The Diamondbacks are sellers

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The Diamondbacks have come to grips with the fact that they aren’t very good, which means that it’s selling time in Arizona:

“It’s the middle of June and we’re 10 games under .500, so I think
there’s a reality as far as the types of discussions we have had and
will have with other clubs,” Byrnes said . . .

. . . To this point, Byrnes has given no indication that he is
planning a major overhaul. So, for now, if the team makes a move, look
for it to be with one of the veterans who are in the final year of
their contracts. Pitchers Doug Davis and Jon Garland fit that profile,
as does second baseman Felipe Lopez. The club would certainly like to
deal Chad Tracy if he is able to get back to being healthy and show the
form he had the first couple of weeks of the season.

Davis is useful and is having a good season. Garland is useful, but not
having a particularly good season. Still, both are the types of
pitchers whose value historically peaks around the trade deadline for
reasons that have more to do with the desperation of contenders than
their inherent worth. I’m not smelling that same kind of desperation
this year — at least not yet — but it’s not inconceivable that the
Dbacks could get something valuable for those guys.

Chad Tracy? He of the .203/.262/.373 line and the tender oblique? I have this feeling he’s not going anywhere.

Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday,’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.

Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.

Kyle Schwarber has not been medically cleared to play the outfield

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting an RBI single to score Ben Zobrist #18 (not pictured) during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Earlier, Craig asked if Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber would play the outfield now that the World Series has come to Chicago, where there will be no DH. The answer to that is no, it appears. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that Schwarber has not been medically cleared to play the outfield, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Schwarber returned to the Cubs sooner than expected after suffering a fully-torn ACL and LCL in his left leg during an early April collision with teammate Dexter Fowler in Arizona. In preparation to join the Cubs for the World Series, Schwarber went to the Arizona Fall League and reportedly saw over 1,000 pitches from machines as well as Single-A pitchers. He doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (that was very nearly a home run) in Game 1, then drew a walk and hit two RBI singles in five plate appearances in Game 2.

At least right now, however, it appears Schwarber will serve as a bat off the bench for Games 3, 4, and 5 until he gets medical clearance.