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Diamondbacks in the middle of arms race

Kevin Towers knows the Diamondbacks bullpen needs a little help, and he’s constantly searching for extra arms.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the Diamondbacks GM would love to acquire one of his old relievers from San Diego.

In a perfect world, Towers would trade for one of his old Padres’ relievers, right-hander Mike Adams, and go with a late-inning trio of Adams, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz. The Padres, though, are unlikely to trade Adams – and they sure aren’t sending him to Towers.

The Diamondbacks believe that the Giants’ greatest advantage over them is in the bullpen, but one rival executive points out that the D-Backs also possess an inferior rotation – and are particularly vulnerable behind right-handers Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson.

The bullpen’s meltdown Sunday in Detroit will likely only strengthen Towers’ desire to make a deal, and you’d have to think the Padres would send someone to Arizona if the D-backs presented the best offer. That, though, could mean overpaying for a player who may — or may not — be the difference in winning the division.

And therein lies the rub.

Giving up a top prospect, as the Diamondbacks know all too well, is a risky proposition. If, as the rival executive suggests, the D-backs need more than bullpen help to overtake the Giants, any such move could be one the team regrets at a later date.

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