Arizona Holds and Folds

by Matthew on July 24, 2012

Being the trade deadline is less than seven days away, it’s no surprise that the rumor mill is beginning to brew, and today the Arizona Diamondbacks are front page news.

It appears, that the club has traded right-handed pitcher Barry Enright to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, for a player to be named later or cash considerations according to¬†the team’s Twitter account.

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Enright will no doubt be assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake as he works on his control after going 1-4 with a 7.41 ERA, 2.6 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9, and 5.0 SO/9 in 37.2 innings with the Diamondbacks in 2011.

This season, the 26-year old had improved to 8-6 with a 5.87 ERA, and 1.5 HR/9, but his 4.2 BB/9 in 110.1 innings for the D’Backs Triple-A team at Reno, will need to get better.

So why move Enright? Money.

To keep star right fielder¬†Justin Upton, whom the team announced on Friday, would not be going anywhere, despite rumors that the D’backs were taking phone calls from teams interested in Upton.

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Let’s face it; GMs are always open to at least discussing anyone, regardless if they are actually interested in trading a player.

However, it’s a no-brainer to hang onto Upton, even though he is having a down year.

He has what it takes to be a marquee player and key component from Arizona for years to come.

Last season, he hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 homers, 88 RBI, 105 runs, 39 doubles, five triples, 21 stolen bases and finished fourth in NL MVP voting.

In 2012, he’s still hitting .276/.362/.412 with eight homers and 11 steals.

At 24-years old, Upton still has plenty of time to bounce back.

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