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NL West Notes: Front office ‘laughingstock’, prospects

The latest news from around the National League West.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When it’s bad, it’s bad. For the Arizona Diamondbacks, it may have hit rock bottom. Their 2016 season, combined with mistakes under the front office of chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart, has led to many being very upset.

One analyst in particular, ESPN’s Keith Law, penned a piece on Thursday calling for the “reign of terror” in Arizona to come to an end. Law proceeded to list of examples of how this front office is not equipped to do business, including not knowing how the trade rules work.

More from around the National League West:

  • Despite rosters expanding on September 1, the Padres don’t plan on rushing their prospects, like catcher Austin Hedges and outfielder Hutner Renfroe, to the majors.
  • The Rockies need to make Tony Wolters their starting catcher, says Adam Peterson of Purple Row.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t picked up a baseball since the middle of July, and on Thursday, manager Dave Roberts confirmed that he is not expected to pitch again this season for the Dodgers.
  • San Francisco hasn’t had the best start to the second half, and are struggling on many levels. What exactly is wrong with the Giants? And what will it take to break out of this funk?

Standings ‘as of writing’:

LA Dodgers 67-53 — GB

San Francisco 67-54 -.5 GB

Colorado 58-63 9.5 GB

San Diego 51-70 16.5 GB

Arizona 50-71 17.5 GB