Translation: the Arizona Diamondbacks will not be finding an interested trade partner for Didi Gregorius anytime soon.
As the Diamondbacks have navigated the competition among their young shortstops, trade rumors have come and gone. With shortstop-needy teams like the New York Mets, many wondered if Gregorius would be the one available in trades.
Given his youth and potential versatility in the infield, it sounds like the Diamondbacks are reluctant to engage in trade talks for the 24-year-old. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Club officials remain in no rush to move Gregorius, except perhaps if they could get a quality young starting pitcher in return. Still, a future middle infield of Gregorius and Chris Owings only will become realistic if the D-Backs trade Hill, who is earning $12 million this season and $12 million in ’15.”
From the Diamondbacks’ perspective this makes sense: Gregorius is a young player that they view as valuable in their future plans. As such they will only part with him if they can land starting pitching. That line of thinking makes sense, so nobody can blame the Diamondbacks for that…as long as they understand that it is a pipe dream, that is.