More changes likely for D-backs

More changes likely for D-backs

BOSTON -- It sounds like Tuesday's trade of Conor Jackson was just the first domino to fall in what could be a host of changes for the D-backs.

"There's a good chance, yeah," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said when asked if more moves were coming.

Two weeks ago, D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said that the organization was undergoing an evaluation from top to bottom and that the team on the field, as currently constructed, needed to undergo some changes.

What those moves will be and how deep they will go is still uncertain, but one thing that seems certain is that Hall and managing general partner Ken Kendrick will have more involvement than in the past.

"We're looking at everything," Hall said.

"Josh and his staff, if they feel strongly about a decision, they're going to convince us and make that move," Hall said referring to he and Kendrick. "Josh is the general manager of the ballclub, he's got a very capable staff, these guys know what they're doing, they're good talent evaluators. The advantage for them is they have so much knowledge about players in other systems. So they're very convincing when they tell you someone like this would help our team."

When Byrnes was asked if the dynamics have changed in terms of how trades are handled internally, he declined to answer.

"I'll leave our internal machinations internal," Byrnes said.

The GM, though, left little doubt as to where he stood with regards to the rumors that have surrounded his team during a 6-4 homestand.

"It's been nuts," Byrnes said. "Give our guys credit, they played well on the homestand. The reality is, we're in last place and four other teams in our division are over .500, so we have to make decisions based on that, not based on the soap opera that has sort of descended upon us. We'll continue to show up and do our jobs. I think all the drama around our team is a little bit of nonsense. We're going to make good baseball decisions."

Hall said that while the team has been mired in last place since last season, the organization is not giving up completely on the present in order to build for the future.

"I think it's simultaneous," Hall said. "Obviously you want to win games now, and if you can find a way to do both -- where you improve your current situation and also set yourself up for sustainable success -- then you want to do both, and I know that's what Josh is focused on. It's not going to stop as far as looking at any player, every player, what makes sense for us how can we improve the ballclub. That is ongoing."

The potential for more changes is not lost on the players in the clubhouse.

"I don't know if it's the first of many, but I think everyone here in the clubhouse is on their toes," veteran right-hander Dan Haren said. "We did this to ourselves. We made this situation, so we're going to have to deal with it. In the next month and a half, there could be more changes; there might not be. We just have to go out and still focus on doing your job. You can't think about being traded or not."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.