Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

The 2014 MLB season has reached July, and as one of the only teams out of playoff contention at this point in the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks could look at trading away some pieces in order to build for the future.

During the past offseason, the Diamondbacks envisioned themselves contending this year. They pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire Mark Trumbo and signed veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Neither acquisition has performed the way the team had hoped, and both players are currently on the disabled list.

Now, Arizona has to work on building for the future. The team is well out of contention in both the National League West and the wild-card races. This season certainly didn't go the way the team had planned, but now there is only one thing to do.

The Diamondbacks have some assets that they can deal at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They could use pitching and outfield depth in return for their pieces. If more teams don't start falling out of contention, Arizona could be able to control the market a bit.

Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Diamondbacks are involved in, or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

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Vin Scully Does Play-by-Play for Dodgers’ ‘Hot Foot’ Prank on Scott Van Slyke

You know things are going well when teammates are pranking each other during games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing good baseball right now and have already overcome an early-season deficit in the National League West. That means the players are loose enough that they can have some fun in the dugout.

As the Dodgers were closing in on a tie for first place in the division Sunday, the team pulled off the classic "hot foot" prank on outfielder Scott Van Slyke. To make this prank even better, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was on the call:

Most of the guys in the dugout, including Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, were able to get a laugh at Van Slyke's expense.

[MLB.com, h/t HardballTalk]

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Toddler Fan Turns Pirates’ Poster Giveaway into a Chew Toy

The life of an infant is simple.

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave away Neil Walker posters to fans at PNC Park on Sunday. Most fans probably made sure that nothing happened to their poster, so they could put it up on their wall when they got home.

Protecting the poster is a little tougher to do when you have a young child at the game with you.

This child looked perfectly content to sit there and just use the poster as a chew toy. The poster kept the kid more engaged than the game between the Pirates and the New York Mets, which shows just how great it is to be that young.

[MLB.com]

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Mets’ Bartolo Colon Loses Helmet Twice During At-Bat Against Pirates

Bartolo Colon may be 41 years old, but he swings as hard as a rookie looking to show that he belongs in the majors.

The New York Mets pitcher has had his fair share of funny moments in 2014, including losing his helmet on a big swing early in the season. Let's just say that Colon switching back from the American League to the National League over the offseason has been a real treat for fans.

On Sunday, Colon was back at it. The pitcher had a tough time keeping his helmet on his head on back-to-back pitches from the Pittsburgh Pirates' Edinson Volquez:

It's safe to say he doesn't get cheated at the plate.

It was a tough day for Colon. Not only did he struggle to make contact at the plate, but he also took the loss in the game, as he allowed five runs over six innings.

[MLB.com]

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James Harden Throws Out 1st Pitch Before Tigers-Astros Game

James Harden is a star athlete in Houston, but it looks like he picked the right sport.

Harden had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers-Houston Astros game on Sunday. There have been some pretty terrible first pitches this season, but he made sure that he didn't join that list.

It looks like the umpire may have given the Houston Rockets star a generous strike zone. 

Although Harden's first pitch was a bit high, he certainly didn't embarrass himself.

[MLB.com]

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Umpire Joe West Gets Drilled by a Foul Liner, Shows His Toughness by Flexing

Say what you want about Joe West, but the veteran umpire is one tough guy.

West got drilled in the chest by a liner in foul territory while working as the first-base umpire during Tuesday's Oakland A's-New York Mets game. As the attention turned to him, he flexed to let everyone know that he was strong enough to take it.

West was able to get a good laugh out of the situation and continued to umpire.

[MLB, h/t Deadspin]

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Miguel Cabrera Congratulates Adrian Beltre on Hit No. 2,500 by Rubbing His Head

Even when Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre reaches a milestone, people still want to mess with him. 

It's no secret that Beltre doesn't like when people touch his head. Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera is well aware of that fact, having patted the Dominican when the teams met earlier this season.

However, when Detroit visited Arlington on Tuesday, Cabrera was back at it.

Beltre had just picked up the 2,500th hit of his career, which meant he was about to receive a standing ovation from the crowd. When he took off his helmet to salute the supporters, Cabrera took the opportunity to mess with his pal.

Of course, Beltre didn't let it go unpunished. The Rangers third baseman gave the Tigers first baseman a little tap below the belt to even the score.

[MLB.com, h/t Larry Brown Sports

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Tony Gwynn Jr. Receives Standing Ovation in First Game Since Father’s Passing

Philadelphia fans often get a bad rap for being too hard on players, but the fans at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night made sure that Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. felt loved in his first game back since his father, Tony Gwynn, passed away last week.

Gwynn Jr. was sent up to pinch hit in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. As Gwynn Jr. got ready to step into the batter's box, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went out to the mound so Phillies fans could give one of their own a standing ovation:

Great move by the fans and by Salty.

On Wednesday morning, Gwynn Jr. let the fans know that he appreciated the gesture: 

[MLB.com, Tony Gwynn Jr.]

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Second-Half Predictions for Every Cincinnati Reds Player

It only took until June, but the Cincinnati Reds are finally healthy. Now that they are, fans should expect some big things out of the team's star players.

The first half of Cincinnati's 2014 season has been plagued by numerous injuries. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Mat Latos have all missed time with injuries this season, and they are still working their way to get back to producing up to their capabilities. 

It should come as no surprise that the Reds have started to play better since getting healthy. They have been able to battle to get over .500 for the first time all year, and as everyone begins to get into a groove, they should be able to make a serious run at the postseason.

No matter how the first half went, each player will get a chance to finish the season on a good note with a strong second half. 

Due to recent roster moves, it's unclear who the 25th man on the roster will be moving forward. Note that only 24 players are on this list because they are the only ones who are projected to be a part of the team for most of the second half, barring injuries.

Keep reading to see projections for each Reds player in the second half of the 2014 season. 

*All stats are via MLB.com

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17-Year-Old Female Knuckleballer Throws Batting Practice to Tampa Bay Rays

If the Tampa Bay Rays have a hard time making contact against Chelsea Baker's knuckleball, there's a good chance that her male high school opponents don't stand much of a chance.

The 17-year-old Durant High School (Plant City, Florida) pitcher took her knuckleball—which the late Joe Niekro taught her—to Tropicana Field on Monday. The Rays' Evan Longoria, Jose Molina and David Price each stepped into the batter's box against Baker, who threw a mix of knuckleballs and fastballs.

Not only did Baker fool the Tampa Bay hitters, but she also became the youngest woman to ever throw MLB batting practice.

[MLB.com, h/t Next Impulse Sports]

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