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SnakeBytes 8/1: Trade Deadline Aftermath

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Boy what a trade deadline that was. David Price, Jon Lester, Martin Prado and multiple others switched teams on Thursday. The D-backs were also active, although not nearly as active as most thought they would be. We'll see how the August deadline goes.

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Quotables

We'd like to do those type of celebrations [when we] win a world championship.

- Kirk Gibson after coming in drenched in beer for his post-game press conference

That's been my trouble this whole year, giving up home runs. But otherwise, if I don't give up home runs, it'll be a really close game. It could be a 1-0 ballgame.

- Vidal Nuno on his homer struggles

If you look at all the injuries I had, it's a miracle that I played for 17 years. I've honestly been thinking about it for the last three years. Every offseason, after the season had ended, I went back home and kind of had evaluated where I was at mentally and physically, and I knew that if I got the itch to start working out and preparing myself for the next season, I probably was going to play.

- Eric Chavez

Daily D-backs

Marte homers in MLB return; Gibby sets wins mark | MLB.com
After trading away two everyday starters for a trio of prospects, the D-backs planned to move forward this season with what general manager Kevin Towers called "internal options." One of those options, Andy Marte, powered the D-backs to a series-opening 7-4 win against the Pirates just hours after joining the team.

Nuno looks to corral long ball against Pirates | MLB.com
Vidal Nuno has changed teams, coasts and leagues, but he can't escape the long ball. Nuno will take the mound Friday night against Pittsburgh having given up 19 home runs this season, tied for sixth-most in the Majors. After seven shutout innings in his D-backs debut, Nuno has given up four homers in his past three starts.

Diamondbacks' Trade Deadline deals bring in prospects, free up salary | dbacks.com
The D-backs accomplished a couple of objectives Thursday when they dealt veterans Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra just ahead of the Trade Deadline. First, the D-backs acquired a trio of prospects they like, and second, they gave themselves some financial flexibility for 2015 and beyond.

Martin Prado traded to Yankees for catching prospect Peter O'Brien | dbacks.com
The D-backs traded third baseman Martin Prado to the Yankees on Thursday in exchange for catching prospect Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later or cash.

D-backs acquire Mitch Haniger, Anthony Banda for Gerardo Parra | dbacks.com
The D-backs acquired Minor League outfielder Mitch Haniger and Minor League left-hander Anthony Banda on Thursday from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Gerardo Parra.

D-backs newcomer O'Brien equipped with Goldy power | FOX Sports
Catcher Peter O'Brien, acquired from the New York Yankees for infielder Martin Prado, has 33 home runs in two minor league levels this season. He will report to Double-A Mobile.

D-backs to go after 'pitching, pitching, pitching' | FOX Sports
The Diamondbacks like the three minor league prospects they received in the "lightning round" hours just before the nonwaiver trade deadline ended Thursday afternoon. They love the money they saved.

Chavez retires rather than push ailing knee | dbacks.com
Eric Chavez officially announced the end of his career in Phoenix after 17 years in the Major Leagues with the A's, Yankees and D-backs. A knee injury had relegated him to a part-time role, and he rarely saw the field. But when he did, he still provided the solid defense that led to him winning six Gold Glove Awards at third base.

Around the MLB

Brewers Bet on a Different Sort of Regression | FanGraphs Baseball
Assuming Parra’s still a good defensive outfielder, then he has value, and he improves a Brewers team that’s still fighting for its life. At the plate, he’s weakest against lefties, but as it works out, Parra’s left-handed and Davis is right-handed so we could have the makings here of something of a platoon. At least, Parra’s a fourth outfielder and defensive replacement, and few teams have a guy with such a great standout skill available on the bench.

Yankees Gain Flexibility in Landing Prado, Drew | FanGraphs Baseball
Of course, the most interesting part of this deal is which Martin Prado are the Yankees getting? There’s a big difference between the .345 wOBA version of Prado and the current .305 wOBA incarnation. Either way, they are unlikely to miss prospect Peter O’Brien, who despite hitting some impressive home runs, was unlikely to find much time behind the plate for the Yankees — if he can even remain behind the plate. O’Brien has played some first base and right field this year, and it’s unclear exactly where he will fit with the Dbacks, if and when he reaches the majors.