The Dbacks traded Touki Toussaint and Bronson Arroyo because they think they can win now

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A lot of people scratched their heads at the trade in which the Dbacks sent last year’s #1 pick Touki Toussaint and Bronson Arroyo to the Atlanta Braves. Toussaint is a highly-touted prospect and, in return, they basically just got salary relief. And salary relief in an amount that seems far less than the value Toussaint can provide while still under team control.

But Tony La Russa has an answer for that. The Dbacks aren’t waiting for Toussaint to develop because they think they can win now and they needed the salary relief gained by giving up Arroyo to add the final pieces:

He makes no promises about when Arizona will play in October, but says they’re “a lot closer than most people think” and that they need the payroll flexibility in order to add “a couple of pieces.” That could be true. Or maybe he just reads different news sources than most of us and thus has a radically different time frame in mind than most teams.

Assuming the world does not end, however, Arizona is four games out in the west, behind the Dodgers and the Giants. Stay tuned to see if they truly add some pieces and try to make a run.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.