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Age on Opening Day: 24
2013 Stats: 103 G, .252/.332/.373, 26 XBH (7 HR), 28 RBI, 0-of-2 SB, 91 wRC+
Why He Could Be Traded
Didi Gregorius will battle it out with Chris Owings for the right to start at shortstop in Arizona this season, with the loser heading back to the minor leagues, as veteran Cliff Pennington will serve as the team's primary backup.
With that trio of shortstops ready to impact the major-league club and prospect Nick Ahmed working his way through the team's farm system, GM Kevin Towers recently told the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro exactly where his mind is at when it comes to a possible trade of his team's shortstop surplus:
For us, it would have to be the right deal. Our biggest needs in our system are catching. If it’s the right, top-notch catching prospect. Someone we could have right behind Miggy. More of an upper-level guy. Maybe a top, upper-end starter. We have a lot of bullpen depth, infielders. Maybe an outfielder, but probably more catching and Double-A, Triple-A type starter.
Why Teams Want Him
Gregorius is young, athletic and still has significant upside.
Here's what Baseball America had to say about him after the 2012 season, when he ranked as Cincinnati's fifth-best prospect (subscription required):
He has smooth actions, plus range and a sniper rifle of an arm. His arm rates as a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, allowing him to make plays from deep in the hole that other shortstops can't. He showed improved consistency in 2012, making just 18 errors in 128 games after committing 21 in 80 contests the year before.
Scouts are divided on Gregorius' bat. Some think he could end up as a No. 2 hitter, while others think he'll fit at the bottom of a lineup. He's too aggressive and needs to use the whole field more, but he does have gap power. He's an average runner.
He could be a long-term answer at shortstop for a team that doesn't have one—and that makes him a valuable trade chip should Owings beat him out this spring.
Possible Landing Spots
While he's not been linked to any specific teams this winter—which is no surprise, as he's not actually been put on the trade block or shopped around by the Diamondbacks up to this point—any team in need of an upgrade at the position could have interest.
That list includes the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who Piecoro says are monitoring the shortstop market this spring. Of those three teams, the Yankees and Red Sox may be in the best position to make a deal, as both have the catching prospects that Arizona covets.
New York could dangle Francisco Cervelli, Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine or J.R. Murphy, while Boston's Ryan Lavarnway (who is seeing time as a first baseman now), Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart could also be attractive to the Diamondbacks.