D’Backs Notes: Youkilis, Parra, Saunders

Here's the latest on the Diamondbacks courtesy of Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic..

  • The D'Backs have had multiple looks at Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and GM Kevin Towers is reluctant to go down that road for several reasons.  Towers is turned off by the money owed to Youkilis and is also balking at the asking price.  The Red Sox apparently were asking for Gerardo Parra to be included in a deal for the veteran.
  • There are still indications that Arizona would be willing to trade left-hander Joe Saunders if the right deal came along.  Interested clubs include the Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, and Pirates.  Trading Saunders, who makes a reasonable $6MM this year, would open up room for top prospect Trevor Bauer.
  • On the whole, the Diamondbacks are on the fence about whether to make moves that will help their cause in 2012 or to instead look to add a piece for 2013 and beyond.

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