Diamondbacks Looking To Trade Former All-Star

The Arizona Diamondbacks took a gamble this offseason after their primary third baseman Evan Longoria moved on. They agreed to acquire slugging (but strikeout-prone) Eugenio Suarez from the Seattle Mariners along with his $11.2 million contract.

It seems that the D-Backs are re-thinking that decision, as he is now reportedly on the trade block once again after just 65 games in the desert. 

According to baseball insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Arizona is looking to move on from Suarez:

The Diamondbacks are willing to listen to offers for struggling third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who could soon lose his everyday job. Suarez has a $15 million club option (for 2025) the D-backs don’t intend to exercise.

It's not a surprising development, as Suarez is batting just .200 for the Snakes with a .582 OPS and just five home runs. In addition, he continues to rack up the strikeouts with 74 thus far. The 32-year-old led the American League in striking out each of the past two seasons, with a whopping 214 last year. He was, nevertheless, still able to drive in 96 runs, while launching 22 out of the ballpark, and maintaining an OPS+ just above the break-even mark at 101. This season, his OPS+ is a woeful 68.

Suarez was an All-Star in 2018 for the Cincinnati Reds when he blasted 34 homers to go along with 104 RBIs and an .892 OPS. He slugged another 49 dingers the next season.

But strikeouts have always been the concern, and it seems that the Diamondbacks have had just about enough of the whiffs.

It's not clear who would take over for Suarez at third if he were to be benched or traded, but at the moment it appears that Kevin Newman is the only real option the Snakes have on the roster. 

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