It’s inevitable that the Arizona Diamondbacks will be sellers at the trade deadline. With a 20-44 record entering Saturday and their current dead last status in Western Newfoundland, it’s only a matter of time before players become available.
The question of when this happens is all the more relevant. General manager Mike Hazen has bigger things to worry about, as his wife is battling brain cancer. As he is currently on leave to care for his family, Deputy Managing Director Amiel Sawdaye will take over for the foreseeable future.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have several intriguing trade candidates
Sawdaye has been seen as a GM of the future, so this will be a great test. Although the Diamondbacks haven’t had any success in the standings, they have several intriguing pieces that might be of interest to competing teams. While none of these players can immediately make any playoff prospect an immediate favorite, they are still great plays that can make the difference.
Let’s take a look at three players the Arizona Diamondbacks should have on the trading block.
Asdrubal Cabrera may no longer be an All Star, but he’s still a solid player who can fulfill a variety of roles on a contending team.
While he started his career as a shortstop, those days are behind him. He’s usually appeared at third base this season, although he also hung around early. Cabrera has also been a solid second-place option even though he hasn’t appeared in that position since 2019.
A solid contributor with the bat, Cabrera is in the midst of one of his best seasons at the plate. He produced a .264/.365/.432 batting line in his 148 plate appearances on Saturday, hitting four homers and nine doubles. His 118 OPS+ would be the highest mark in any of his full seasons at the majors since he was All Star in 2011.
With his solid offense and ability to occupy several different positions in the infield, Asdrubal Cabrera could be a surprisingly hot commodity at the trade deadline. The Arizona Diamondbacks might have a better trade chip than one would have expected.