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Snake Bytes 8/1: Trade Deadline Twister

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The Diamondbacks made some shocking trades, but reviews are positive.

Diamondbacks News:

D-backs trade Zack Greinke for “big-time prospect haul.”

Greinke, still owed $77 million, was traded to the Astros for three top 5 prospects, Beer, Bakauskas, Martin (recent TJ) and the #22 prospect in the Astros system, Rojas. The Astros will pay $53 million of Greinke’s remaining contract as well.

D-backs get Gallen from Fish, Leake from M’s.

The D-backs traded Jazz Chisolm, their #1 draft pick, to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Zac Gallen.

The D-backs traded high A infielder Jose Caballero to Seattle for starting pitcher Mike Leake.

Braves to acquire John Ryan Murphy for cash.

A depth move to safeguard against injuries to Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers down the stretch — and possibly to roster a third catcher in September. Pour out a lil liquor for Rockkstarr.

Mike Hazen cracks Jerry DiPoto joke about trade deadline moves.

“I didn’t start out today hoping to channel Jerry Dipoto as my spirit animal, but somehow we sort of ended up there,” Hazen said, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

D-backs earn high praise after Grienke trade.

They’re acquiring four prospects from a loaded farm system, three of them in the top five; this includes Beer (anyone thirsty?), who could develop into a legitimate power threat and Martin (out this season with Tommy John), who could develop into a quality starter.”

Poll

D-backs trade deadline moves were....

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Smart! All moves point toward a better future.
    (140 votes)
  • 17%
    So-so. Sure we added two starters, but at what cost? I am still on the fence.
    (32 votes)
  • 4%
    Bad! Why did you trade Greinke and our #1 draft pick?
    (9 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now

Around Baseball:

Ranking every 2019 trade deadline deals.

So many last second deals, MLB.com breaks it down for us and ranks every trade.

Updated post-deadline 2019 MLB postseason predictions.

Here’s my 2019 postseason prediction: The Houston Astros win it all, destroying Dodger-evil once again in the World Series.

MLB executives on the trade deadline.

“When [Trevor] Bauer was traded, you figured he would probably be the biggest starter to go,” one executive said. “Some might think Bauer is better than Greinke, but you can’t deny that Greinke will be a much bigger factor in this year’s playoff race.”

Who TF thinks that Bauer is better than Greinke? A better rapper, maybe.

Off Topic Snake News:

18 foot ‘Monster’ named winner of Australian park’s Battle of the Snakes.

...the 2019 winner, weighing in at 134 pounds and 18 feet long. Reticulated pythons, the world’s largest species of snake as well as one of the few snakes to be considered true man-eaters...