When the season opened the Arizona Diamondbacks knew they’d likely have a difficult time keeping pace with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. They did however expect to be competitive.
That hasn’t worked out so well though as the D’Backs currently sit 13.5 games out of first place with a sub-par 44-58 record. Needless to say they’ll be sellers come the trade deadline and are likely to shop veteran talents like Aaron Hill and Martin Prado. It just so happens that the Washington Nationals may have interest in one of the said players, especially with Ryan Zimmerman heading to the disabled list with an injury.
Martin Prado and Aaron Hill, both of whom Williams coached with the Arizona Diamondbacks, would fit the Nationals’ needs. An excellent defender and an all-star in 2009, Hill owns a paltry .664 on-base-plus-slugging percentage this season. But he’s also come out of the all-star break hot, going 8 for 19 with a homer and two doubles.
Given the familiarity both Prado and Hill have with Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, they both seem like a fit – especially given that Anthony Rendon could move to third base to make things easier on defense. Of course, both Martin Prado and Aaron Hill have less than exciting contracts as Prado will make $11 million dollars in each of the next two seasons, Hill nearly $12 million.
Considering that, it’s likely that the Arizona Diamondbacks would be on the hook for a portion of their salary if a trade with the Washington Nationals was to happen.