Well, I haven't been so let down since The Matrix: Reloaded. In the absence of any major deadline deals today, it's perhaps worth noting that this inaction has largely been the Diamondbacks' modus operandi over the years. While they've made various moves on July 31, none of them have exactly been what you'd call blockbusters, and in most cases, we've been selling rather than buying. Let's go through all the deadline deals made by Arizona since the franchise began
1998: Traded Willie Blair, Jorge Fabregas and cash to the New York Mets for Nelson Figueroa, Bernard Gilkey and cash. So we traded cash to the Mets in exchange for....cash? Ok. Was Bernie Madoff involved in this somehow? Gilkey was a disaster, in part because of eye problems. He cost us about $12 million for basically one season (161 games), and had an OPS+ of 81. Due to deferrals, he's still getting paid, and will be until 2017. This may explain why we've apparently been averse to buying at the deadline ever since.
- 2004: Traded Steve Finley and Brent Mayne to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Reggie Abercrombie, Koyie Hill and Bill Murphy. Obviously, this was us dumping Finley's salary on the Dodgers, since the Diamondbacks weren't going anywhere at all that year, though as a three-month rental, we didn't exactly get back much in return - a back-up catcher and a couple of minor-leaguers, one of whom (Abercrombie) never made it to the big league. However, Murphy did, and was the first player the SnakePit ever interviewed.
- 2005: Received Buddy Groom from the New York Yankees as part of a conditional deal. I'm not sure what the "conditions" attached to the deal were, but it was probably "Please don't tell anyone we just acquired Buddy Groom." He was forty years old at the time, and got to run out his career with the Diamondbacks, throwing 15.1 innings over 23 appearances. Fascinating trivia: Groom still holds the record for most games played without an official plate appearance, at 786. I would like to apologize for my misleading use of the word "fascinating" in the previous sentence.
- 2010: Traded Chad Qualls to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later (Matt Gorgen). Also traded Pedro Ciriaco, Chris Snyder and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for D.J. Carrasco, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby. This was probably the busiest trade-deadline deal, but again, was definitely us looking to shed salary, particularly in the case of Snyder, who had been signed to a misguided long-term contract. None of the players we received in return played for us after that season. Reliever Gorgen was promoted to Reno earlier this month, so we may say still benefit from the 25-year old.
- 2011: Traded Brandon Allen and Jordan Norberto to the Oakland Athletics for Brad Ziegler. With Allen having largely proven to be a bust (both in Oakland and Tampa), this more or less comes down to Norberto for Ziegler, and both have performed decently with their new clubs. Norberto has a lower ERA+ there (111) compared to Ziegler's with us (192), but obviously, he's also earning league-minimum compared to Ziegler's $1.795 million, and is under their control for the foreseeable future. On balance, I think this one has been good for both teams.