This weekend the Arizona Diamondbacks apparently made a play to land free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran before he inked a three-year deal with the New York Yankees. But while they didn’t land Beltran, the Diamondbacks tipped their hand in a way and let the rest of the league know they were going hard after a big name outfielder.
That’s why it’s not a great surprise to hear Ken Rosenthal’s report that the team is now in the running to sign outfielder Shin-Soo Choo this offseason.
Source: #Dbacks on Choo. Active on multiple fronts. Could sign Choo and trade for pitcher, or trade for Trumbo and sign FA pitcher.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
As Rosenthal points out in his report, the Diamondbacks have options when it comes to filling the need they have in the outfield as well as shoring up their rotation. This weekend it was reported that Arizona offered Beltran more than $45 million before the outfielder opted for that amount with the New York Yankees, so it’s not as if the Diamondbacks aren’t at least trying to lure someone in.
The Angels have made it known they intend to trade Mark Trumbo, and with Rosenthal’s report that he’s on the Diamondbacks’ radar it seems to imply that if Arizona doesn’t land Choo it’s not the end of the world.