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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
D-backs dispatch scout contingent to PSL

By Adam Rubin


Getty ImagesThe D-backs have a pair of shortstops: Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The most interesting sight on the back fields for Mets minor-league intrasquad games Tuesday was not newly demoted Noah Syndergaard pitching. It was the army of Arizona Diamondbacks scouts, as well as one from the Seattle Mariners, that were on hand watching Mets prospects.

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. Former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine was on hand representing the Mariners.

The Mariners and Diamondbacks are the two most likely trade partners for the Mets if they upgrade from Ruben Tejada, which remains a possibility. Arizona has shortstops Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings, while the Mariners are looking to trade Nick Franklin.