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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Diamondbacks are one of nine teams to have legitimate interest in 29-year-old right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy.
McCarthy, who saw his 2012 season end prematurely after being hit in the head by a line drive, an injury that required emergency brain surgery (h/t ESPN), is said to be willing to accept a one-year contract so that he can prove he's fully recovered and re-establish his true market value.
Thoughts of the Diamondbacks acquiring 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets can probably be put to rest, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
As for a trade involving a certain Diamondbacks outfielder, you'd be surprised to learn (I know I was) that it's Jason Kubel, not Justin Upton, who the team has been engaging other teams about, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.
Why would Kubel potentially be more attractive to teams than Upton? Morosi writes:
It’s possible that Kubel will draw interest from a larger number of teams than Upton, because his contract is smaller and asking price likely lower. Upton is due $38.5 million over the next three seasons, while Kubel is under contract for $7.5 million this year with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2014.
Kubel is coming off a better offensive season than Upton, with an .833 OPS compared to .785 for Upton. But Upton is coveted for his overall skill set (an average of 23 home runs and 19 stolen bases over the past four seasons) and youth (25).
It's unclear at this point what the Diamondbacks are looking for in exchange for Kubel, though you'd have to imagine that a long-term answer at either shortstop or third base tops the list.