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Didi Gregorius made his first career start at second base on Saturday.

With Aaron Hill getting a day off, Gregorius got the call after starting his first 104 career games at shortstop. That Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is finding a way to get his bat in the lineup is no surprise -- he has four hits, four runs scored and two home runs in his two games since being recalled. Chris Owings started at shortstop on Saturday.

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Didi Gregorius hit his second leadoff homer in as many starts Friday against the Braves.

We're not sure this is a good thing for the Diamondbacks. Chris Owings was doing very steady work as the team's shortstop -- he was hitting .285/.323/.462 in 186 at-bats -- yet now he's taken a seat in favor of Gregorius two of the last three games. Gregorius, of course, started out like gangbusters last year, too, but quickly turned mediocre afterwards, which allowed Owings to win the job this spring. Gregorius may well be one of the game's 30 best shortstops, but Owings is better and doesn't deserve to sit against right-handers. The best-case scenario for Arizona would be if Gregorius's quick start could allow him to bring back a quality young outfielder or pitcher in trade.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 2 Months

Diamondbacks recalled INF Didi Gregorius from Triple-A Reno.

He'll replace the injured Cliff Pennington (thumb) on the active roster and will serve as Chris Owings' backup. Gregorius, last year's starting shortstop for Arizona, was hitting .310/.389/.447 through 57 games in Triple-A this season.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 2 Months

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets "continue to monitor" Didi Gregorius.

The Mets had talks with the D'Backs during spring training about the shortstop, but nothing ever materialized. Arizona's recent addition of Tony La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer could complicate any potential trades they'd make in the near term, so it's doubtful a deal is going to happen anytime soon. Martino notes that Brad Miller and Nick Franklin "remain possibilities", although "there has been nothing lately" as far as talks go between the Mets and Mariners. The Mets also want to give Wilmer Flores a shot at shortstop.

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Diamondbacks optioned INF Didi Gregorius to Triple-A Reno.

The 24-year-old struggled with the bat in Cactus League play, slashing .222/.255/.267 in 45 at-bats, losing out on the team's starting shortstop job to Chris Owings. The team is exploring trade options for him, but until he earns a full-time gig someplace, he remains irrelevant in most fantasy leagues.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 4 Months

Didi Gregorius lost out to Chris Owings in the starting shortstop battle and will start the year in the minors, per the Diamondbacks' Twitter page.

Owings was looking like the favorite to win the job, and the team made it official Saturday. Gregorius will likely be sent to Triple-A Reno, where he'll be the starting shortstop. It's likely that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers explores a trade for the 24-year-old in the coming days.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 4 Months

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Pirates have had discussions with the Diamondbacks about a trade involving young shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Another strong indication that Chris Owings is going to open the 2014 regular season as the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop. Gregorius is very good defensively, but he batted just .202/.294/.284 over his final 65 games in 2013 and there's little hope for a major turnaround on that front. The Pirates are poised to start the defensively-challenged Jordy Mercer this year at short.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 4 Months

As planned, Didi Gregorius got the start for the Diamondbacks on Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Starting Gregorius over Chris Owings against a lefty didn't make much sense, but this was all part of Kirk Gibson's plan. Owings ended up pinch-hitting after Paco Rodriguez retired Gregorius in the seventh and singled. Gregorius did have a nice game defensively, but that's most of what he has to offer. Unless he's traded, he figures to be optioned to Triple-A later this week.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 4 Months

ESPN New York is reporting that the Diamondbacks are making Didi Gregorius -- and not Chris Owings -- available in trade discussions.

Arizona is targeting a starting pitcher to offset the loss of intended Opening Day starter Patrick Corbin (UCL tear). Three D'Back scouts took in a Mets intrasquad game involving Double-A and Triple-A players Tuesday; starters Noah Syndergaard, Logan Verrett and Jacob deGrom all pitched in that game. Over his first 38 games last season, Gregorius hit .322. He slashed .202/.294/.284 in his remaining 65 games. Owings, obviously favored for the starting shortstop job, is one of the game's best prospects at that position.

Didi Gregorius 2B/SS ARI 4 Months

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Diamondbacks scouts were on hand to watch Mets prospects on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.

It's an interesting note given that Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings have come up in trade rumors and the Mets are on the lookout for a shortstop. Owings is reportedly favored for the starting shortstop job for Arizona, so Gregorius might be the more realistic target. Mariners scouts have also been a presence at Mets camp this winter, as speculation continues about a possible match involving Nick Franklin.