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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 SS ARI 25 Days

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Didi Gregorius finished 3-for-4 with three singles and a stolen base on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Gregorius broke out of his spring slump with a multi-hit day. The 24-year-old is competing with Chris Owings for the starting shortstop job.

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The offensive woes for Didi Gregorius continued on Friday, as the young shortstop went 0-for-2 in a losing effort against the Athletics.

Gregorius is now just 3-for-17 (.176) in the early Cactus League season. He's battling with Chris Owings to become the team's starting shortstop, but neither competitor has come out of the gate swinging. Fantasy owners are likely rooting for Owings to claim the job outright, as he profiles as a much more productive player across the board.

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Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers acknowledged Wednesday that he's open to trading a shortstop.

Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings are currently battling over starting duties in Diamondbacks camp. The loser of that competition could be shipped to another team before Opening Day. "For us, it would have to be the right deal," Towers told the Arizona Republic. "Our biggest needs in our system are catching. If it's the right, top-notch catching prospect. Someone we could have right behind [Miguel Montero]. More of an upper-level guy. Maybe a top, upper-end starter. We have a lot of bullpen depth, infielders. Maybe an outfielder, but probably more catching and Double-A, Triple-A type starter."

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Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Didi Gregorius is the "favorite" to win the starting shortstop job this spring, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.

"To me, the favorite has to be Didi," Towers said. "He was our shortstop last year. For a rookie, I thought he played very, very well." Towers goes on to say he thought Gregorius wore down near the end of the season, contributing to his poor finish at the plate. Gregorius and top prospect Chris Owings will vie for the starting gig in the coming weeks, with the loser likely starting the season at Triple-A Reno. Owings winning the job would certainly be the preference for fantasy owners, but it seems he'll have to earn it. It's definitely a battle worth watching.