'Emotional' Peralta talks Trade Deadline, career with D-backs

July 29th, 2022

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David Peralta started to speak and then stopped.

"I get emotional when I think about it," the D-backs outfielder said.

The "it" in this case is the fact that Peralta could very well be in his last days wearing a D-backs uniform with the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline looming, a host of young outfielders vying for playing time and an organization looking toward the future.

A few weeks away from his 35th birthday and in the last year of his contract, Peralta, who is the longest-tenured Arizona player, having been with the D-backs since 2014, understands the situation. But that doesn't mean he likes the thought of not being a Diamondback or the fact that his phone could ring at any moment with GM Mike Hazen telling him that he's been traded.

"I don't know how I'm going to take that," Peralta said. "I love my teammates here, I love Arizona. The fans … you see I lose my voice when I start talking about it. But the fans have welcomed me since my first day in the big leagues June 1 [2014]. They've always supported me through the good times but also when I've struggled. They mean a lot to me. The way they treat me, it means a lot to me."

Rookie Alek Thomas has taken over center field, while Daulton Varsho seems set in right for now, and the organization would like to give more at-bats to rookie outfielder Jake McCarthy. There's also D-backs' No. 1 prospect (per MLB Pipeline) outfielder Corbin Carroll knocking on the door at Triple-A Reno. He's expected to be called up at some point this season.

Peralta, who was signed out of independent ball by the D-backs, knows that and realizes what that means for him and is trying to look at things as optimistically as possible.

"I want to win," Peralta said. "I would like it to be with this team of course, because this is the team that believed in me and gave me a chance and made me who I am today. I'm very thankful for that. On the other side if teams are interested in me it means they think that I can help them get to the postseason so that's the exciting part. I've only gotten to the playoffs once [in 2017], and it's my goal to win a World Series. Again, I'd like it to be here, but I understand."