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Two of the team's major offseason targets, Matt Garza and Masahiro Tanaka, are off the board, leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks with only a few more front-line starter options on the free-agent market.
Should free agents Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez or A.J. Burnett sign elsewhere or just not fit for whatever reason, the D-Backs have plenty of valuable chips if they want to acquire a starting pitcher via trade.
While it would be difficult to pry away top pitching prospect Archie Bradley, he's good enough to headline a trade for Rays pitcher David Price, who still has two years left of club control. It probably won't happen, but the D-Backs are one of the few teams that could probably pull it off.
Other top-of-the-rotation starters who could be made available, including Homer Bailey, Justin Masterson and Max Scherzer, would also be costly, but the inclusion of Bradley probably wouldn't be a requirement.
One of the team's two very good young shortstops, Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings (pictured), could be a major part of a deal to acquire a one-year rental, along with one of three very good low-level pitching prospects—Aaron Blair, Jose Martinez and Braden Shipley.
Two minor league relievers, Jake Barrett and Matt Stites, could also be showcased as potential closers who are close to being big league-ready.
The presence of Bradley and the young relievers also gives the D-Backs the ability to shop a big league pitcher. Signing one of the remaining free-agent starters would further bolster the rotation picture, giving the team even more ammunition for the trade market.