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The D-Backs have a surplus of young shortstops, but are looking for a young, big-league catcher or front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher in a deal, D-Backs GM Kevin Towers said (Piecoro, Feb. 27).

The Mets and D-Backs met during the Winter Meetings, but did not find any common ground (Rubin, Dec. 10).

“It’s been pretty quiet of late,” Towers said. “With Stephen Drew still out there right now, I haven’t had much trade discussions. ... For us, it would have to be the right deal,”

Let's be clear, Towers is talking about a Travis d'Arnaud or Noah Syndergaard, not a Kevin Plawecki or Jake deGrom.

Yes, Cliff Pennington is under contract through 2014, and they have Didi GregoriusChris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects, but they've had ample opportunities to make a deal this offseason and they haven't. Arizona has said in public that they’re fine platooning these guys, and the competition between Gregorious and Owings is knee-deep in their spring camp, which is not the worst problem to have.

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