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SnakeBytes 7/29: Rays of Sunshine

With the trade deadline fast approaching, Kevin Towers has the tough decision whether to accept this team for what it is, or try and acquire something to help for this stretch run. We'll hear from Kevin about his thoughts for the deadline.

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I wonder if I could stick to the wall?
I wonder if I could stick to the wall?
Christian Petersen


Most clubs are always looking to fortify the bullpen and make it better, as we will. Other than being very right-handed in our bullpen, we have some youth. We have some veterans. We have some guys who have been there before. Still haven't given up on the 25 guys we have right here.

We might be a little bit of a buyer and seller, or we may not do anything. We like the club the way it is now. A lot of our moves were made in the offseason, and that was by choice. Spend some of the available dollars in the winter to bring on some people, knowing that hopefully with no injuries we wouldn't have to do much at the deadline.

Makeup-wise, chemistry-wise, I feel very strongly about the guys we have in that clubhouse. Probably this year more so than some of my prior years here, I don't know how much I really don't want to mess with that. Over the long run, I think these guys will persevere and end up hopefully on top of this division

- Kevin Towers

Diamondbacks Daily

Arizona Diamondbacks suffer shutout loss to the San Diego Padres |
Another strong outing from ace Pat Corbin was spoiled by a stagnant Diamondbacks offense as they were shut out for the third time this season, losing 1-0 to the Padres.

Corbin solid, but offense comes up empty |
When the D-backs began play following the All-Star break on July 19, the club enjoyed a 2 1/2 game lead in the National League West and looked poised to extend that advantage with its next 10 games coming against teams under .500. Now a week and a half later, the standings have flipped completely around as Arizona suddenly finds itself trailing the Dodgers in the division by 2 1/2 games after it finished the favorable stretch just 4-6, with one of the club's toughest losses of the year occurring Sunday afternoon.

D-backs eyeing lefty specialist as deadline nears |
At about 2 a.m. Monday, the Diamondbacks' decision makers will start to gather in their Tampa hotel for what Kevin Towers likes to call the "lighting round," the final few days before the Wednesday trade deadline. Before leaving town Sunday, Towers made it clear that he does not expect major changes as the D-backs prepare for the final two months 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 4 1/2 behind the Reds for the second wild card spot.

Arizona Diamondbacks look to deal before Wednesday's Trade Deadline |
While the D-backs take on the Rays on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Tropicana Field, the Arizona baseball operations staff will be holed up earlier in the day in a suite at the nearby Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club -- working the phones prior to the Trade Deadline.

Arizona Diamondbacks weigh whether to deal or not deal |
On Monday, scouts for the Diamondbacks will converge on Tampa. With the July 31 trade deadline looming and the team in town to face the Tampa Bay Rays beginning Tuesday, Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers doesn’t want to have to call a scout for an opinion.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Pat Corbin short on firepower in arms race |
After the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres combined for 25 runs in the first two games of their weekend series at Chase Field, a pitching duel was probably the most unlikely scenario on Sunday.

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Fans Eat Free for All August Games at Miller Park |
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Those socks are really cheap!