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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 FoxSports.com 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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