D’Backs Pitching Staff In 2014: The Roster Tree Shows Now Ex – GM Towers Fault(y) On Assembly
How All Of The D’Backs Pitchers Were Acquired:
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It has not been a banner year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I don’t need to beleaguer that point out to much to the common fan of the franchise.
What I found most disturbing out of the Roster Tree, is the team’s brass continued reliance and insistence on Relief arms.
But before we divulge into that, the name Dan Haren is still haunting this franchise. (Not Towers fault, but still an important trade historically)
1st off, look at the haul they traded for his rights in the 1st place. 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.
Carter has gone on to lead the AL in HRs this year with 35, and is one of the best power hitters in the game today.
Here is the kicker. Haren was 37 – 26, with a 3.56 ERA with your franchise, and you saw enough of his 2010 decline to flip him to the Los Angeles Angels for Tyler Skaggs. (Also not KT).
However, the organization sent Tyler Skaggs back to the Los Angeles Angels for Mark Trumbo, who has had an injury riddled season, and has failed to meet expectations.
In that transaction, the team saw fit to trade away a potential franchise leadoff man in Adam Eaton as part of the players exiting.
This had eradicated the good deal the club pulled off when they acquired Skaggs as part of the Corbin deal.
The problem with this acquisition is it strayed from your philosophy to rid yourselves off all power or nothing hitters.
Cahill has struggled mightily this campaign.
Kevin Towers can thank his lucky stars that Jarrod Parker went out for the season with TJ Surgery, otherwise this trade would be even worse.
In that same deal, the team picked up Craig Breslow, who they traded to the Red Sox just 4 months later. One of the players coming back (Scott Podsednik) was then released 3 days later. Talk about a dumb move.
Ryan Cook is one of the better late inning relievers in the game today.
In 2012’s winter, KT also made another pitching trade blunder. Check out this deal… December 11, 2012: as part of a 3-team deal the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Trevor Bauer with Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to the Cleveland Indians. The Cincinnati Reds sent Didi Gregorius to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 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.
Essentially, Sipp was granted Free Agency following 2013, and Anderson was a total bust. Add in Gregorius to the deal, (when you already have a SS in your system like Chris Owings) and it is not wise maneuvering.
Boy Bryan Shaw would look good for the Snakes right now, and maybe you wouldn’t have had to do that Davidson for Reed deal.
Trevor Bauer wouldn’t have been shabby either.
Albers and Sipp offset each other, and now coincidentally, are teammates in Houston with the Astros.
Okay, back to the original point.
The squad next bad deal was bringing in Addison Reed for prospect Adam Davidson.
Trading for a late inning arm, with a lifetime ERA that point of 4.17 is ridiculous, and especially when you have let go of one of your best prospects in the process.
Plus who could have predicted such an expedient fall for likes of J.J. Putz?
Kennedy could have been moved for a positional prospect. By the way, Thatcher was traded to the Angels for their 11th and 23rd RD draft picks in the 2011 draft this deadline.
At least Towers picked up an OF back in return with Zack Borenstein, along with yet another reliever.
Arizona was also snake bitten (pun intended), by Trumbo’s and Paul Goldschmidt‘s injuries.
Seriously though, what was the point in trading for that guy?? You had Paul Goldschmidt to play 1B already – and Trumbo isn’t a great OF to begin with.
What is horrible about the pitching and hitting Roster Trees is it shows a great draft record for the organization.
The club could have had Adam Eaton patrolling CF and leadoff, with Parra (Gold Glover) as the LF, with Martin Prado as the RF – and A.J. Pollock as the 4th OF, or you could have mixed and matched Prado in the Infield..
You could have positioned Davidson as your future 3B, and would have had decent pitching depth with Bauer and Shaw.
Hindsight is always 20/20, yet when you look at the track record of the club trades the last 3 to 4 years, it is abysmal.
The Martin Prado deal comes with a player to be named later, that came with Peter O’Brien
Towers paid the price for doing his job poorly Friday…
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.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Patrick Corbin (7/19/89) SP: (See the Hitters Roster for this tree breakdown.) How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)
Randall Delgado (2/9/90) SP: See the Hitters roster for this tree…How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)
Peter O’Brien (7/15/90) C/1B/3B: Played with AA Mobile for the franchise once he arrived. The Player to be named later we will just see,
David Hernandez (5/13/86) RP; December 6, 2010: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles with Kam Mickolio to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later and Mark Reynolds. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent John Hester (April 30, 2011) to the Baltimore Orioles to complete the trade.
Tony Campana (5/30/86) OF: See this tree in the hitters in the Dbacks dated from June of this year…How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)
Zach Borenstein (7/23/90) OF: Is currently with Reno (AAA)
Joey Krehbiel (12/20/92) RP: Is currently with Visalia (A+) in the California League
For the Tree here visit link below. It shows the Kennedy/Hudson angle to it.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions info.
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Posted on September 5, 2014, in MLB Roster Trees and tagged a.j. pollock, a.j. schugel, aaron hill, Adam Eaton, addison reed, Alberto Gonzalez, Alfredo Marte, arizona diamondbacks, arizona diamondbacks 2014 25 man roster, austin jackson, beltran perez, Bobby Borchering, brad halsey, brandon drury, Brandon Jacobs, brett anderson, bryan shaw, carlos gonzalez, Chase Anderson, chase field, chris carter, chris johnson, Chris Owings, chris young, claudio vargas, cliff pennington, cody ross, collin cowgill, conor robertson, craig breslow, curtis granderson, dan haren, dana eveland, daniel hudson, daniel schlereth, danny muegge, dave krynzel, david hernandez, David Holmberg, David Peralta, diamondbacks lineup projections, didi gregorius, dioner navarro, doug davis, drew stubbs, edwin jackson, Ender Inciarte, eric chavez, erick leal, Eury De La Rosa, evan maclane, Evan Marshall, gerardo parra, greg smith, heath bell, hector santiago, ian kennedy, j.j. putz, jarrod parker, Jason Donald, javier vazquez, jesus castillo, joe saunders, joe thatcher, joey krehbiel, john macdonald, johnny estrada, jordan pacheco, josh collmenter, justin upton, kam mickolio, kelly johnson, kevin towers, kirk gibson, lance cormier, lars anderson, Luis Vizcaino, Marc Krauss, mark reynolds, mark trumbo, martin prado, matt albers, Matt Davidson, matt lindstrom, matt stites, max scherzer, miguel montero, Mike Bolsinger, mobile, nick ahmed, Nick Evans, oakland athletics, oliver perez, orlando hernandez, oscar villareal, Patrick Corbin, paul goldchmidt, phil coke, Rafael Rodriguez, randall delgado, randy johnson, reno aces, Roger Kieschnick, ross ohlendorf, ryan cook, ryan hanigan, scott podsednik, shawn green, shin-soo choo, southern atlantic league, steven jackson, Todd Glaesmann, Tommy John Surgery, tony campana, tony la russa, Tony Sipp, trevor bauer, tyler skaggs, Vidal Nuno, wade miley, Will Harris, william juarez, Yordy Cabrera, yusmeiro petit, zach borenstein, zeke spruill. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.