July 30, 2010: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Daniel Hudson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Edwin Jackson.

Daniel Hudson (27) SP:  Hudson is still signed by Arizona – and is recovering from TJ Surgery yet again.

Edwin Jackson (30) SP:  December 8, 2009: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Detroit Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers. The New York Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers.

Max Scherzer (29) SP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.

Daniel Schlereth (28) RP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (26th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.

Ian Kennedy (29) SP:  July 31, 2013: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the San Diego Padres for Matt Stites (minors) and Joe Thatcher.

Joe Thatcher (30) P:  IS in the Relief Core for the Snakes in 2014.

Matt Stites (24) RP:  Is with the Reno Aces squad (AAA affiliate).

Chris Young (30) CF: December 20, 2005: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Javier Vazquez.

Javier Vazquez (37) SP: January 11, 2005: Traded by the New York Yankees with Brad Halsey, Dioner Navarro and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Randy Johnson.

Randy Johnson (50) SP: December 10, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brad Halsey (33) P: March 26, 2006: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Oakland Athletics for Juan Cruz.

Juan Cruz (35) RP: October 30, 2008: Granted Free Agency.

Dioner Navarro (30) C: January 11, 2005: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with William Juarez (minors), Danny Muegge (minors) and Beltran Perez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Shawn Green.

William Juarez (33) P: Was signed by the Diamondbacks as an International Free Agent in 2000.

Danny Muegge (33) P: Was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Beltran Perez (32) P: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 1999.

Shawn Green (41) OF: August 22, 2006: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with cash to the New York Mets for Evan MacLane.

Evan MacLane (31) P:  April 25, 2009: Sent to the St. Louis Cardinals by the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a conditional deal.

Orlando Hernandez (48) P:  May 24, 2006: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Mets for Jorge Julio.

Jorge Julio (35) RP: March 26, 2007: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with cash to the Florida Marlins for Yusmeiro Petit.

Yusmeiro Petit (28) SP:  November 4, 2009: Selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Luis Vizcaino (39) RP: January 9, 2007: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Alberto Gonzalez, Steven Jackson and Ross Ohlendorf to the New York Yankees for Randy Johnson and cash.

Alberto Gonzalez (31) SS/3B/SS:  Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2002.

Ross Ohlendorf (31) P: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Steven Jackson (32) P: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Eric Chavez (36) PH/3B:  December 8, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

David Peralta (26) LF: July 3, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roger Kieschnick (27) LF/PH: April 4, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the San Francisco Giants.

Jordan Pacheco (28) 3B/C:  June 12, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Colorado Rockies.

Alfredo Marte (25) PH/LF: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2005.

Nick Evans (28) PH/LF/1B: March 28, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tuffy Gosewisch (30) C: November 4, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Didi Gregorius (24) SS: December 11, 2012: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Cincinnati Reds to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Matt Albers, Trevor Bauer and Bryan Shaw to the Cleveland Indians. The Cincinnati Reds sent Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland Indians sent Lars Anderson and Tony Sipp to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cleveland Indians sent Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Donald and cash to the Cincinnati Reds.

Tony Sipp (30) RP/RF (HA!): Is in the Bullpen with Arizona for 2014.

Lars Anderson (26) RF/1B: February 1, 2013: Selected off waivers by the Chicago White Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Trevor Bauer (23) SP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2011 amateur draft.

Matt Albers (31) RP: July 31, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Craig Breslow.

Scott Podsednik (38) OF: August 2, 2012: Released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Craig Breslow (33) RP: December 9, 2011: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Trevor Cahill and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Ryan Cook, Collin Cowgill and Jarrod Parker.

Trevor Cahill (26) P: June 12th, 2014.  Cahill was Designated For Assignment.

Collin Cowgill (28) OF: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 5th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Ryan Cook (26) RP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 27th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Jarrod Parker (25) SP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.

Bryan Shaw (26) RP: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Tony Campana (28) OF: February 18, 2013: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jesus Castillo (minors) and Erick Leal (minors).

Jesus Castillo (18) P:  Signed as an International Free Agent with Arizona in 2012.

Erick Leal (19) P: Signed as an International Free Agent with Arizona in 2012.

Transaction Dates Linked to that of Baseballreference.com

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Patrick Corbin pitched like the ace of the staff for Arizona and gave them a chance to win every time he pitched. The DBacks went 23-9 in the games that he started. He used the combination of a good fastball and a devastating slider that confused when they came up to the plate against him. The southpaw won 14 games and pitched over 200 innings in his first full season in the rotation. He struck out 178 batters and only walked 54 with a 1.16 WHIP.  Corbin held opposing batters to a .240 average and left-handers only hit .203 against him. He did struggle in the final month, as it looked like he ran out of gas - which we know may have been because of a UCL strain.  Corbin will miss the entire 2014 year with Tommy John Surgery. unless a 2nd opinion changes things.

Patrick Corbin pitched like the ace of the staff for Arizona and gave them a chance to win every time he pitched. The DBacks went 23-9 in the games that he started in 2013. He used the combination of a good fastball and a devastating slider that confused when they came up to the plate against him. The southpaw won 14 games and pitched over 200 innings in his first full season in the rotation. He struck out 178 batters and only walked 54 with a 1.16 WHIP. Corbin held opposing batters to a .240 average and left-handers only hit .203 against him. He did struggle in the final month, as it looked like he ran out of gas – which we know may have been because of a UCL strain. Corbin will miss the entire 2014 year with Tommy John Surgery.  He was picked up in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels in a package of players that included he, Tyler Skaggs and Joe Saunders.  The team traded Skaggs back to LAA for Mark Trumbo prior to 2014.  Like Corbin, Trumbo has seen lots of time on the injury table this campaign.

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For More Thoughts on the D’Backs, I refer to our lead personality Sully for his latest podcast, centered around the Arizona team.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a disgrace of an organization. They are “fake tough” and showed yesterday (June 17th, 2014) that winning is not priority number one.

In the wake of the beanball that led to a Brewers grand slam, Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers need to go. The organization is rudderless and need to be make major changes now.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 18, 2014

About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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