The Arizona Diamondbacks are a sinking ship. Barring a swift turnaround it looks like 2014 is already on the verge of being a lost season.
The hiring of Tony La Russa as ‘Chief Baseball Officer’ this past week could signal big changes up and down the organization. Presumably that ax might first fall on general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson, but the Diamondbacks players must also wonder about their future and if they might be involved in some moves to shake things up on the roster.
In his weekly power rankings column ‘The 30,’ Jonah Keri of Grantland suggests that it might make sense for the Diamondbacks to dangle second baseman Aaron Hill in trade talks:
“If the Diamondbacks make him available, second baseman Aaron Hill would immediately become one of the most valuable commodities on the trade market. Hill, who signed an extension last February, is in the first season of a three-year deal that has him making $11 million this year and $12 million in both 2015 and 2016…There’s a long list of contending teams with holes at second base, including Solarte’s Yankees, the A’s, and Hill’s former team, the Blue Jays.”
Hill brings pop offensively that few teams can offer from the keystone sack: injuries cost him some games in 2013, but in 2012 he blasted 26 home runs and drove in 85 RBI.
The upgrade for the Yankees and the Blue Jays if they were to acquire Hill would be so significant it would almost be comical. If the Diamondbacks can gain a nice haul and some payroll flexibility in such a deal this summer, it is absolutely something they should consider.