Dbacks willing to trade Gregorius, not Owings in search for pitcher

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are seeking to acquire a major league ready starting pitcher after they lost Opening Day starter Patrick Corbin to a UCL tear.

To acquire a starter for their rotation the Diamondbacks have made Didi Gregorius available via trade. The shortstop has lost out to Chris Owings for the starting gig in Arizona.

According to ESPN New York, the Diamondbacks sent scouts to watch a game involving Double-A and Triple-A members of the New York Mets minor league system. The scouts watched Noah Syndergaard, Logan Verrett and Jacob deGrom pitch though Syndergaard is not considered to be in any discussions.

The Diamondbacks will surely be scouring the waiver wire and awaiting any late cuts in camp as well.

Gregorius, 24, hit .252 with seven homers and 28 RBIs and had a .332 on-base percentage in 404 plate appearances with the D-backs last season. The Diamondbacks acquired him in a three-way deal in December of 2012 which also set Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.

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