As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, Diamondbacks president/CEO Derrick Hall on Thursday set the price for right-hander Dan Haren at "A-plus" talent.
"Ideally, what we would ask for is major league-ready pitching, be it starters and/or bullpen, and prospects. Volume doesn't matter. It doesn't need to be four, five, six guys. We're just concerned about the quality," Hall said.
One those pitchers would slide into Haren's spot in the rotation for the final two months of the season, and it could be a pitcher already in the major leagues, Hall said.
"Sure, that's a possibility," Hall said. "Or it could be a guy that's at Triple-A who doesn't have the opportunity to move up into a rotation but is ready."
Haren, 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA, is tied for the NL lead in strikeouts (141) after fanning eight in a no-decision Wednesday against the Mets, a start witnessed by scouts from Philadelphia and Detroit, among others.
He told FOXSportsArizona.com on Tuesday that he would consider waiving his partial no-trade clause (he can veto a deal to 12 teams) in the right deal.
Hall was asked what message a Haren trade would send.
"If it appears to be a cash-dump, it is not a good message," he said, "which is not what we are looking to do. If a deal can't get done for Haren and he's on our team next year, I'm fine with that. He's our ace. If we can get three or four pieces that can bring back value now and they are also controllable for a number of years, then we'd have to consider it.
"If we bring in the right pieces and explain it, fans will understand that it will improve our team now. It's an opportunity. There is interest in quite a few of our players."
Edwin Jackson also has been eyed by other teams.
"The preference would be to keep both (Haren and Jackson) or at least one of them," Hall said, "but anything is possible because if you are getting enough in return, you have to consider it."
GIANTS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0: The good news: The D-backs tripled their hit total against RHP Matt Cain in their second meeting of 2010. The bad news: They only got one hit the first time, a 5-0 loss on May 28. RHP Rodrigo Lopez kept Arizona in the game on a night the bullpen was short-handed, but the D-backs saw their three-game winning streak broken when they only got two batters as far as second, and one was picked off. RF Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to nine games.
--RF Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to nine games with a ground-rule double to right-center field in the fourth inning. Upton has 16 hits - including six doubles, a triple, and two home runs - in his last 36 at-bats. "This is probably the best I've felt all year," Upton said. He has raised his batting average to .275, the highest it has been since he was at .281 after getting three hits against the Dodgers on April 14.
--RHP Dan Haren told FOXSportsArizona.com that he would consider waiving his partial no-trade clause (he can veto a trade to 12 teams, including Cincinnati and Minnesota) in the right deal. "It is most definitely not, 'No way.' I definitely would consider it," Haren said. "I was born and raised on the West Coast. Obviously staying on the West Coast would be nice. If I went to the East, if a trade came with a team on my no-trade (list), I would have to consider it," he said. Scouts from Philadelphia and Detroit were at Haren's start Wednesday against the Mets.
--RHP Dan Haren moved into the NL lead with eight strikeouts Wednesday, giving him 141, when he also gave up two homers to tie for the NL lead at 23. C Rod Barajas' homer in the sixth inning tied the game at 3, a tie that was not broken until Chris Snyder's walk-off single for a 4-3 victory in the 14th inning. "Got a pitch a little bit up to Barajas that he just got over the fence that cost us about three hours of our lives," Haren said.
--C Miguel Montero was in the starting lineup Thursday, a day after he caught the full 14 innings in the D-backs' 4-3 victory to sweep the Mets on Wednesday. "I waited to do the lineup to see how he felt," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's said he's fine, ready to go." Montero, who missed nine weeks early in the season with a right knee injury, was 0-for-4. He was 1-for-6 with an intentional walk Wednesday.
DIAMOND STAT: 7-14 -- The D-backs' record against opposing left-handed starters through July 22, the fewest wins against lefties in the majors.
QUOTABLE: "I expect them to come out and try to erase what happened in the first half. We have to go out and have to play with urgency. We have to be determined not to duplicate what we just did." -- Interim manager Kirk Gibson, on his expectations for the second half after the D-Backs were 34-55 before the All-Star break.
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