Greetings from the meetings

Woke up to snow on the ground here in Indianapolis, but maybe some hot stove action the next few days will help melt it.

For D-backs’ fans, though, I wouldn’t get my hopes up as it figures to be a quiet few days for the D-backs. Of course that could always change on a moment’s notice, but here are how are some thoughts on where things stand:

— The D-backs have discussed acquiring a starting pitcher via trade, but at this point it appears they’ve had trouble matching up with clubs. They don’t have the same kind of chips they’ve had in the past with regards to prospects, at least not those they are willing to deal.

It’s possible the D-backs could decide to take a contract off another team’s hands. Names like Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman have been floated, but it appears the Tigers are looking at this point more at trading Edwin Jackson and are looking for a young, low-salaried starter back, which would not seem to be what the D-backs could do at this point.

Keep in mind, even if the D-backs do reach an agreement on a trade in the next day or so, it would be unlikely that it would be announced here. They would need to do a full review of medicals on any pitcher and would need to give him a physical so we’re looking at a couple of days after an agreement before the trade would be announced.

— If they don’t go the trade route with regards to a starter, the D-backs will likely wait and see what happens with the free agent pitching market. They’re not in on John Lackey because of his price tag, but they could be a player for the rest of the pitchers on the market depending on how that market shapes up.

— As for adding to the bullpen, there are some that feel relievers could start disappearing off the free-agent board quicker than starters. If that happens, it’s possible the D-backs could jump on a reliever before they get a starter. Keep in mind, though, the priority is the rotation so they will need to leave the bulk of the $10 million they’ve got left to spend to address a starting pitcher.

— It would not surprise me if the D-backs decided to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. They have two open spots on the roster if they find someone to their liking.

Whatever winds up happening here in Indy, or if nothing ends up happening, we’ve got you covered here so keep checking back for updates. You can also follow me on Twitter if you like @dbackswriter.
 

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