Diamondbacks trade Tony Campana for two prospects

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Krehbiel (left) poses with his former high school teammate Brett Phillips during spring training. Credit: bradkrichardson.com

The Diamondbacks are beginning to build for the future midway through their disastrous 2014 campaign.

News came early today that the Diamondbacks traded relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angeles for two of their minor leaguers in Zach Borenstein and Joey Krehbiel.

Thatcher had only been in Arizona for a year, after arriving from San Diego in 2013. In 37 appearances during 2014, the 32 year old recorded a 2.63 ERA to go with 25 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, Campana had been up to bat 60 times this season, hitting a paltry .150.

In exchange for Thatcher, the D-backs received Krehbiel, a right handed pitcher who pitched 17 games for the Angels’ minor league system. In 18 innings he struck out 23 batters, recorded a 2.00 ERA to go along with five saves. He’s 21, giving the Diamondbacks some youth and time to work with.

On the flipside, the Diamondbacks replaced the left handed outfielder in Krehbiel, with a left handed outfielder in Borenstein. Borenstein appeared in 78 games for the Angels’ Double and Triple-A affiliates in 2014. In that time span, the 23 year old batted a .256 with two home runs and 22 RBI with his 117 at bats.

The Diamondbacks are struggling to remain a consistent franchise, and following the injury bug that bit them hard this season, the team can only hope they can build a solid unit.

Phoenix Sports Kings Contributor Alex Mann @mannrotb

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