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D-Backs scouting Red Sox

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 2, 2009 09:43 AM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks spent a lot of time scouting the Red Sox during the Atlanta and Baltimore series. While it could merely be normal coverage assignments with nothing cooking, the D-Backs might have a player who could be appealing to the Red Sox. Corner infielder Chad Tracy who has just come off the DL with an oblique strain is a chip the Diamondbacks would like to move. While Tracy spent most of his career as a third baseman (330 games) he's become more of a first baseman. His offensive production has declined since a productive early career.

The 6-2, 200-pound left-handed hitter does hit the ball the opposite way which could be a factor at Fenway. The Sox have Mike Lowell on the disabled list with his balky hip, but Lowell is already feeling better and should be able to go after the All-Star break.

The Red Sox really don't have a lot of obvious roster space to add another hitter with Rocco Baldelli and Mark Kotsay already occupying key bench spots. Julio Lugo has been hitting and he may be increasing his trade value.

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