MLB Trade Deadline: Diamondbacks get relief help from North-Sidersby Fabian Ardaya on Jul. 29, 2013, under Arizona Diamondbacks
As the trade deadline nears, TC Arizona Sports is looking at deals that could help the Diamondbacks as they look to make their push to the playoffs. Every day up until the 31st, we will bring you a deal that could help the team contend for the NL West title. Could one of the Cubs’ relievers stabilize the D-Backs bullpen?
THE TRADE: Arizona Diamondbacks trade RHP Evan Marshall (AAA) and RHP Jake Barrett (AA) to the Chicago Cubs for LHP James Russell
Going into the deadline, the Diamondbacks have a couple of spots they could look at improving, particularly in the bullpen. Kevin Towers has apparently set his sights on gaining a lefty specialist instead of going for a major trade:
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A pitcher who definitely fits the bill would be Cubs lefty James Russell, who has thrived in a setup role for the North-Siders to closer Kevin Gregg in one of the most solid bullpen back ends in all of baseball. Russell definitely has an impressive stat line:
51 G, 1-2, 2.68 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 29 Ks, 13 BB, 0 SV, 17 HLD, 6 BLSV, .179 BA vs. LH, .328 BA vs. RH
These numbers are quite impressive, especially when compared with the Diamondbacks’ current lefty specialist, Tony Sipp:
45 G, 3-1, 4.20 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 35 Ks, 15 BB, 0 SV, 1 HLD, 2 BLSV, .263 BA vs. LH, .203 BA vs. RH
Having Russell would be a great piece, but the Diamondbacks will have to give up two solid prospects to get him. While they avoid trading a Tyler Skaggs or Archie Bradley type of prospect, both Marshall and Barrett could be great pitching prospects for the future.
So why give up two pitchers and not a position player like Matt Davidson, Chris Owings, or Stryker Trahan? First of all, the Cubs look pretty set for the future in terms of position players, with Starlin Castro becoming the face of the franchise alongside outfielder Junior Lake and the recently acquired third baseman Mike Olt. While they do have solid starters in Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94 ERA) and Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79 ERA), they still are missing a few more arms for the future. Also, there’s almost no way that the Diamondbacks give up either Davidson, Owings, or Trahan unless it is a blockbuster deal.
However, Marshall and Barrett are no slouches. Here are the numbers:
Evan Marshall (AAA Reno, Pacific Coast League): 40 G, 3-5, 4.12 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 45 Ks, 26 BB, .324 BAA, 3 SV
Jake Barrett (Between A Visalia and AA Mobile): 39 G, 3-2, 1.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 40 Ks, 11 BB, .201 BAA, 20 SV
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