Busy D-backs not slowing with trade talks
Approaching Deadline no deterrent as Dipoto will 'move forward'
NEW YORK -- Having already retooled at the big league level and restocked their Minor League system by trading Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson, the D-backs will continue to work the phones right up until the 1 p.m. MST Trade Deadline on Saturday.
"I continue to move forward on trade talks with other clubs," D-backs interim general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
At this point, it does not look like second baseman Kelly Johnson will be dealt, but that is subject to change should the club get an overwhelming offer prior to the Deadline. Johnson has drawn quite a bit of interest from clubs.
Johnson has proven to be a great pickup by the D-backs, who signed him in December for $2.35 million after he was non-tendered by the Braves.
Johnson was named the National League's Player of the Month for April and went into action Friday hitting .274 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs.
The team would like to deal reliever Chad Qualls and catcher Chris Snyder, though the market for the pair is not very strong.
Snyder, who is due $5.75 million next year including a club option worth $6.75 million for 2012 with a $750,000 buyout, would almost certainly clear waivers and therefore could be dealt during the month of August.
It's been quite a change of direction for the club with regards to Snyder. Following the 2008 season, the club inked him to a contract extension and he appeared to be its catcher going forward.
A back injury, though, sidelined him two months into the 2009 season, and Miguel Montero filled in for him and was so impressive with the bat that Snyder was relegated to a backup role.
Qualls began the year as the team's closer, but has struggled to find any consistency and is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA in 42 games. The right-hander, who makes $4.185 million this year will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
A contender could be interested in picking him up for next to nothing on the off-chance that a change of scenery will help him regain the form he showed during his first two years in Arizona.
Another possible trade chip is first baseman Adam LaRoche, who the club would like to deal, but LaRoche has not garnered an overwhelming amount of interest.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.