Arizona Diamonbacks Winter Meetings Primer and Preview
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have already been relatively active given how quiet it has been so far this offseason, trading Chris Young and acquiring Heath Bell and Cliff Pennington.
Here is a quick look at where the D-backs stand going into the winter meetings tomorrow.
The Snakes have Miguel Montero as their primary catcher and he is probably the second-best catcher in baseball behind the Giants' Buster Posey. Arizona might be in the market for a low-cost backup.
Paul Goldschmidt looks to be the primary starter. The D-backs have been rumored to be talking to free agent Aubrey Huff according to this tweet by Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder, who would primarily serve as a backup and pinch-hitter.
Aaron Hill has been excellent since being acquired from the Blue Jays. Hill gives Arizona a top-five second baseman in the National League.
Do you expect the D-backs to do anything major at the Winter Meetings?
This might be the area where the D-backs look to make a splash. If Justin Upton is traded, it figures to bring back a shortstop that can help the 2013 club.
Another position that might be addressed through trade could be the third base position. This might also be another area where Aubrey Huff could come into play as a short-term fit.
Jason Kubel was a shrewd signing by the team last season, becoming a very productive player during a down season for the team. Kubel could bat fifth for the team next season or he could be used as trade bait to shore up shortstop or third base. Arizona has Gerardo Parra available as a backup and to potentially take over the position.
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Rookie Adam Eaton figures to be given every opportunity to win the center field job and be the leadoff hitter for the Diamondbacks.
This is where the majority of the D-backs rumors are going to come from.
Justin Upton has been put on the market again, for the third time in two-plus years. The most recent rumor has him headed to Atlanta according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. Arizona can only put Upton on the market so many times before other teams wonder what the problem is.
Why are the Diamondbacks looking to trade their best player all of the time? It is a question that I am sure other teams are asking.
Arizona has a lot of depth in the back of their rotation, which might facilitate a trade of one of their starters. Ian Kennedy, Wade Miley, Trevor Skaggs, Trevor Cahill and Patrick Corbin figure to open the year in the rotation. The D-backs could look to move Cahill in one deal and sign a third starter in another deal. Arizona will also likely get Daniel Hudson back later in the season.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have interest in Brandon McCarthy.
The biggest area of strength for Arizona is their bullpen. By acquiring Heath Bell, it gives general manager Kevin Towers a ton of flexibility going into next season. If Bell can regain his form from his Padres days, he will become a very valuable asset for the team. Arizona might look to add a left-handed specialist.
D-backs most likely to be traded
Justin Upton, Trevor Cahill, Jason Kubel
Arizona can't keep putting Upton on the market without automatically devaluing the player at this point. I still think the D-backs will move him this winter to fill multiple holes for 2013 and beyond. Cahill was a bit of a disappointment last year and certainly Arizona would rather have Jarrod Parker back.
Surprise D-backs to be traded
J.J. Putz, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Bauer
Putz could be traded to a closer-needy team like the Tigers for a third base prospect like Nick Castellanos. Kennedy would be a surprise, but he is starting to get expensive and could bring a lot in trade to fill multiple needs like shortstop, third base and outfield.
Bauer might just be a player who the D-backs have tired of. Trying to trade Bauer for an outfield prospect like the Royals' Wil Myers makes sense for both sides.
General manager Kevin Towers has never shied away from making the big move, so the Diamondbacks could always surprise by making a big splash during the winter meetings.
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