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With Shortstop to Deal, Diamondbacks Send Scouts to Port St. Lucie

By Danny Abriano

It would behoove the Mets to find a starting shortstop – externally – between now and Opening Day. The two teams the Mets likely match up best with for a potential trade are the Mariners and Diamondbacks, and the latter made their presence known at Port St. Lucie on Tuesday afternoon.

Feb 26, 2014; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop

Chris Owings

(16) rounds third base and scores during the eighth inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the game 4-1Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adam Rubin, the Diamondbacks – who may look to deal either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owingssent three scouts to watch Mets farmhands Tuesday:

"Arizona dispatched special assistant Todd Greene and two other scouts. They saw Syndergaard facing right-hander Logan Verrett on a back field, as well as Kevin Plawecki behind the plate."

Rubin noted that Mariners scout Joe McIlvaine, who has been a regular presence at Mets camp, was on hand as well.


A few weeks back, it was reported that the Diamondbacks were seeking a young, high upside catcher in return for one of their shortstops.

However, now that ace Patrick Corbin is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, Arizona may instead search for a starting pitcher in exchange for either Gregorius or Owings.

The Mariners, who have been having discussions with interested teams about Nick Franklin, are reportedly interested in a young, relatively inexpensive starting pitcher in any potential deal.

The Mets have been scouting Franklin recently in an effort to determine if he can handle shortstop on a regular basis.

As far as Arizona’s shortstops are concerned, most feel that Didi Gregorius is the player who will likely be dealt. However, it won’t hurt if the Mets ask the Diamondbacks what it would take to land Chris Owings instead.

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