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Choosing which prospects to call up to the big-league club will be difficult for the Arizona Diamondbacks due to limited roster spots and a lengthy cast of worthy players.

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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker didn't get moved at the trade deadline.

From standing pat to potentially dealing one of the team’s young up-and-coming outfielders, there was always a wide range of possible outcomes for the Diamondbacks at this year’s MLB trade deadline. President and CEO Derrick Hall told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta less than a week before the deadline that any moves the team made would be aimed at improving...

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Luke Weaver is the latest addition to the list of promising Diamondbacks pitchers who struggled to produce consistently in the big leagues.

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David Peralta smiles after scoring a run at Oracle Park.

A day Arizona Diamondbacks fans have long dreaded but expected has arrived. On Saturday, the D-backs traded 34-year-old outfielder David Peralta to the Tampa Bay Rays for 19-year-old catcher Christian Cerda. After making some mechanical adjustments over the offseason, Peralta slashed .248/.316/.460 with 12 homers, 41 RBI and 1.5 fWAR for the D-backs this year in 87 games. His .212 ISO — a measure of raw power — was the second-highest of his career. In 20 games in the Florida Complex League for the Rays, Cerda was batting .315/.464/.519 in 69 plate appearances. The D-backs like his makeup, his ability to control the strike zone and his power potential. They figure to save about $3 million in the deal. Peralta…

Last month, MLB insider Jon Heyman wrote that the Arizona Diamondbacks “would entertain offers” for veteran lefty Madison Bumgarner leading up to the trade deadline on Tuesday. Should the Diamondbacks make such a move, Bumgarner’s start against the Atlanta Braves on Friday could be his last in Arizona. Nonetheless, all signs point to the lefty staying put, at least for now. On the surface, Bumgarner is exactly the type of player a contender would covet. He is a battle-tested veteran with a respectable 3.71 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a .257 batting average against in 2022. Those numbers may not jump off the page, but they are more than adequate for a team looking to improve the back end of its…

Diamondbacks second half storyline Corbin Carroll throws during minor-league mini-camp at Salt River Fields.

The All-Star break has come and gone, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ second half gets underway on Friday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Torey Lovullo knows his team has a lot of work to do. “Our record is what it is,” Lovullo said. “We know that we’ve won 40 baseball games, and for me, that’s not very satisfying.” The Diamondbacks stumbled to the halfway point, dropping four of their five series in July and losing 26 of their last 41 games since June 1. “I feel like we can improve on a lot of areas,” Lovullo said. “There [have] been some chips that we’ve left on the table, whether it’s been picking up the baseball defensively, making pitches, landing pitches at…

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Joe Mantiply (35) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

You’ve probably heard it said by now: The Diamondbacks had to have someone in the All-Star game. Disrespectful? Sure. Wrong? Well, not really. The D-backs did need a representative, and that someone is left-handed reliever Joe Mantiply. ​​ https://twitter.com/PHNX_Dbacks/status/1546544666006278144?s=20&t=-WJrgAxzqGXasjssp5wu_A While many baseball fans view his All-Star selection as nothing more than an obligatory formality, Mantiply’s first half has been remarkable — particularly for a franchise that has been riddled with bullpen problems since its inception. The timing of this piece is unfortunate, given that Mantiply’s ERA has more than doubled in the past 10 days. Still, entering Tuesday’s game in San Francisco, Mantiply had a 2.08 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 25.0 percent walk rate and 1.5 percent walk rate over 34 ⅔…

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