D’Backs GM On Free Agency, Trades, Pitching

Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers touched on a handful of roster issues today and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has the goods..

  • The D'Backs probably won’t look outside of the organization for help this spring.  Piecoro notes (via Twitter) that this is unlike how he’s operated in past years while serving as the GM of the Padres.
  • Towers thinks that the club has solid depth and says that club scouts are spending more time watching other teams’ minor leaguers.  So while the club could look to make a trade, it likely won't be one to build the club in the short term.  "If anything, we might have some excess, some depth in certain areas. So other teams might hit us. I would imagine that our pro scouts are spending more time on the minor league fields," said Towers.
  • The GM said that contract status won't play a role in deciding the makeup of the back end of the team's rotation, though contract situations such as a large guaranteed deal or a player out of options will likely factor into decisions in some way.  Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga, Aaron Heilman and Barry Enright are the main contenders for the spots, writes Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.  Duke is guaranteed $4.5MM whether he makes the team or not while Galarraga's $2.3MM is only partially guaranteed if he's released prior to Opening Day.  Heilman, meanwhile, is out-of-options and would likely be stowed away in the bullpen to be protected.

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