PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks were busy sellers at the major league non-waiver trading deadline Thursday, trading regular third baseman Martin Prado and right fielder Gerardo Parra for future help.
The D-backs received power hitting minor league catcher Peter O'Brien from the New York Yankees in exchange for Prado and got minor league outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda from Milwaukee for Parra. Just as importantly, they will end up saving about $33 million in salary through 2016, money they plan to use to restock the starting rotation.
"Probably pitching, pitching, pitching," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said of the offseason target areas, "for us to get back to where we were in '11. We are either going to develop those guys or trade for those guys. I know that Ken (managing partner Kendrick) and Derrick (president/CEO Hall) want to win. I don't see us breaking this thing all the way down. I think we want to get back up to speed more in the short term than the long term."
O'Brien has 33 home runs, third in the minors leagues behind Texas third base prospect Joey Gallo (37) and Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant (34), while playing at two levels this summer, but none of the newcomers are expected in the majors before 2015 at the earliest.
Towers, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and the D-backs' scouts were busy until the Thursday deadline, when the Prado/O'Brien trade was finalized. The D-backs also received a lot of hits on relievers Brad Ziegler and Oliver Perez, Towers said, but nothing good enough to keep them from dismantling a bullpen that looks to be a strength moving forward.
"My only two cents has been, my job is to evaluate our organization and evaluate the big league club," La Russa said. "For us to get better, there are some priorities. You take the areas of strength and you build from them to get to something else.
"I know Kevin has said it, and so has Derrick -- pitching is a big priority. The human cost is a good one, because these guys (Prado and Parra) are high character guys. But when you look at your job, the responsibility is to present a team that contends and hopefully plays in October ... then we have work to do. I really like some of the flexibility that we are going to get financially to move toward areas of need."
The Yankees agreed to take all of the remaining $26 million remaining on Prado's contract through 2016, a selling point the D-backs could not overlook. Parra would have made about $6 million-$7 million in a final year of arbitration in 2015 before possibly going away as a free agent in 2016.
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--3B Martin Prado was traded to the New York Yankees for catching prospect Peter O'Brien, the second time in 18 months Prado has been traded. "It's a business," Prado said. "Things don't always happen the way you want." Prado, the highest-profile pieced obtained in the D-backs' trade with Atlanta before the 2013 season, is hitting .270 with five home runs and 42 RBIs while playing 106 of the D-backs' 108 games.
--C Peter O'Brien was acquired from the New York Yankees for 3B Martin Prado on Thursday. O'Brien is a prospect who has 33 home runs, third in the minor leagues behind Texas prospect Joey Gallo (37) and Cubs prospect Kris Bryant (34).
--RF Gerardo Parra was traded to Milwaukee for two minor leaguers, outfielder Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda. Parra, 27, has spent his entire 10-year pro career in the Arizona organization. "Actually teared up when I had to talk to him in the clubhouse today," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "This is all he's ever known. It's part of the business. Not the fun part. He has been an incredible Diamondback." Parra, who won a Gold Glove in left field in 2011 and in right field in 2013, is hitting .259 with six homers and 30 RBIs.
--OF Mitch Haniger was acquired from the Brewers as part of a trade for RF Gerardo Parra. Haniger, 23, was ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Brewers' system by MLB.com. He was hitting .255 with seven doubles, 10 homers and 34 RBIs at Double-A Huntsville.
--LHP Anthony Banda was acquired from the Brewers as part of a trade for RF Gerardo Parra. The 20-year-old Banda appeared in 20 games (14 starts) for Class A Wisconsin and was 6-6 with two saves and a 3.66 ERA.
--3B Eric Chavez wants to remain in the game in some capacity, he said at his retirement press conference Thursday. He said he was most proud of the six Gold Gloves he won during a 17-year career than included five playoff appearances with Oakland. "The six Gold Gloves probably mean the most," Chavez said. "They said I was an all-hit, no-glove kind of guy." Chavez, on the disablied list since June 9 with a degenerative right knee injury, hit .268 with 260 home runs and 902 RBIs in a 17-year career. "He's a pro in every sense of the word," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said.
--3B Andy Marte hit a pinch-hit home run in his first major league at-bat since Oct. 3, 2010, after he purchased from Triple-A Reno on Thursday to fill the roster spot vacated when 3B Martin Prado was traded to the Yankees. Marte was hitting .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs, leading the Pacific Coast League in batting average.
--OF Roger Kieschnick was promoted from Triple-A Reno for the third time after filling the roster spot of RF Gerardo Parra, who was traded to Milwaukee.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Hopefully these moves, with the players we brought in and the payroll flexibility that we have, will help us start getting back to more like we were in '11 than '12 through '14." -- D-backs general manager Kevin Towers, after the team added three minor league prospects and saved a potential $33 million while trading 3B Martin Prado and RF Gerardo Parra.
--INF Cliff Pennington (partially torn left thumb ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2. He underwent surgery June 4. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 26. He is expected to move to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 2.
--OF Cody Ross (left calf strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 22.
--SS Chris Owings (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 26. An MRI exam July 1 showed no structural damage. As of July 28, Owings was at least three weeks away from taking live batting practice.
--CF A.J. Pollock (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list June 1. He underwent surgery June 2 to repair a fractured fourth metacarpal. He took batting practice July 22. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on Aug. 1.
--RHP Bronson Arroyo (complete tear of right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list June 16. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery July 15.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in June 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 19. He threw breaking balls in a bullpen session May 13, the first time he has spun the ball since returning to the mound in April. He threw a simulated game June 24. He likely will begin a rehab assignment in August with an eye toward returning to the majors in September.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (Tommy John surgery in September 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 1. He threw his first bullpen session June 10. There is no timetable for his return.
--RHP David Hernandez (Tommy John surgery in April 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 14. He will miss the entire season.
--LHP Patrick Corbin (Tommy John surgery in March 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 4. He will miss the entire season.
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