David Peralta could be entering stretch run of his

Nearly a decade ago this week, David Peralta was given the news he had been so desperate to receive. The Diamondbacks had a low-level roster spot open, and at the urging of scout Chris Carminucci, they signed Peralta, then 25, to a minor league deal, plucking him out of an independent league.

A year later, Peralta reached the big leagues, where he has been a fixture in the Diamondbacks outfield ever since. Peralta is quick to say how fortunate he is with how things have worked out. And he has always said he wants to play in Arizona through the end of his career.

But with the trade deadline less than a month away — and with his contract set to expire at the end of the year — Peralta on Tuesday sounded fully aware of the forces that could pull him elsewhere. In years past, he has brushed trade rumors aside, deflecting them with a shrug. While he said he was doing the same this year, he seemed more willing to consider the alternative.