The Arizona Diamondbacks are preparing to be aggressive between now and the July 31st trade deadline. The “fire sale” words have been bandied about and it would seem that almost any player not named Paul Goldschmidt is available for trade considerations.
That might not necessarily be the case though. Given the expectations of the last few seasons and the talent that is on the roster, the Diamondbacks might view themselves as a candidate for a fast turnaround in 2015 and beyond. Whether that is an accurate assessment or not might be debatable, but it is worth noting because the front office will then identify certain players they want to keep on the roster to ease the transition or accelerate the rebuilding process.
Outfielder Gerardo Parra might be among the least likely Diamondbacks to be traded.
…Third baseman Martin Prado, earning $11 million per season through 2016, is another player the D-Backs might prefer to keep.
Prado, 30, has been an offensive disappointment in his two seasons with the D-Backs, but club officials believe he puts too much pressure on himself and value his intangible qualities.
Rosenthal also notes that Prado would be the more likely of the two to actually get a significant return in a trade because Parra’s skill set is somewhat limited. As for Prado, what makes him appealing to a contender also makes the Diamondbacks want to keep him. Having a veteran presence can be hugely beneficial when an organization is preparing for an influx of young talent, and so it sounds like Prado will remain with the struggling Diamondbacks.