Major League Baseball

Hazen: D-backs’ Deadline strategy is ‘complicated decision’

D-backs general manager Mike Hazen admitted that determining the team’s Trade Deadline direction is going to be a “complicated decision,” according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Coming out of the All-Star break, the D-backs are 46-45 and 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West. On the other hand, Arizona is only 1 1/2 games out in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot, and the club’s expected record based on its run differential is 51-40.

As a result, Hazen is preparing for a number of scenarios. The D-backs could buy, sell or do both. But Hazen doesn’t expect standing pat to be a likely outcome, Piecoro notes.

Hazen pointed to this past offseason — when the D-backs traded longtime franchise face Paul Goldschmidt while acquiring Eduardo Escobar, Adam Jones, Wilmer Flores and Merrill Kelly — as a possible blueprint for the Trade Deadline. The Goldschmidt deal also brought back MLB-ready assets in Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly.

“I don’t think it has to be as drastic as buy/sell,” Hazen said. “Like in this offseason, there may be some creative things we need to do to help us now and in the future and I think those possibilities exist.”

If the club decides to sell, left-hander Robbie Ray, outfielder David Peralta, shortstop Nick Ahmed, corner infielder Jake Lamb and left-hander Andrew Chafin could be moved, though all are under control through 2020. A pair of impending free agents, Jones and closer Greg Holland, may also be shopped. However, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert doesn’t expect Zack Greinke to be dealt.

“Greinke’s name might be thrown around,” Gilbert writes. “But between the roughly $79 million still owed to him over the next two-plus years and his 15-team no-trade clause, it seems like a midseason deal involving him would be too heavy a lift.”

MLB.com

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