The Arizona Diamondbacks have several targets on their offseason wish list, but one upgrade that they are expecting to seriously focus in on is adding a left-handed power bat. General manager Kevin Towers told reporters -- including Steve Gilbert of MLB.com -- that the team is "probably in need of a left-handed bat," adding that the position is something that's more likely to be filled through trade than free agency.
"We're probably in need of a left-handed bat," he
said. "We're a little more right-handed dominant other than Adam Eaton
and Gerardo Parra."
The right-handed heavy lineup that Towers refers to includes the likes of Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill and Martin Prado. Left-handed hitting regulars for the Diamondbacks include Miguel Montero, Didi Gregorius and the aforementioned Parra and Eaton.
Towers isn't a big believer in this year's free-agent class, as he indicated Arizona is more likely to acquire a left-handed hitter via trade. He feels the Diamondbacks have the farm system and flexibility to match up with teams potentially interested in making a deal.
"We're going to look at free agents, but I think this
is one of the weaker free-agent markets I've seen in some time, so that might
lead us toward looking at trade partners more," Towers said. "I think
there's some clubs we might match up pretty well with, considering they've got
depth in areas we have needs and we have depth in areas where they have
Arizona was middle-of-the-pack when it came to production against right-handed pitchers, posting an OPS of .722. Adding an impact left-handed bat could certainly help in this area, and it would also provide their lineup with more of a balance.
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