PHOENIX The Diamondbacks will be active at the winter meetings; that much is certain. A quick glance at general manager Kevin Towers resume is convincing in itself. The meetings are Towers playground.
At the same time, a blockbuster trade involving Justin Upton is not on the table now and would only happen if one of the big-money teams -- Texas still appears to be the most logical trading partner -- comes off its current offer in order to acquire a big bat, according to a source with knowledge of the D-backs situation.
Its possible. It depends how desperate teams get, the source said of an Upton deal.
Barring that, expect the D-backs to return from the meetings in Nashville., Tenn., with Upton in the middle of the order and:
a role player with some pop in his bat to back up both first base and third base, likely a left-handed hitter since both Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Johnson are right-handed, and probably a free agent.
another left-hander to join newcomer Matt Reynolds in...