D’Backs Notes: Starting Pitching, Backup Catcher

Whatever is going on with Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton today at the Winter Meetings, it's being kept fairly under-wraps.  You can check out our Upton post here, but let's get to other D'Backs chatter from the day.

  • The Diamondbacks remain interested in free agent starter Brandon McCarthy, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.  GM Kevin Towers said the team seeks "at least a solid number two" starter.  He elaborated, "To me, it seems like some of the second-tier guys are kind of starting to be viewed as first-tier-type guys and being paid like first-tier guys, and I don't think we're willing to go there.  That's why we're not talking to a lot of free agents in the way of pitching." (MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reporting).
  • Towers seeks a right-handed-hitting backup catcher known more for defense, though the line of communication is open with Henry Blanco, writes Piecoro.
  • Upton wasn't the player most inquired about during Towers' eight or nine meetings with other teams today, writes Gilbert.  

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