Why the Diamondbacks traded for Leake, Gallen but parted with Greinke at deadline

null Baseball Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen’s remarks leading up to the trade deadline proved prophetic in light of the deals he executed Wednesday.He had hinted that his organization would be part buyer, part seller, but it was unclear what such a strategy would entail. Arizona has hovered around .500 most of the season, and it occupied a strange place as it approached July 31 — not a clear wild card contender but also positioned to delay an extensive rebuild. Hazen did not view his in-between position negatively.“Like in (the) offseason, there may be some creative things we need to do to help us now and in the future,” Hazen told the Arizona Republic on July 10. “I think those possibilities exist.” MORE: How to watch “ChangeUp,” an whiparound show, for free on DAZNThe Diamondbacks acquired two starters — a veteran and a rookie — without significantly eroding their minor league system. Then they offloaded right-hander Zack Greinke’s massive contract to the Astros and got several high-level prospects in return. As a result, they kept themselves in the 2019 playoff race while bolstering their farm.Arizona netted Mike Leake from the Mariners for prospect Jose Caballero, and it added promising rookie right-hander Zac Gallen from the Marlins for Double-A shortstop Jazz Chisholm. Leake (4.40 ERA) is a sturdy middle-[......]

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