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This Veteran 3B Could be Dealt at the Deadline

Photo by Bernie Wilson/The Associated Press

PHOENIX, AZ: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Snakes are "willing to listen to offers" for third baseman Eugenio Suarez, which suggests the Diamondbacks may be ready to part with one of their biggest offseason purchases.

That may have been overly kind language, as Nightengale continues by stating that Suarez, 33, has battled to the point that he may soon be without a everyday position at third base.

The veteran third baseman, who was acquired in a salary-driven transaction that sent reliever prospect Carlos Vargas and backup catcher Seby Zavala to the cost-cutting Mariners, is making $12MM this season and is due to pick up a $15MM club option in 2025.

According to Nightengale, the Diamondbacks do not plan to use that option at this time, which makes sense considering Suarez's dismal performance. With Arizona, he had a .200/.265/.317 slash in his first 257 plate appearances.

Arizona currently sits fourth in the NL West, in an underwhelming 2024. Coming off a World Series appearance, the Diamondbacks were expected to make a serious push in this division. That just has not been the case as Arizona sits at 31-35, 9.5 games back. Suarez was expected to be a major contributor to this young club, with him on the trade block, that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

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