Lineups, trade rumors and Ortega to BayBears

Random news and notes…

So it seems that the whole Miguel Montero (2002-03) story doesn’t want to go away, even if both sides aren’t talking contract extension. Now, those that are talking about it are talking trade, with the ability to fill key needs among the top of the list. Citing the money Montero would get on the open market, some writers feel that a trade would be the best thing for the D-backs.

For now, though, Miggy will bat fourth and possibly Paul Goldschmidt 7th in the latest projected D-backs’ starting lineups. There is another one here, complete with a look at the rotatoin and more.

– Here is an update on the first week of the Diamondbacks’ Spring Training, including the first roster move of the season – which was relief pitcher Yonata Ortega (2007) being optioned to Double-A Mobile. Also, a roundtable discussion on the D-backs, from the AZ Snake Pit crew.

– A follow-up from an earlier post – close to 50 D-back minor-leaguers were invited to come in for early work this spring. Needless to say, farm director Mike Bell was shocked at the actual number that did come in to camp before the official start this past weekend.

One more note … coming up on Friday, Osprey radio voice Ben Catley will reveal his picks for the next former Osprey pitcher and position player to make their MLB debuts. It apparently has been in the works for the past couple of weeks, but he’s now ready to take a shot at it, and you may be surprised at some of the names he throws out to all of you.

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