- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Like the Mariners, the Diamondbacks have two MLB-ready shortstops: Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius.PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- While the trade attention has been on a potential match for the Mets in Seattle middle infielder Nick Franklin, the Arizona Diamondbacks also have an extra shortstop.
The industry scuttlebutt is that Towers would drive a hard bargain with the Mets because of a less-than-harmonious experience working for Sandy Alderson with the San Diego Padres.
"For us, it would have to be the right deal," Towers told Piecoro about the possibility of trading a shortstop. "Our biggest needs in our system are catching -- if it's the right, top-notch catching prospect, someone we could have right behind Miggy [Miguel Montero]. More of an upper-level guy. Maybe a top, upper-end starter. We have a lot of bullpen depth, infielders. Maybe an outfielder, but probably more catching and Double-A, Triple-A type starter."
Owings, 22, hit .291 with five RBIs in 55 at-bats last season after making his major league debut Sept. 3.
Gregorius, 24, hit .252 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 357 at-bats in 2013. He was acquired by the D-backs from the Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 11, 2012 in a three-team deal that included the Cleveland Indians sending Shin-Soo Choo to Cincy.