Arizona Diamondbacks Looking For Replacement at 2B

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst INovember 8, 2008

The Diamondbacks are looking to fill the hole at second base and have targeted several different players, including the Braves' Kelly Johnson. After putting together two solid seasons, the Braves have received several calls concerning him. While the Diamondbacks don't believe they can acquire him, they do think they can acquire Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy or Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot.

Fontenot is a great prospect who needs an opportunity, and could find one with the Cubs. In 119 games (243 AB), he hit .305 with nine HR and played a solid second. While the Cubs may try to work him into the starting lineup more in 2009, they might be able to get something some in return.
Other guys the Diamondbacks could pursue include Rickie Weeks, Luis Castillo, and Placido Polanco, among others.
UPDATE: The Diamondbacks have reportedly held preliminary discussions with free agent infielder Mark Loretta. Loretta would be a great pick up by the Diamondbacks because of his versatility, but also because of his veteran presence on the field.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.

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