"It didn't entirely surprise me," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "There are other times to make a trade, and more things could happen for us in August for us and other teams. There just was nothing really in the last several days that were appealing to us, so we got to the Deadline, and it was pretty quiet."
Such names as Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Chad Qualls were bandied about quite a bit, but it doesn't sound as though any of the three was close to being dealt.
There was not a lot of interest in Davis and Garland. Qualls drew a lot of inquiries, but the D-backs did not want to part with him because they will have him next year at a very reasonable salary.
And just because the non-waiver Deadline has passed does not mean there is no possibility of a deal being made in August. Players must be placed on waivers and could be claimed by teams wanting to block a trade, but then those teams run the risk of being stuck with a contract they don't really want, or can't really afford.
"I think pretty active," Byrnes said when asked what August would be like. "Again, I think there are a few issues. Teams will be more motivated to complete their roster because they are still in the race, and other teams might fall out of it a little bit. And with the economy, I don't think there will be a lot of claiming going on. I think it probably sets up to have a few trades around baseball happen in August."
Manager A.J. Hinch was happy that the Deadline had come and gone without a deal.
"I'm glad it's over for the sense that so much was talked about with Qualls, Garland and Davis and what we were going to do," Hinch said. "Now we can move forward, knowing in the back of our minds that deals can be made until the end of August as well."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.