When it was apparent that Chris Owings had secured the starting shortstop job for the Arizona Diamondbacks, there were many who thought that youngster Didi Gregorius would be the subject of trade talks.
While the D-Backs did demote Gregorius to Triple-A Reno, they are apparently not ready to put him on the trading block just yet.
MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert has reported that Arizona demoted Gregorius not necessarily because they didn’t want him on the roster, but out of pitching necessity.
“It appeared that (both) would be kept, in addition to backup Cliff Pennington, but the D-backs decided to carry 13 pitchers rather than 12, leaving them needing to eliminate one position player on the bench, making Gregorius the odd man out.”
Several teams had shown interest in Gregorius, but Arizona GM Kevin Towers has basically stated that the team isn’t interested in finding a buyer, despite his demotion to the minors. “We think the world of Didi,” Towers said. “I hope he stays a D-back for a long time. I think at some point in time we’re going to need Didi Gregorius on the 25-man (roster).”
With the way players have been dropping around the league this spring, having depth on hand in the minors isn’t the worst contingency plan in the world.