Our bullpen is so strong right now, even with the young pitchers and (other teams) know that, they know we have a lot of veterans as well," Hall told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. "I think teams that are having difficulties with their bullpen, they're going be looking at us. A lot of teams are wanting to come to us and look for bullpen and relief help, and I think we're going to be very active in that category within the next five days."
- Derrick Hall
The Diamondbacks have considered using a six-man starting rotation as the season winds down, manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday. The move, if implemented, would seem to make a lot of sense.
According to ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian, D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra could be an enticing piece on the market for a team that wants to get better right away.
When Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo attempted to steal second base with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday, it appeared obvious he did so safely. Yet Trumbo was called out. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson charged onto the field to challenge the ruling, and it took replay officials in New York 122 seconds to overturn the ruling. It took Allen Campbell less than 10 seconds to know the D-backs would win the challenge.
He's still sore, and he's sporting a big ugly bruise on his chest, but reliever Brad Ziegler seemed no worse for wear a day after getting drilled in the ribs by a line drive off the bat of Detroit's Victor Martinez.
As the July 31 trade deadline gets closer and closer, activity is likely to increase, with the D-backs probably ready to move some pieces. According to team president and CEO Derrick Hall, that may mean reshaping the 'pen.
Joe Garagiola will make history this week. When Garagiola is installed as the winner of the Buck O'Neil award at the Hall of Fame ceremonies Sunday, he will be the first man honored twice by the Hall. He used to joke that the only way he would get to the Hall was to buy a ticket. Now people buy tickets to see him, and they must make two stops.
Looking to bolster their offense for a playoff push over the final nine weeks of the season, the Mariners added a familiar bat on Thursday when they acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Twins in exchange for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.