Some say, "The best trade is the one you don't make." The Arizona Diamondbacks need to seriously consider this statement before pulling the trigger on a trade involving any of their top, young prospects. The Dbacks are in the middle of a pennant race on the National League West, and have been connected to many rumors involving trades as the July 31st Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches.
In my opinion, the best thing the Dbacks could do this season is to do nothing at all as far as the roster and farm system is concerned. Since their inaugural season in 1998, the Dbacks have been known around the league to have one of the top farm systems, always full of good, young talent. That still holds true today.
I completely understand the Dbacks wanting to go for it all and win a World Series this season. However, it is going to be a challenge to even make the playoffs, let alone win a championship. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a roll since they called up Yasiel Puig, and have surpassed Arizona to take over first place in the division. It looks like those two teams will battle it out to the end of the season. If Arizona does not win the West their chances of grabbing a Wild Card spot are slim to none with the three teams in the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds, dominating all season. If the Dbacks were to pull a trade for a starting or relief pitcher, it would definitely help their chances of winning the division, but baseball analysts such as Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian agree that no one in this year's trade market will push a team to win a World Series. Is that worth giving up some of the Dbacks top prospects? To make the playoffs, only to lose in the division series? I don't think so.
Instead I think the organization should do nothing this season and let time run its course. If you look three years into the future, the Diamondbacks could have one of the top lineups and pitching rotations and Major League Baseball. By Opening Day 2016, prospects like Matt Davidson, Chris Owings, and Archie Bradley (all who have been tearing it up in the minor leagues), should have already gotten their feet wet at the major league level. Combine that with an already strong, young nucleus on the current big league roster and the Dbacks could have a potent lineup.
Here is how I project the Opening Day 2016 Arizona Diamondbacks lineup: 1. Adam Eaton - LF, 2. Chris Owings - 2B, 3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B, 4. Matt Davidson - 3B, 5. Miguel Montero - C, 6. Gerrardo Parra - RF, 7. A.J. Pollock - CF, 8. Didi Gregorius - SS, 9. Archie Bradley - P.
On the bench you'll have the likes of veterans Martin Prado and Aaron Hill to go along with young catcher, Stryker Trahan. This lineup is ideal from top to bottom. Eaton is a prototypical lead off man, and Owings will a lot in nicely to the two spot. We already know what Goldschmidt can bring and by 2016 he may have won a MVP award (or more). Davidson has great power and offers protection behind Goldy. In case you missed it, Davidson won the minor league Home Run Derby and the MVP of the Futures Game this season. Regulars to the current squad in Montero and Parra fit in at five and six, and then you have more speed at the bottom of the order with Pollock and Gregorius. The only player in this lineup that will be over the age of 30? Miguel Montero will be 32 and the rest will all still be growing and hitting their primes.
My pitching rotation looks like this: 1. Archie Bradley, 2. Patrick Corbin, 3. Tyler Skaggs, 4. Randall Delgado, 5. Braden Shipley.
If you are a Dbacks fan and don't know who Archie Bradley is, you need to stop reading and Google him right now. Bradley projects out to be a dominating ace of the pitching staff. Corbin is already having a fantastic season right now and should continue to perform well. Skaggs, and Delgado should both be improved in three years honing in on their talent and potential. Rounding out the rotation is Braden Shipley, who the Dbacks selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. I think he will be ready to pitch in the major leagues by then, but if not you can insert Wade Miley, Charles Brewer, or a young David Holmberg. The kicker to this rotation is that no one will be over 30. Corbin and Delgado will be the oldest at 26.
If you don't know some of the names previously mentioned, I suggest you look them up and get excited about the future. Great things are on the horizon for this organization, and in order to reach that top notch potential the Diamondbacks' executives need to leave the prospects and young players right where they are. The future is as bright as the Arizona sun and jeopardizing it for a (possible) playoff spot this season would be a waste.