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Hampton done, Blanco not

The D-backs have agreed to terms with left-hander Mike Hampton on a one-year contract and are expected to announce it later today.

It is a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.

In other news, the D-backs have strong interest in veteran backup catcher Henry Blanco, but a baseball source said a deal at the moment was “not close.”

Hampton was signed by the D-backs last August and in 10 games down the stretch for them, Hampton did not allow a run in 4 1/3 innings.

D-backs GM Kevin Towers told reporters Tuesday that he expected to hear back from Hampton on the team’s offer to him Wednesday.

Towers has remade the bullpen in recent weeks, but the one thing he was still looking to add was a left-hander.

Tidbits from Day 2 of Winter Meetings

Here are a few tidbits that didn’t make it into my story Tuesday from the Winter Meetings:

– When asked about who would pitch the eighth inning for him, GM Kevin Towers said he would have to wait and see before adding, “It might be Jarrod Parker. You never know.”

Parker, of course, is the team’s top pitching prospect and a starter, who missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. So naturally when Towers mentioned it, all of our ears pricked up and he was asked if he was serious.

“We’ll wait and see how the spring goes,” Towers said. “I would say it’s probably highly unlikely. He needs to be built up. I view him a little like [Jake] Peavy. To me he is a guy you put right into the rotation.”

So don’t look for Parker to be coming out of the pen any time soon. Although, with The Gunslinger, you never know.

– A few new contract details about LHP Zach Duke’s mutual option for 2012. It is worth $5.5 million, but goes up to $6 million if he throws 175 innings in 2011, $6.5 if he throws 190 innings and $7 million if he throws 205. The buyout of $750,000 remains the same regardless.

– Heard that the D-backs had interest in Matt Diaz, but felt he was too expensive.

– Free agent Marcus Thames could be a possibility for left field.

– D-backs don’t seem inclined to sign a front-line first baseman.

D-backs pushing hard to get Putz

The D-backs are pushing hard to get free agent right-hander J.J. Putz signed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2013.

Putz would slide into the role of closer as new GM Kevin Towers continues to try and remake the Arizona bullpen.

Putz, who will be 34 in February, was 7-5 with three saves and a 2.83 ERA in 60 games for the White Sox in 2010. The D-backs had attempted to sign him last offseason.

D-backs agree with Melvin Mora

The D-backs filled their hole at third base by signing Melvin Mora to a one-year contract.

Mora, who will be 39 in February, hit .285 with seven homers and 45 RBIs in 354 plate appearances for the Rockies in 2010.

Mora will get the bulk of the playing time now that the D-backs have dealt Mark Reynolds to the Orioles.

MacPhail on Reynolds

Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said the two teams are “making progress” towards a Reynolds deal.

“We have a few things going and you never really know when you are going
to be able to reach across and do something,” MacPhail said. “We have a
variety of things and what comes to fruition and when you just don’t
know.”

David Hernandez is the player the D-backs are looking at as the centerpiece of the deal.

When Josh Byrnes was GM in Arizona he tried to acquire Hernandez and
interim-GM Jerry Dipoto also tried prior to last season’s trade
deadline.

Strong progress on Reynolds to Orioles

Orioles GM Andy MacPhail says there has been strong progress on talks regarding Mark Reynolds. More to follow.

Meetings have started

Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotel here in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but we’ll see if the D-backs are celebrating when the next few days are over.

I’m hearing that the D-backs are not in on reliever Brian Fuentes, though, they will be looking long and hard for relief pitching this week.

There’s a very strong chance that Reynolds could get dealt with Baltimore right now holding the upper hand in that.

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C.J. Wilson’s reaction

Yeah, I know I’m a little behind on posting this, but Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson tweeted the following when he saw T.R. Sullivan’s post that the D-backs offered catcher Chris Snyder for Wilson during the meetings:

borderline offended by az’s offer…dude hit 200!

Closing in

Looks like the three-way trade is going to happen.

D-backs would give up Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth and receive pitchers Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson.

More details to follow.

Thoughts on proposed blockbuster

It is sounding like the reported three-way blockbuster between the D-backs, Yankees and Tigers has cooled, but let’s review what the FOXsports.com report said last night:

D-backs get:
Ian Kennedy
Edwin Jackson

D-backs give up:
Max Scherzer
2 Prospects

Now, obviously without knowing the identity of the two prospects it’s impossible to fully evaluate the deal, but two thoughts jump to mind:

1. You can see how this makes sense for the D-backs in terms of getting two pitchers for the price of one. Plus that would free them up to spend the bulk of the $10 million they have left to spend this winter on shoring up the offense rather than having to get a free agent pick up someone’s bad contract in order to land a starting pitcher.

2. Boy, it sure would be hard to part with a pitcher like Max Scherzer, who has such a tremendous upside.

Even if the deal is not likely to happen, I am curious as to your initial thoughts/reactions.

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