12/10/08 1:14 AM EST
D-backs have little to show for busy day
Left-handed reliever, Montero trade rumors stay on front burner
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The D-backs are a good example of that as they continued on Tuesday to meet with teams and agents without any deals being done.
"As always, we're active, but nothing to report at this time," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said.
The D-backs did make an offer to a free-agent left-handed reliever, though Byrnes declined to say which one. The club has talked with numerous ones that are out there, including Joe Beimel, but the best fit would seem to be Arthur Rhodes.
Rhodes, 39, began the 2008 season with the Mariners before being dealt to the Marlins on July 31, and he finished the year 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 61 games.
Dan Horwits, Rhodes' agent, said that there are three finalists for his client, including the Reds.
"Arthur is getting to the point of making a decision in the next 24-48 hours," Horwits said Tuesday.
Rhodes pitched for Arizona manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Bryan Price when the pair held similar roles with the Mariners in 2003 and went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 67 games.
The D-backs continue shopping for a second baseman to replace Orlando Hudson, who is expected to sign elsewhere. They met with agent Scott Boras, who represents infielder Felipe Lopez, late Monday night. It's not known whether Lopez was the primary topic because Boras represents other Arizona players such as Stephen Drew and Tony Pena.
Arizona lost out on second baseman Mark Loretta on Monday when he signed with the Dodgers, but the D-backs didn't seem too heartbroken about it.
"It is what it is," Byrnes said. "There are a lot of second-base options out there and he was one of them so we'll continue to explore."
There was a report from WEEI.com that Boston rejected a proposal in which the D-backs offered catcher Miguel Montero in exchange for Michael Bowden, a right-handed starting prospect.
Montero has been one of the D-backs' main trading chips this winter, but there have been conflicting reports with some saying the club would rather trade Chris Snyder. Several officials disputed that, and there was another report that said the D-backs would hang onto both catchers.
It appears, though, that the D-backs don't feel a need to move either catcher unless they get what they feel is a fair return.
"We've had a very good catching combination," Byrnes said. "I think they're both very good and very capable of being frontline guys. There's value to holding onto them and there's potential value to at least assess trade interest."
One rumor making the rounds was that the D-backs had discussed trading outfielder Conor Jackson to the Braves for second baseman Kelly Johnson. While the D-backs like Johnson and the Braves have long been interested in Jackson, there likely will not be a trade proposal involving the pair.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.