Outfield excess on commercial block


The Arizona Diamondbacks have an impressive wave of outfield prospects ready to make their mark at the major league level. With Daulton Varsho having started to establish himself at center, Alek Thomas performing well so far and the eventual arrival of Corbin Carroll, the Diamondbacks could soon have some of their future core in place.

It also leaves the Diamondbacks with another problem. They have solid outfield depth, with the likes of David Peralta and Jordan Luplow among other options. But that blocking of the outfielders could lead to an opportunity at the trade deadline.

Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly looking to move outfield surplus

It’s also an opportunity the Diamondbacks realize. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported, general manager Mike Hazen is ready to discuss his depth of field in trade negotiations over the coming weeks.

Peralta is reportedly the most likely Diamondbacks outfielder to be traded. He is in his last season before free agency, and while he was adamant that he wants to stay with the only organization he has ever known, he is also aware of the reality of the situation. Since he’s 35 and the Diamondbacks have this young core coming in, he doesn’t seem to have a role to play going forward.

At the same time, Peralta can also get the most out of their outfield options. He produced a respectable 121 OPS+ with 11 home runs and 16 doubles in his 259 plate appearances entering Friday. Although he is somewhat limited defensively, having only appeared on the left since the start of the 2019 campaign, he is also a former Gold Glove winner, which will only enhance his commercial value.

As for the rest of the Diamondbacks outfielders who might be on the trade block, none of the others are likely to generate much in return. Pavin Smith could have been an attractive candidate to buy low, but his broken wrist essentially ended all speculation on that front.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have an impending block in their outfield. According to reports, they may be looking to move some of that surplus to the deadline.


Comments are closed.