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NL West Notes: Padres seeking shortstop depth, Matt Moore’s ace potential

The latest from around the National League West.

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Though Erick Aybar is expected to start at shortstop for the Padres, the club is still considering long-term options, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Aybar is set to become a free agent at the end of the year, which could create a sense of urgency for San Diego. Over 126 games last season, he hit .243/.303/.320 with three home runs and 34 RBIs. Still, he has proven to become a productive shortstop in the past.

Here is the latest from around the the National League West:

  • Ross Stripling is preparing for any kind of role for the Dodgers, who need versatility with a fairly defined roster.

  • At one point, several teams were competing to add Matt Moore. Can he prove to be an ace with the Giants?

  • Chad Bettis will undergo additional chemotherapy, which is just awful news.

  • Ketel Marte doesn’t walk much, but nonetheless, he will be a key part of Arizona’s 2017 season.

  • Jered Weaver pitched with the Padres, who are hoping he can have more success than he did with the Angels, for the first time this week.