June 27, 2012
What the Contenders Need
With a little over a month to go until the non-waiver trading deadline, talks between teams are heating up. In a seven-part series appearing over the coming week, several BP authors will be covering the needs, potential fits, and more for the contenders in each division and wrapping up with a look at the top 10 player trade targets. Today, we get things started with a look at the NL West.
The D-Backs have eight players signed for 2013 at a cost of $50.75 million. Shortstop Stephen Drew’s deal includes a $10 million mutual option for next season, and Arizona holds a $6.5 million option on J.J. Putz. With Ian Kennedy and Ryan Roberts among six arbitration-eligibles, Arizona could face a financial crunch if the team’s payroll remains in the $75 million range, as it has for three of the past four seasons.—Jeff Euston