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Snakebytes 12/15: Hot Stove Still On But Cooling

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Scherzer and Shields still in play for Diamondbacks.

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One team that could be willing to bite is the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to AZCentral.com's Nick Piecoro, the Diamondbacks are mulling over a pursuit of James Shields or Max Scherzer.

Miguel Montero Trade a Step in the Right Direction for Arizona Diamondbacks

Earlier this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded catcher Miguel Montero to the Chicago Cubs for two pitching prospects, Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley. Montero, a huge fan favorite and previously the longest tenured Diamondback, struggled this past season after signing a contract extension. Even though Montero was productive, knocking in 72 runs and hitting 13 home runs, Montero only hit .243.

Arizona Diamondbacks Expected To Be Active On The Pitching Market

The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off a very bad season and they finished with an MLB-worst 64-98 record in 2014. This generated plenty of changes on their Front Office and there were several players traded to start a rebuilding effort so elements like Miguel Montero and Didi Gregorius were packed for prospects in an effort to go younger with the sight on the future.

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Just Because

Editorial:  Personally, I'm happy to see Dave Stewart make some moves and they weren't totally out from the proverbial left field.  I can't say any of the trades excite me, but they don't make me feel like popping some Xanax either.  A little dead weight has been shed, but obviously not all.  Afterall, who is going to take a contract like Cody Ross, Trevor Cahill, or Aaron Hill off our hands?

I can't say the Wade Miley trade made me all that happy either.  A somewhat proven 2-3rd rotation guy was traded for potentially a 2-3 rotation guy for a little less money in the short term.  It almost screams more of a "We're changing the culture" move than one of payroll clearing or a blockbuster trade for "that guy" who's going to anchor the team.

All in all, I'm going to state the obvious.  We'll just have to see.  But at least that's better than how we felt about the KT trade mentality.