Diamondbacks look to future with deadline trades

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping a pair of deadline-day trades will pay off down the road.

Last-place Arizona parted with a couple of popular veterans Thursday, trading outfielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee and third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees. But the Diamondbacks received outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda in the deal with the Brewers, and got minor league catcher Peter O'Brien in the Prado deal.

Arizona also saved money in the trades, which could provide for the rest of the season and over the winter. Prado was in the second season of a $40 million, four-year contract.

"Projected revenue will be discussed next month," general manager Kevin Towers said before Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. "For us to contend, we'll really have to get our pitching up to speed. You have to have those big horses at the top (of the starting rotation)."

The Diamondbacks also will receive a player to be named or cash from the Yankees in the deal that was completed before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. The 24-year-old O'Brien has 33 homers and 70 RBIs in two minor league stops this season and played in the All-Star Futures Game this summer.

Arizona saw Haniger in the Arizona Fall League last year and was interested in him heading into the 2012 draft.

"Probably profiles more of a corner outfielder, although he's played center," Towers said. "Offensive player. Speed's probably the lowest grade we have on him, but plus arm, plus power, plus hitter."

The 23-year-old Haniger was playing for Double-A Huntsville. He was Milwaukee's No. 3 prospect, according to Baseball America. He was hitting .255 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

Towers said Arizona's scouts feel the 20-year-old Banda is a couple of years away from contending for a spot in the middle of the team's starting rotation. Their reports say he throws his fastball at around 90 to 92 miles per hour with the ability for that velocity to go up.

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