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Entering the offseason, shortstop was the Diamondbacks biggest area of need, and while they've added Cliff Pennington at the big league level and Didi Gregorius as a long-term option, the team could certainly have done better to address the position.
The team finally found a trade partner for Justin Upton in the Braves, but a popular early-season rumor was Upton to the Rangers for shortstop Elvis Andrus.
The Rangers were unwilling to part with either Andrus or prospect Jurickson Profar, so the Diamondbacks were unwilling to pull the trigger on a deal.
However, had they been able to acquire Andrus, it likely would have meant keeping prospect Trevor Bauer, who was traded for Gregorius.
In the end, the Andrus-over-Pennington upgrade would have been significantly bigger for their 2013 success than the Martin Prado-over-Chris Johnson upgrade at third base.
The Rangers, on the other hand, have failed to acquire a replacement run producer for Josh Hamilton, with A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman ranking as their major acquisitions. They would have been better suited moving Andrus, giving Profar the starting shortstop job and slotting Upton in the middle of their lineup.