D’Backs Asking For Young Catcher In Exchange For Shortstop

The Diamondbacks have a good deal of depth at shortstop, as they feel that both Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings are capable Major League shortstops. In addition, three more names on Baseball America's list of Top 30 Diamonsbacks prospects — Nick Ahmed, Sergio Alcantara and Jose Munoz — are shortstops. This has led to some speculation that the Diamondbacks could trade a shortstop in order to address other needs in the organization, and Marc Carig of Newsday now reports (via Twitter) that the Diamondbacks have targeted young catchers in discussing shortstop trades with the Mets.

However, Carig adds that the Mets aren't a good fit for a trade with the D-Backs. Arizona is said to be seeking a Travis d'Arnaud type of talent in exchange for one of their shortstops and doesn't deem fellow catcher Kevin Plawecki a good enough return. As such, the Mets and D-Backs haven't had recent trade discussions about Arizona's shorstops (Twitter links).

For some context, Plawecki ranked fifth on BA's Top 30 Mets prospects heading into the 2014 season. BA calls him a safe bet to bat around .280 and hit somewhere in the range of a dozen homers at his peak level, and his bat is good enough to profile as a starting catcher, according to their scouting report. He has an average arm and is solid when it comes to blocking pitches, per BA.

The Diamondbacks currently have Miguel Montero installed as their everyday catcher, but the 30-year-old's offense slipped in 2013. After batting .283/.361/.457 from 2009-12, Montero slashed just .230/.318/.344 in 475 plate appearances last season. The decline was rapid and clearly unexpected, as it came in the first season of a five-year, $60MM extension that Montero inked in May 2012. He's set to earn $10MM this coming season, $12MM in 2015 and $14MM in 2016-17.


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175 Comments on "D’Backs Asking For Young Catcher In Exchange For Shortstop"


Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

The Yankees need to be calling them up and offering Gary Sanchez. They have absolutely nothing to replace Jeter at SS next year or in the future. They have a (relatively) young catcher in McCann for the next few years so Sanchez is now expendable.

Jonathan Gallo
1 year 6 months ago

Respectable trade way too many Yankee fan proposals center around John Ryan Murphy.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

I’m not like most Yankee fans and actually am realistic with expectations and trade proposals. You have to provide value to both teams otherwise a trade will never happen.

Pretty much, while I’m a Yankees fan, I’m a baseball fan second. No bandwagoner here.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Nobody’s going to replace Jeter, just like no one can replace Mo but someone has to fill their spots, any way. That being said, I’d consider putting up with Ryan’s non-existent bat as long as his glove stays Gold Glove level as a starting shortstop in 2015 and keeping Sanchez or just signing Drew already. It would cost a second round pick so maybe the Yankees get lucky, he signs, has a big season, opts out and then the Yankees make him a qualifying offer, he declines and the Yankees get compensation pick between rounds one and two. Year of Drew + higher pick.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

That would be tolerable if it was only 1 position on the L/H side, but NY has questions from 2b-3b.

Someone like a Mike Avilles would be really handy for them as a super utility player who can handle every IF position and is respectable at the plate.

NY may be the 1st team picking over the teams that fall flat in May/June and start selling off infielders and BP pieces, both areas NY are very weak at and made no effort to upgrade over the winter.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

I think you’re selling Murphy short a little; he’s not going to be the offensive center piece of a team but Keith Law (so someone not on the Yankee payroll) said Murphy has the stuff to be a major league starting catcher.

I would consider swapping Sanchez for Owings but I don’t know about Gregorius. I’m not sold on him. Plus, there’s also the problem of where does this guy play this year since the Yankees already have Jeter and Brendan Ryan on board. Would have be satisfied backing up second, short and third this season if he knew SS was his for 2015 and beyond?

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

I agree. I would only part with Sanchez if Owings was the return they were receiving. Gregorious is major league average at best.

jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

According to law Murphy is going to be a starting catcher, and his zips projections puts him ahead of a lot of top prospects. I have no idea why he wouldn’t be considered a valuable trade chip.

Joe Valenti
1 year 6 months ago

JR still may make a little sense if they don’t plan on getting Didi or CO. They also would need to add someone

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Not sure Sanchez is close enough to MLB for the Dbacks, who have this idea that they’re competing this year.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

Montero should give them decent production if he stays healthy, then they have Sanchez in the wings. Seems a good fit to me.

Mike Rook
1 year 6 months ago

Sanchez is not MLB ready however I would think Ryan or Romaine plus another lower level prospect could get the job done

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

You are correct. However, Sanchez easily has the highest ceiling out of all those players and would command the better return. He is the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees system for a reason. I could see him being MLB ready in 2016.

If the D-Backs would prefer Murphy or Romine, one of the others that are closer to being MLB Ready, that’s fine as well. It just means the Yanks will need to throw in another prospect if they want the better of the shortstops (Owings).

Mike Rook
1 year 6 months ago

The D backs are looking for someone to back up this season so Im thinking Murphy and a pitching prospect. and to respond to halflink123 the Yankees never have a good farm system for long its not the way they are built. its hard to build a farm system when you dont get the top draft picks and the free agents you sign typically have no trade clauses. I see some talent at the lower levels and I think that the yankees last draft was decent if it pans out. The yankees like to go after oft injured players during the draft in hopes they make a recovery because they can have a high upside if they recover however that strategy hasn’t been great for them

oleosmirf
1 year 6 months ago

The D-Backs have Miguel Montero as their starting catcher so having an MLB ready C prospect really isn’t that important to them. They are probably more interested in someone who’s in AA or close to it, who will take over in a few years.

Someone like Sanchez or Plawecki would make sense. D’Arnaud, not so much.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 6 months ago

I read yesterday that they wanted a MLB ready catcher to backup Montero, so a AA catcher wouldn’t do it.

Mike Rook
1 year 6 months ago

They are looking for MLB ready catcher to be Monteros backup

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

That’s very strange. There are plenty of back-up catchers in the majors–quality glove, no-bat veteran types. You typically don’t look to trade a high-end prospect like Owings for that type of player. A catching prospect like Sanchez, high end, All-Star potential, would be a fair return for a guy like Owings, even though he isn’t immediately major league ready. The D’Backs could just wait until the end of Spring Training and pick up a spare back-up catcher type for this season. Teams always invite extras to spring training so that the two guys they plan on carrying into the year aren’t catching a lot of unnecessary innings in meaningless games.

slider32
1 year 6 months ago

I agree, I can see the Yanks making this move.

halflink123
1 year 6 months ago

Gary Sanchez isnt a very good prospect tho. He’s only the Yankees best prospect b/c the Yankees have maybe one of the thinnest farms in baseball. I would be very surprised to see the snakes pull of a deal like that but then again they did trade Randy Johnson to the yankees who knows

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

The Yankees farm system is considered middle-of-the-pack. They aren’t anywhere near the top 10, but also aren’t in the bottom 10 in the league. They are closer in the 15-18 range.

Sanchez projects to be amongst the top 10 offensive catchers in the league when he is ready. His power grades at a 65 out of the 80 scale, which is borderline all-star level. He’s ranked, according to MLB.com, as the 4th best catching prospect in the game.

So explain to me how he isn’t a very good prospect?

halflink123
1 year 6 months ago

.468 career slugging percentage in low a ball. anyways thats what they said about jesus montero

cjr45
1 year 6 months ago

BP has the Yankees farm at 23 and I believe Law had them somewhere in the twenties so I do not know where you are getting 15- 18 range.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

BA has them at 16

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

Law had them at 20. BA had them 16.

cjr45
1 year 6 months ago

If you are talking about the list BA put out in October of 2013 that is not their actual farm system ranking.

jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

Their system was rated 18th back when they released their book.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

I go with BA for farm system ratings.

Tom
1 year 6 months ago

BA is unusually differentiating from the rest of the prospect ratings with the Yankee prospects. They always have though.

LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

Gary Sanchez is rated 35th overall in baseball by BA. That is a pretty good prospect.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months ago

You really think McCann will be capable of catching that much longer? I know he is just 30 and its not unreasonable to think he couldn’t catch until he is 33-34. I just thought most teams that were interested in him discussed moving him to 1b or even DH. Maybe the Yankees had a different idea. Either way, your theory is not far-fetched. A SS will certainly be needed. Below is your list of potential FA SS…

Mike Aviles (34) – $3.5MM club option with a $250k buyout
Asdrubal Cabrera (29)
Yunel Escobar (32) – $5MM club option
Rafael Furcal (37)
Alex Gonzalez (37)
Tyler Greene (31)
J.J. Hardy (32)
Jed Lowrie (31)
John McDonald (40)
Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) – $5.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Nick Punto (37) – club/vesting option
Hanley Ramirez (31)
Jimmy Rollins (36) – vesting/club/player op

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

NYY clearly expects McCann to catch for at least 3 more years, if not they would not have signed Beltran to be the DH for the next 3 years. Plus McCann is a very well regarded catcher both in terms of old school stats (PB, FLD%, gut feeling ect) and new stats (framing, UZR).

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months ago

Maybe that will work out for them.

slider32
1 year 6 months ago

I agree the Yanks will go after a big time SS next year, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get Didi. I see the Yanks going after Hanley, Hardy, Lowrie and Cabrera in that order next year and getting Headley for third. They will also look to replace Kuroda with Scherzer if he is available, this will complete their overhaul.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

I personally would rather see them go after Sandoval if he reaches FA.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

As great as that would be, I don’t see Hanley or Hardy reaching free agency. I think both will re-sign with their current clubs.

Asdrubal will be interesting, as this season will determine the type of contract he gets going forward. If he has a decent season, he could get a decent paycheck. However if he performs like he did last season, I do not see the Yankees going after him at all.

IMO, the best course of action is still trading for a young, controllable SS like Owings.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months ago

I agree. Tulo from Col. Could become a trade candidate. Not saying it will happen but it’s plausible.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

That is pretty much every Yankee fan’s dream. However, it would be for a lot of prospects AND taking on the salary, and I don’t see the Yanks giving up their top 5 prospects and taking on all that salary.

And Colorado would have to go back on their word that they won’t trade him. I don’t see them doing that either.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 6 months ago

They just simply don’t have the pieces to acquire Tulo. They could possibly have a shot if a good number of their prospects have very good, bounce-back seasons and raise their value, but even then they’d have to hollow out an already thin system.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months ago

Well, if you all think DiDi or Owings is all that great, as mentioned, Sanchez fits the bill of what AZ wants back.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

You’re assuming Tulo will have a good year. What if he misses another half of season? He’ll have the unmistakable stink of “injury troubled and huge money” and be impossible to move.

Trock
1 year 6 months ago

I wouldn’t see Rocks trading Tulo for prospects who have 1 good year (not familiar with the Yanks system so I do not know who are you referring to in particular) but I would have to think it would need to be multiple top prospects who have performed on a very consistent basis

James Wolf
1 year 6 months ago

sounds like a good match for the Yankees as they have good catching depth and need infield help

LordOfTheSwings
1 year 6 months ago

That is a pretty good fit.
I’m sure they’d want Sanchez. Or perhaps a multiplayer deal involving J.R. Murphy (depending on which shortstop the Yankees want).

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Murphy + Betances +????

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

If Betances is projected to just be a relief pitcher, I can’t expect the DBacks wanting him

Mike Rook
1 year 6 months ago

thats to much to give. I expect Betances will make the team this season in the bull pen. He was awesome as a reliever in AAA last season and throws fire

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

Depends which shortstop the Yanks receive in return. If Didi, then yes. If it is Owings, that wouldn’t even be enough to get him.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

Que the Yankees

daveineg
1 year 6 months ago

It’s never all that surprising when guys like Montero struggle after getting a hefty contract. Deep down there’s pressure to live up to it and some guys never can.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t see why the D’backs are so high on Gregorious. Chris Owings has better stats and a much higher upside. Gregorious seems he’ll top out as an average starter nothing more.

kungfucampby
1 year 6 months ago

Kevin “He’s the next Derek Jeter” Towers is why.

Mike Rook
1 year 6 months ago

I like Owings as well lots of potential

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Fans saying the Yankees have nothing to replace Jeter.
Fans willing to trade Gary Sanchez right away for a Shortstop! HA
The Yankees have MONEY and with Lowrie, Cabrera, Han Ram, Drew, etc all free agents they don’t need to trade away Gary Sanchez for anything right now.
Money to bring in a new superstar will replace Jeter. You people are funny.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

If they had unlimited funds wouldn’t they have signed Drew already? Plus they have more catchers than Sanchez to offer.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Drew would only be a luxury right now. They’ll cross that bridge when they get there.
With Jeter Soriano Kuroda Ichiro all off the books next offseason, I guarantee the Yankees will have their new top of the line SS.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

NYY isn’t paying Soriano much and Kuroda will have to be replaced by an equally pricy pitcher if he’s not resigned for 2015 so really they only have Ichiro coming off the books

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Wrong. They have Ichiro, Kuroda, Soriano, Johnson, Roberts and Jeter off the books.
But keep living in fantasy land. Also they’ll replace Kuroda next offseason too. Easy.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

They also have A-rod’s 28 MM coming back on the books so enjoy fantasy land buddy.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

That is Jeter and Soriano. Ichiro, 7M, Kurado 16M and other 2 are 5M. still 29m to spend.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

So losing Jeter, Soriano, Ichiro and Kuroda equals Arod + 8 MM in 2015. A trade for a cost controlled SS seems like a good idea to me.

jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

Arod’s contract for next year is 21,000,000.

mattdecap
1 year 6 months ago

The Cubs are paying 13 million of Soriano’s 18 million dollar contract.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

29mil minus 22mil for Arod and minus Gardners contract difference of 7mil. Also, Arod has easily reached incentives that jump his contract up even more.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

They’ll work around Arod’s salary. They always have.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

How do you “work around a salary”?

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

A-Rod’s only guaranteed $21 million in 2015. Of course, if he’s back, he’s likely to get the 6 or 7 homers needed to pass Willie Mays on the all-time list which would trigger a $6 million incentive clause which, for luxury tax purposes, bumps the number up to $27 million. But then only $20 million for ’16 and ’17. The Yankees also may opt to just buy him out after the 2014 season. It might be worth shelling out the $61 million for him to go away. It would be another Carl Pavano situation–paying for something you’re not getting but oh well.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Arod due 22mil next year, 21 in ’16, 21 in ’17, according to Cots. Also, if they buy him out, they still have to show salary on their books for Salary Cap reasons.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

How is this possible? I’m also getting my info from Cot’s Baseball Contracts and I’m seeing ’15-$21 mill, ’16 and ’17-$20 mill.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/al-east/new-york-yankees/

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees have 161mil on books for ’15 (Cots Contracts), and that doesn’t include any of the arbitrations (10-15mil) for next season, or ARod’s easily reached 660 home run mark for another 6mil. Add in insurance and other benefits (roughly 12mil). You’re at 190mil before you’ve signed a single FA. Who’s living in fantasy land?

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

I believe I read ARods HR milestone $ is Not counted towards the team payroll

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

It would for Salary Cap purposes, it just wouldn’t show until he reached it.

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

Again, I have read that it isn’t. A Jayson Stark article from a year or 2 ago mentioned that. Maybe I “misremembered”

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

I’ll check it out.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

I see some reference to a Stark article at RivStBl, so you make a legit point. But, I can’t find any other reference than that. I’m just not sure I believe it.

For example: Why wouldn’t Yankees have made Jeters ’14 salary look like this: 1 mil salary and 11 million bonus when he passes Honus Wagner on the hits board (needs 4 hits). The team would save 5.5 mil against the luxury tax. Not just the Yankees, I think any team at or over the threshold would be exploiting this loophole.

PittsburghPirates0022
1 year 6 months ago

Why because he would achieve it within the first 5 games because he likely still takes PED’s

MB923
1 year 6 months ago

Huh? When he achieves it next year is irrelevant. He gets $6 million (not sure if he gets it when he hits it or at the end of the year).

What does doing it within the first 5 games (in 2015 obviously) have to do with anything?

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

It must make you proud to see such strategic planning to building a winning team.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Not necessarily, if all goes well next year the Yankees could have a rotation of Sabathia, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda, Banuelos/Turley/Phelps/Warren etc.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t know about Drew being a luxury–the team would look a lot better with Drew penciled in at third and a Johnson/Roberts platoon at second. Plus, you gotta figure Roberts will miss at least some part of this season with injuries.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

IMO I think they are waiting to see which catcher they would want to trade for an infielder, it’d make more sense to trade for a young infielder with potential than to give a multi year deal to Drew.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t know. Depth can quickly turn into need, especially at the catcher position. I mean, if they get an offer for someone like Owings, they need to consider it but I would be very happy going into the season knowing they have McCann and Cervelli in the majors, Romine and Murphy at AAA and Sanchez at AA.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Its not necessary to have so many catchers though. I could see 2 in the majors, with one at AA and one at AAA, but if I were them I’d trade for a SS which they would certainly need next year. He could also be used this year at times to give Jeter a day off

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Why should the Yankees rely on FA when they could have a SS now?

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Because where do you put that shortstop right now while Jeter’s still there (and Brendan Ryan)?

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

He will replace Nunez

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

There is only one of those SS’s that can be considered anything close to a superstar and it can be argued he shouldn’t even be playing SS.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Hardy is a really good SS too.

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

True, I was just going off of who he mentioned. I’d still take Owings over any of them besides Hanley and possibly Hardy.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Owing has no plate discipline. Not sure how well his PCL numbers translate to pros.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Who’s better Owings or Gregorius?

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Both mediocre in my book. I like Franklin from Sea.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

Out of all SSs that are reportedly available, I would rank them as Owings > Franklin > Gregorius.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees seem like the obvious fit here. NYY needs a SS in 2015 and they have Cerveli, Romine, Murphy and Sanchez all stuck behind McCann.

Yettyskill
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees spent large on 16 year old catcher from Venezuela Luis Torrens in 2012 as well

Yettyskill
1 year 6 months ago

Not sold on Stryker Trahan’s catching ability?

CardsFanInChitown2
1 year 6 months ago

That was my first reaction as well…. how far away is he?

Yettyskill
1 year 6 months ago

Still only 19 I believe, but one of the knocks on him pre-draft was his ability as a receiver behind the plate.

blank38
1 year 6 months ago

Saw him play this past year, he’s decent behind the plate. Received well for the most part but made just some simple mistakes. He’s still a couple years away if he sticks behind the plate.

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Strong arm, needs work on his foot work behind the plate but seriously, what young catcher in the minors DOESN’T come with the tag, “needs work on his foot work behind the plate”? They’re few and far between.

Baseball America ranked him #35 on their top 100 prospects and 2nd among catchers, behind only Padres’ Austin Hedges. Keith Law ranked him #68, saying he has All-Star potential, just needs to show it at a more consistent rate and is a much better catcher, in ever category, than Jesus Montero ever was, and even average defense could set him up as an MVP candidate.

Yettyskill
1 year 6 months ago

He’s no longer in BBA’s top 100 or Keith Law’s Top 100 for 2014

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

Yes he is. Those are his rankings for this season. Some of their other prospects (Mason Williams, Tyler Austin) may have fallen off (I’m not sure, I’d have to check) but those are Sanchez’s current rankings on both respective lists.

CardsFanInChitown2
1 year 6 months ago

The Cardinals would love to have Owings if they would take some pitching help instead? Any idea what they would take/want? No one say Wacha, Miller, Martinez or Rosenthal or no one will take you seriously.

1 year 6 months ago

yeah because two young rp aren’t worth an everyday young ss that grow on trees

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

If Martinez was a RP your comment could make sense. He’s a top-30 prospect that has already shown his stuff translates to the majors.

Kolukonu
1 year 6 months ago

Well, considering they are wanting a young catcher, none of those. Only club that might be shopping a shortstop that is looking for pitching is Seattle with Nick Franklin. Give them a call.

1 year 6 months ago

but there the cardinals they can do what they want, their rp should net possible allstars

stl_cards16
1 year 6 months ago

You’re very clever. Haven’t seen that one posted in a couple days.

oleosmirf
1 year 6 months ago

And what do the Cards do with Peralta? From this outsider’s view, the Cards have no need for a middle infielder.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

Ruiz, Rupp, Rollins, Howard, Byrd, Papelbon, Hernandez, Burnnet, Adams and 5M for Owings. Do et

DMoney1184
1 year 6 months ago

You forget Utley and Mayberry, Jr.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

If they can’t get d’Arnaud, I’m guessing they would want Sanchez considering he is the 2nd best catching prospect.

SWB0781 .
1 year 6 months ago

Austin Hedges is definitely the #2 catching prospect in the minors right now. Not sure if Sanchez is even #3.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

not according to mlb prospect watch

Tom
1 year 6 months ago

Pretty much consensus around the league that Hedges is either the Number 1 or 2 catching prospect in the league. He beats out d’Arnaud in defense, but likely not the bat. If anyone is thinking Sanchez, who took a step back last year, is ahead of Hedges they’re not in their right mind.

edit: was just looking at Mayo’s uber top 100 list, Sanchez is 4th behind Alfaro.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Prospect rankings, like all projection systems, have differing results. For example BA has Hedges as #1, Sanchez #2 and d’Arnaud #3 because they don’t believe d’Ardnaud can stay healthy. Regardless I’d bet the D-Backs would be happy to have any of the three.

driftcat28
1 year 6 months ago

Idk much about the DBacks shortstops. How good are these guys anyway? Or how good can they be is the real question?

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

Decent power, decent speed, could be a .280 hitter, 15 homer guy in the majors for Owings.

Gregorius really isn’t ever gonna be a above-average shortstop. He has no standout offensive tool.

Croagnut
1 year 6 months ago

Not so sure about Owings.
1) Only 47 Hrs in 2140 plate appearances. So, not that much power.
2) Numbers are inflated due to playing in PCL (AKA Arena Baseball).
3) 28 BBs and 109 SOs in 636 PAs, in ’13. Terrible plate discipline.

I’d be cautious.

1 year 6 months ago

Tony Sanchez and Bryan Morris for one of them

mmiller54
1 year 6 months ago

Maybe a better player than morris as the second piece… but it could work.

Kevin McConnell
1 year 6 months ago

Sounds like the Diamondbacks should just wait out the market until they can get a top return; just work with Montero and Blanco and keep the depth. Best case they get a buttload in return closer to the deadline, or worst case they have insurance for when someone goes down to injury.

halflink123
1 year 6 months ago

dbacks are overplaying their hand IMO. They want a premier catching prospect in exchange for a middling SS prospect? Neither Owings or Gregorious are the second coming of Jeter or Larkin, let’s not kid ourselves. Plawecki should be plenty good enough for Owings as for Gregorius they can have him he hit horribly last year in the second half

Baseball
1 year 6 months ago

I heard Jesus Montero is available..

oleosmirf
1 year 6 months ago

Well the Mariners and D-Backs are in pretty much the same situation. Both have two young SS battling for 1 spot. While they keep talking about a platoon (more so in Arizona), at the end of the day, one of Gregorius or Owings and one of Franklin and Miller are going to be traded.

The Mets seem to be in a great position for either team. They have a major need at SS and have the pitching prospects (and C prospects) to make a move. Obviously Syndergaard and Montero wont be moved, but the Mets have strong minor league pitching depth that there is definitely a deal to be made.

The question is how much will Seattle and Arizona want for Gregorius and Franklin?

Dave Pierce
1 year 6 months ago

Because no-one has once mentioned the Pittsburgh Pirates just yet…

North
1 year 6 months ago

Translation: “Hey Towers you, you got what I neeeeeed.”