Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop.
The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with Chris Owings, Ketel Marte and prospect Ildemaro Vargas all options, and Owings has had a red-hot spring, hitting .395 with two homers to give him an apparent leg up on the starting job.
The Padres could use help at the position, and they have a manager in Andy Green who is known to be a fan of Ahmed’s. Green was Ahmed’s manager at Double-A and was the Diamondbacks’ third base coach in 2015. The Padres had a heavy scouting presence at Tuesday’s Diamondbacks game, in which Ahmed started at short.
The Rays lack a plus defender at the position on their major league roster, and starter Matt Duffy is expected to open the season on the disabled list. The Yankees have Didi Gregorius, but he’s expected to miss six weeks with a shoulder injury.