3 Diamondbacks Most Likely to Be Dealt at the Trade Deadline
The 2022 MLB season hasn't gone as smooth as Arizona Diamondbacks fans would've liked. Their team is 30-39 and 8.5 games back of the National League's final wild card spot. Even with more than half the campaign left to go, all signs point to the D-Backs' fifth straight postseason absence.
If the Diamondbacks are sellers ahead of this year's trade deadline, the good news is that they have multiple players that could net a decent return. If they can maximize the value of each trade chip when it comes to future returns, brighter days could be in the forecast for Arizona.
The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 2, and these three Diamondbacks are the most likely to be moved.
Diamondbacks Trade Rumors
1. David Peralta, LF
Contenders love adding proven veterans to their lineup and that's what David Peralta brings to the table. His playoff resume is lacking, but the 34-year-old leftfielder makes up for it with his 106 home runs and 454 RBIs in 935 career games. He might not be the All-Star that he once was, but Peralta still has already matched last year's HR total (8) in 89 fewer games, recording 27 RBIs with a .433 slugging percentage. He'd be the perfect bench bat that could fill in for injuries or even at designated hitter when needed. Furthermore, he's an upcoming free agent, so the Diamondbacks' asking price likely wouldn't be that high.
2. Ian Kennedy, RP
Another veteran who's ready to hit free agency, Ian Kennedy is a decent trade target for a team looking to bolster the bullpen. The Huntington Beach native is 3-4 in 29 relief appearances thus far, pitching to a 3.55 ERA while also striking out 23 batters over 25.1 innings. His recent play has only boosted his trade value, giving up only 19 hits and five earned runs over his last 19 appearances. Even though Kennedy only has two playoff games under his belt, he's still a reliable reliever that can get his team out of some jams. Barring any injury-related issues, it'd be shocking if he ends the season in Arizona.
3. Zach Davies, SP
ESPN MLB insider Bradford Doolittle spoke last week about how the Diamondbacks would be willing to entertain offers regarding starting pitcher Zach Davies. After a poor 2021 campaign with the Chicago Cubs, Davies has bounced back, improving his ERA from 5.78 last year to 3.96 this time around. The 29-year-old piece could be a decent No. 4/5 pitcher on a contending rotation, proving that he has the ability to eat at least five or six innings more often than not. Given that he'll also be a free agent this offseason, teams wouldn't need to worry about blowing up their prospect system to acquire him.
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