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Snakebytes 6/22: Deja Vu All Over Again

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So the FO made another head scratching trade which sent off one of our top pitching prospects, and we're teetering around the .500 mark. I thought Kevin Towers had left the organization.

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Quotes N Stuff

"His breaking ball was superb today. He was bouncing it, then he used his changeup a lot and located the fastball. So it was a really good job." - Chip Hale on Hellicksons outing

"I'm not very concerned at all. I've just never really tweaked anything in that area and just kind of want to be cautious with it." - Hellickson on a possible injury

"That few moments of losing the focus, throwing to the wrong base, not gripping the ball or throwing accurately and missing the ball in the infield, that little lack of focus can pile on. You put all those together, it is a seven-run inning and you feel pretty (bad about) what could have been." - Pat Murphy on the bad 7 run inning yesterday

That.... Just.... Happened (Yesterday)

Arizona Diamondbacks score 7 runs in 2nd inning, beat Padres - San Diego handed Arizona one big inning, and the Diamondbacks gratefully took full advantage.

Pit Recap

The Most Lopsided Trade In Diamondbacks History News

(To say the Diamondbacks are being crucified by the national press would be an understatement)

As odd as trade looks, don't condemn Diamondbacks just yet - Like most everyone else, I find it perplexing that the Diamondbacks were willing to give up the No. 16 pick in last year's draft, right-hander Touki Toussaint, in what essentially was a salary dump late Saturday night.

MLB writer calls Arizona Diamondbacks' trade 'most inexplicable I have ever seen' - A veteran MLB writer is scratching his head over the Arizona Diamondbacks' trade on Saturday in which the team sent its first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft to the Atlanta Braves.

Making sense of the Diamondbacks/Braves Arroyo/Gosselin/Toussaint trade - The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves made a trade last night, the Snakes sending veteran Bronson Arroyo, his $9.5 million salary, and his Tommy Johned elbow to the Braves for utility infielder Phil Gosselin. And if it stopped there it wouldn't be controversial at all.

Diamondbacks make unpopular, head-scratching trade with Braves - Saturday night, the Diamondbacks and Braves announced a trade that left the masses perplexed. Utility man Phil Gosselin was sent to Arizona for injured starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and pitching prospect Touki Toussaint. With the Braves reportedly picking up the rest of Arroyo's salary, it appears they essentially bought a prospect here.

Braves Win Big by Snagging Toussaint From Diamondbacks - It is hard to make sense of the trade that went down between the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks if you are looking at the deal from Arizona's perspective.

Say hey, baseball: The Diamondbacks made a pretty dumb trade - What the Arizona Diamondbacks decided to do with 2014 first round pick Touki Toussaint is an extreme example of the latter; the trade was extreme to the point where talent evaluators were practically laughing at Arizona general manager Dave Stewart. Stewart chose to trade Touissant, a Top-100 prospect in baseball, in order to get out of paying Bronson Arroyo $9.5 million for the rest of the season.

Other Diamondback News (Sorta)

Most of these other articles still have something about the trade in them.

Brandon Phillips a fit for the Arizona Diamondbacks? - The baseball world is confused with the Arizona Diamondbacks right now. They're coming off a trade that sent Top-100 prospect Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves with Bronson Arroyo in exchange for infielder Philip Gosselin. The apparent motive for Arizona was to move the $10.5-million they'll owe Arroyo through the winter, though moving a promising arm like Toussaint to do so still seemed a bit much.

Bronson Arroyo traded, wishes he gave D-backs more - Bronson Arroyo's tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks came to a close Saturday during their 8-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. The pitcher spoke with a tinge of disappointment when, after the game, he spoke of being traded to the Atlanta Braves.

Oh Look! A Preview! - Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks Preview and Prediction - In the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (30-39) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-39) at Coors Field, Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95 ERA) and Chase Anderson (3-1, 2.84 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and will air on FSN-AZ and ROOT-RM.

BayBears' Guerrero breaks out with blasts - The Double-A Mobile finally got the breakout performance it was waiting for, thanks in part to double-barreled blasts by pedigreed outfielder Gabriel Guerrero.

Diamondbacks Player Spotlight: P Archie Bradley - Is it too much to say the future of the Arizona Diamondbacks rests on Archie Bradley? It's a tall statement, but one that is true.

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