Diamondbacks Searching For Starters, Relief Help, Bench Bats

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) President & Chief Executive Officer Derrick Hall Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers and Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick of the Arizona Diamondbacks attend the Major League Baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on September 22 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With the re-signing of second baseman Aaron Hill, the Arizona Diamondbacks' have finished acquiring starting positional players. So now the question is: where will the D'Backs turn their attention to?

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic offers insight on what GM Kevin Towers will look to acquire starting during the winter meetings in Milwaukee. Let's take a look:

  • There's possibly only one spot left for another positional player, and it will be a bench bat at that. The team can give the roster spot to Collin Cowgill, who would serve as a fourth outfielder. But that would make Geoff Blum the club's only left-handed hitter off the bench.
  • The other option could be to pursue a left-handed hitter through free agency on a minor-league deal, but a good chance of making the team out of spring training. Piecoro wonders if Mark Kotsay, a versatile defender and left-handed hitter, would fit the bill.
  • D'Backs GM Kevin Towers noted the he may pursue left-handed relief help.
  • Lastly, the D'Backs have to make some decisions in regards to their rotation. If they can find a Hiroki Kuroda, Mark Buehrle type of pitcher, they wouldn't have to tender southpaw Joe Saunders a contract. Saunders, 30, is expected to earn a raise from the $5.5 million he earned in 2011. The team already has sensational depth waiting in the minors; from Jarrod Parker to Trevor Bauer.
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