This Team Needs to Step Up as the Deadline Approaches

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by: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

The biggest fish of this year’s trade deadline is off of the market. Now, what should we expect during the next week?

The Los Angeles Dodgers scooped up Manny Machado, but that doesn’t mean that the remainder of July should be quiet. Let me give you one team that needs to step it up in a big way before August.

The easy answer here would be to say the New York Yankees. The Bombers need to add a front-end pitcher to compete with the likes of the reigning champion Houston Astros and their divisional rival Boston Red Sox.

The Yanks are currently 6 games back in the American League East, but even if they stood pat (which I don’t think they are going to do) there is still a very good chance they make the postseason. Their 63 wins are currently third in the majors.

Because of that, the Yankees are not my pick as the team that needs to step up the most.

That honor goes to a team from the desert that is now looking up at the aforementioned Dodgers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks.

At 55-46 on the season, the D-backs are 1.5 games behind the Dodgers who just added some serious star power to their line-up. What can Arizona do to keep pace?

For starters they could go after, no pun intended, a starting pitcher. 

If you take out Clay Buchholz who has appeared in only seven games, Arizona has one rotation member not named Zack Greinke with a sub 4.00 ERA. That would be Patrick Corbin.

When the calendar hits October it becomes all about pitching. If Arizona really wants to make a splash that rivals the Dodgers acquisition of Machado, a player the Diamondbacks were said to be interested in, the team could look to Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

OTPB's Rich Daniels broke down exactly what deGrom could bring to a contender in this piece last week.

Greinke and deGrom would make for a fearsome 1a-1b combination. It would be a duo that could carry the team into a World Series.

Another all-in move would be to go after Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

The All-Star catcher is slashing .303/.356/.521 for a clearly rebuilding Miami squad. Those numbers are head and shoulders above the performance Arizona is getting out of John Ryan Murphy, Alex Avila, and Jeff Mathis

Third base could be another spot for the Diamondbacks to look to upgrade as Jake Lamb is slashing a miserable .223/.309/.351.

Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas and his 19 HRs on the season would bring solid power with good defense to the Arizona infield. Moose is currently sporting a .247/.309/.460 line while having racked up 2.0 WAR on the season.

Another potential fit at the hot corner could be Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. A move for Beltre would be purely about 2018 as he will be going into his age 40-season next year. I think the Diamondbacks would look to make moves that impact the immediate and longer-term outlook of the franchise in an attempt to keep pace with LA.

Arizona, I’m looking squarely at you.

The Dodgers have laid done the challenge, the question is will you step up to answer it?

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