PHOENIX -- General manager Kevin Towers laid out the Diamondbacks offseason shopping list in pretty plain terms Thursday.
The D-backs are seeking, in about this order:
1. a shortstop
2. a third baseman
3. a power arm for the back of the bullpen
4. a situational left-hander
5. a starting pitcher
Priority No. 1 is probably the left side of our infield, Towers said.
Because of a thin free-agent market, Towers expects to address most of those needs via trades.
Towers also seemed to alert any potential suitors to the cost for right fielder Justin Upton, indicating it would take a high-level position player and a pitcher, both presumably available to be plugged right in, for the D-backs to consider a move. Towers, like managing partner Ken Kendrick, said he expects Upton to return in 2013, although he also said he will field calls in case he gets Godfathered with a deal he cannot refuse.
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