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Three-Way Trade Is Bad News for D-backs

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed in principle to a three-team trade that sends pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit for right-handers Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. If the trade is indeed finalized, it would be a detriment to the Diamondbacks chances for 2010 and beyond.

The Diamondbacks entered the offseason with holes to fill in both the starting rotation and in their bullpen.  If their swap with the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees is consummated, the D-backs will be weaker in both areas despite taking on a significant amount of new salary. Neither Ian Kennedy nor Daniel Schlereth is arbitration-eligible, so their exchange does not affect the...