Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen’s remarks leading up to the MLB 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. That’s not to suggest Arizona anticipates success this August and September. Hazen, in fact, told the Arizona Republic on July 22 that he doesn’t expect his .500 squad to suddenly emerge as World Series challengers.“I don’t think, objectively, that’s a position we should be staking ourselves to,” Hazen said.He didn’t pin himself to that faint hope on Wednesday. Still, his flurry of attention-grabbing deadline moves — geared toward the present and the future — kept the Diamondbacks’ competitive season from becoming a thing of the past. 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 MLB 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-rotation arm known for being able to handle a heavy workload. Arizona will reportedly pay just $6 million of the more than $20 million still owed to him. Gallen, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old with a 2.72 ERA in seven career outings. Each should contribute down the stretch this year.While Chisolm is a consensus top 100 prospect, he’s hitting .204 this year in Jackson. Caballero was not considered a crucial part of Arizona’s system.The Greinke deal may have appeared a contradiction from the Leake and Gallen deals, but in reality, sending their ace to Houston might work out for the Diamondbacks even in the short-term. In the final two months of the regular season, Leake and Gallen could theoretically combine to approach the on-field value of Greinke, who was making more than five times the salary of any of his Arizona teammates at $34.5 million. So far this campaign, Leake and Gallen have produced 3.1 wins above replacement compared with Greinke’s 4.7 bWAR. Gallen did not reach the big leagues until late June, though.MORE: Zack Greinke trade gradesShedding Greinke allows the Diamondbacks increased roster flexibility. They’re no longer on the hook for the full $70 million he’s owed across 2020 and 2021, instead eating $24 million of that total, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. They can reinvest the freed cash toward free agency or player extensions.Perhaps most important for the Arizona, though, is the prospect return it got for its ace. First baseman Seth Beer was Houston’s No. 3 prospect by MLB.com’s rankings. Right-handers J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Josh Rojas came in at No. 22.Each of those players is in Double-A or above right now, a crucial development for the Diamondbacks given their lack of upper-minors talent. They previously buffed up their Single-A ranks with a strong 2019 MLB Draft and had been searching for additional assets closer to MLB. They got those youngsters without conceding the current playoff race.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sharapova clasped her hands to her chest in delight as she absorbed the feeling of winning her 36th tour title and first in more than two years since the 2015 Italian Open.Sharapova, 30, was contesting the seventh tournament of what has been an injury-plagued and controversial comeback since testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in early 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogShe exchanged 11 breaks of serve with the Belarusian, who has yet to win a WTA trophy, before finally clinching it in the tie-breaker when the teenager put a forehand return long.In a tight final of high-decibel shrieking, Sabalenka was broken in the opening game but any expectations that she would roll over quickly dissolved when she won four games in a row to go 4-1 up. Sharapova’s coach Sven Groeneveld urged her to use the body serve, and momentum immediately shifted as she held the next game and then edged a nine-minute game seven to wrestle it back on serve.Sabalenka angrily slammed her racquet down as she double-faulted to be broken for a third time and with Sharapova serving at 6-5, the Belarusian overcooked a forehand to hand over the set.The second set followed a similar pattern and Sabalenka was 5-1 up before Sharapova reeled her in, breaking three times — and saving a set point along the way — before serving for the match at 6-5.But a double fault from the Russian took it to a closely contested tie-break, where Sharapova held championship points four times before finally sealing it after two hours and five minutes.Sharapova, whose ranking has dropped to 86, has been playing on wildcards this season. Her return has proved divisive, with some rivals insisting she shouldn’t be back on tour at all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 14 MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her women’s singles final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZhaoFive-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four championship points in the tie-breaker before beating the 19-year-old 7-5, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson She now heads to next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow for the first time since 2007, after also being given a wildcard to play in what is her home tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set