The Arizona Diamondbacks have yet to decide between Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius as their starting shortstop for the 2014 season. Whoever loses the battle is widely speculated to traded instead of head back to Triple A Reno. Several teams have been linked to the D’backs, the most prominent being the New York Mets. Another potential trading partner decided to strike today.
The Detroit Tigers acquired Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, who himself had just been traded to Detroit three months earlier. The Tigers had a need at shortstop when it was announced last week that highly-touted Jose Iglesias would miss most, if not all of the 2014 season because of stress fractures in both legs. It is interesting to note that Gonzalez has not played the position regularly at the Major League level since 2011 and is now 37 years old. If the D’backs were to have gotten involved with the Tigers, the price for Gregorius or Owings would be considerably higher than Lombardozzi, a 25-year old with Minor League options.
One team is off the boards. There is still ongoing saga in New York and as Bryan Rose at our fellow FanSided site calltothepen wrote, Arizona and the Pittsburgh Pirates have had talks involving Gregorius. There will be no shortage of suitors but General Manager Kevin Towers and company better decide soon on a starter if they don’t want to dance alone.
Keep checking back for all of the latest news regarding any possible deal.