How did you rate the D-backs trade deadline moves?
Considering the team got rid of its best pitcher at the deadline, that’s quite a resounding vote of confidence. I suspect that most fans tended to agree with the common opinion that Zack Greinke was close to “untradeable,” given his contract and no-trade list - at least, not without the team paying for the bulk of his salary. So, for Mike Hazen to get out from under the great majority of the contract AND get back a number of potentially interesting players in return, felt akin to sorcery. Conversely, they picked up a serviceable journeyman in Mike Leake for only a small fraction of his salary. Finally, he addressed starting pitching, seen as the most essential area of need pre-deadline, by picking up Zac Gallen.
All told, 94% of respondents rated the moves overall as “good” or “great”. And don’t forget, this poll was taken before the first starts of both Gallen and Greinke with their new teams, which were about as divergent as possible. Really, about the only way things could have gone better for Arizona, would have been if Hazen had managed to convince someone to pick up Yasmany Tomas. Which reminds me of the following old joke, easily repurposed to our needs here.
Mike Hazen was walking by Chase Field and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it, and out pops a genie. The genie said, “OK, You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month, and I’m getting a little sick of this, so you can forget about three wishes... You only get one!”
Our GM pondered for a while and said, “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I’m scared to fly, and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge so I can drive over there to visit?” The genie laughed and said, “That’s impossible!!! Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete -- how much steel!! No, think of another wish.”
Mike said, “OK, I wish that we could trade Yasmany Tomas to another team, and get them to take all of his salary.”
And the genie replies, “Do you want two lanes or four?”
Are you confident in the direction of the team: 69% Yes
Do you approve of the job Torey Lovullo is doing as manager? 77% Yes
A sharp rebound in results for both categories here. In particular, team direction confidence more than doubled in just a week, going from 33% to 69%. That increase of +36 was the second-largest on the year, trailing only week 3’s +46 (33% to 79%). As well as the trade deadline, I think being able to beat both Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin over the weekend was a real boost. Team confidence is the highest since week 13, seven weeks ago. Torey also got an uptick, increasing from 55%, a five-week high for him. The series victory over the Phillies may well help sustain these numbers, but let’s first see what happens in the upcoming series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles...