The Arizona Diamondbacks are walking a fine line with their starting rotation as they look ahead to the 2014 season. The loss of Patrick Corbin combined with the injury issues for Bronson Arroyo leave them little margin for error in a rotation that was arguably already thin.
General manager Kevin Towers insists that the team is comfortable with their current options and that they will not pursue another starting pitcher. From Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
#Dbacks GM Kevin Towers said he is not actively seeking pitching help right now and is not expecting a trade.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) March 22, 2014
If the Diamondbacks did look for a trade their main negotiating chips are their shortstops (Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings). There is no scenario in which either of those guys would land them a big league-ready arm, however, and so it is hard to envision what such a trade would even look like.
Given their aggressive pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka this off-season, we probably shouldn’t be inclined to take Arizona’s front office at their word that they are comfortable with their rotation. The Diamondbacks are now left to count on the development of Randall Delgado and the health of guys like Arroyo, Brandon McCarthy, and Trevor Cahill to give them a chance to contend with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.