D-backs to comb waiver wire for potential moves

D-backs to comb waiver wire for potential moves

D-backs to comb waiver wire for potential moves
PHOENIX -- D-backs general manager Kevin Towers was pleased with the additions of third baseman Chris Johnson and reliever Matt Albers, but he did not rule out the possibility of further deals.

Players traded after July 31 must clear waivers, but many do and trades are still made. For example, last year, the D-backs acquired second baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop John McDonald after July 31 and both played big roles in the D-backs winning the National League West.

Towers said he expects even more trade activity this year after the Deadline than in the past because of the addition of a second Wild Card team as well as the lack of Draft compensation picks for some players.

"I think you'll see probably some decent players out there that can still be difference-makers," Towers said. "We'll continue to look at the waiver wire, and if there's ways to add, we will."

With the waiver wire working in reverse order in the standings, the fact that the D-backs currently sit in third place in the NL West is actually a benefit.

"Of the contending-type clubs, we're probably getting first crack of all the buyers, so we're probably in better positions than others," Towers said.