According to Jack Magruder of the East Valley Tribune on Friday, the D’Backs have second baseman Mark Loretta on the radar and have spoken to his agent. Loretta has his eye on a full-time job. Loretta accepted the Astros’ offer of arbitration last year when he couldn’t find a starting gig. Loretta is again a Type B free agent; will the Astros offer arbitration this time?
Loretta, 37, hit .280/.350/.383 in 297 plate appearances while playing below average defense. He earned $2.75MM, the result of a lost arbitration case.