Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has some good stuff tonight:
- Scott Boras made his pitch for infielder Felipe Lopez, suggesting Lopez "re-established" himself in 169 plate appearances with the Cardinals. He hopes to find Lopez a starting gig and a multiyear deal. Piecoro heard Lopez would love to play for Arizona, but isn’t sure if the interest is mutual.
- Adam Dunn does not have a positional preference – he’s open to first base or either of the outfield corners. Piecoro’s heard Dunn prefers the NL, just like Pat Burrell.
- Piecoro likes the fit with Kelly Johnson for the D’Backs, but isn’t sure who they’d send in return.
- If the D’Backs fail to re-sign Randy Johnson, they’ll probably look at bargain free agent starters in January. If it’s true that the Diamondbacks have just $3-5MM budgeted for Johnson, he’s gone.