LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In some ways it was a quiet Winter Meetings for the D-backs, with no deals done outside of a Rule 5 selection, but the club had plenty of discussions which could prove fruitful."This is one of the quieter ones," GM Mike Hazen said of the
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In some ways it was a quiet Winter Meetings for the D-backs, with no deals done outside of a Rule 5 selection, but the club had plenty of discussions which could prove fruitful.
"This is one of the quieter ones," GM Mike Hazen said of the Meetings. "It wasn't quiet at all underneath the surface, which is encouraging that things will still get done. The fear is leaving here and the urgency of being in a hotel for four days and we lose that heading into the holidays, but we're going to still stay aggressive, we're going to still try and make things happen."
There were some D-backs rumors around the Meetings, with a few teams inquiring about ace right-hander Zack Greinke as well discussions revolving around lefty Patrick Corbin and infielder Brandon Drury.
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The D-backs will continue to hunt for bullpen arms. They have offers out to several free-agent relievers, according to Hazen, and are hopeful of hearing back soon.
In addition, the club would still like to add a catcher after losing Chris Iannetta to free agency. Currently, the D-backs have Jeff Mathis, Chris Herrmann and John Ryan Murphy on their 40-man roster.
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It's worth noting that while it would be nice for the D-backs to make up for the offense that Iannetta gave them, they put a heavy emphasis on the defensive aspect of the catching position and look at any production at the plate by their backstops as a bonus. The front office felt a big reason the pitching staff took a big step forward last season was because of the improved defense behind the plate.
The D-backs also have a need for outfield depth. They've stayed in touch with free agent J.D. Martinez, but a reunion seems unlikely given the type of contract he is seeking. While it would be hard to find someone to replace Martinez's production, the team would like to add at least another outfielder to go along with what they hope will be a return to health for Yasmany Tomas.
The D-backs selected right-handed reliever Albert Suarez from the Giants and they expect him to compete for a bullpen spot this spring. Arizona also lost outfielder Victor Reyes to the Tigers and right-hander Brad Keller to the Reds.
GM'S bottom line
"I mean as much as we all try to jam into things in these four days, there's a lot of information that was shared which I think could be helpful moving forward. I think one of the things we've tried to stay consistent with is remaining disciplined to what we're trying to get done, and if those things don't happen, there's no reason to force it." -- Hazen
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.