The other evening was not a pleasant one for Stephen Drew, the Arizona Diamondbacks or people who don’t like seeing mangled ankles and feet pointing in wrong directions. However, the ramifications of Drew’s somewhat gruesome injury extend beyond the measures of bad taste. The Diamondbacks, believe it or not, are in the midst of a playoff race, and a lack of Stephen Drew on their roster leaves a gaping hole at shortstop.
As much as the team may hope that calling up Cody Ransom or giving more playing time to Willie Bloomquist will help them bridge the gap between the NL West leading San Francisco Giants (4 games) or the NL Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves (5 games), the truth is that they won’t. Not helping matters at all is that the Baltimore Orioles have already inked J.J. Hardy to a contract extension, meaning he’s suddenly off the trading block, and the New York Mets, by most accounts, are unwilling to move NL MVP candidate Jose Reyes. While there’s never a good time for an injury, Drew’s broken ankle came at a particularly bad moment.
Or did it?
Perhaps this is something of a blessing in disguise for the Arizona Diamondbacks and their already depleted farm system. Instead of having to mortgage the future in a quite possibly failing attempt to catch the teams in front of them, the organization can use the Drew injury and the lack of trade targets available to justify standing pat.
It would be nice if the team could actually become something of sellers at the trade deadline, but I don’t know who they’d a) be interested in giving up or b) get any value for.
The team’s second baseman, Kelly Johnson, is probably the most likely trade candidate, as he’s about to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season and could represent an up the middle upgrade to several National League contenders. However, Johnson, despite a rough season this year, still ranks as a Type A free agent, meaning that any interested team would have to be willing to give up at least the equivalent of a first round draft pick and a supplemental pick.
No one really expected the Diamondbacks to compete this season and with the loss of Stephen Drew, maybe it’s best if Arizona just accepts fate and move on. They’ve got a great, young and very affordable pitching staff that’s going to be good for a long time, why not build on this season instead of selling its foundation to reach higher?
Here’s Drew’s injury from Wednesday night:
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