Baseball's general managers meetings at the Arizona Biltmore ended Friday, and like almost every other team, the Diamondbacks left having talked about plenty of trades and making none.
“It was a good week,” D-Backs GM Joe Garagiola Jr. said. “We got to see a lot of people face-to-face (and have) a lot of good conversations we'll follow up on.
“I didn't come in with any specific yardstick in terms of what needed to be accomplished. But I think in terms of both disseminating and acquiring information, this has been a very successful week.”
Still, Arizona has yet to shed any payroll by moving high-salaried players, and that is a prerequisite to adding offense in a deal. With the New York Yankees the only team in the market for Curt Schilling (who turned 37 Friday), they can apparently low-ball the D-Backs in trade offers and test the team's urgency to shed the $12 million that goes with him.
“There's a lot of information that needs to be reported back to ownership by all of us who were here and get further direction,” Garagiola said.
Officials of the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers had a lengthy meeting Friday, probably about first baseman Richie Sexson, whom the D-Backs are also interested in acquiring from the Brewers.
Left fielder Luis Gonzalez, attempting to avoid surgery for a torn ligament in his right elbow, will begin upper-body weight work Monday after being examined Friday by team doctor Michael Lee.
Trainer Paul Lessard said Gonzalez will build up his exercises over two weeks and is six weeks away from even picking up a baseball. The torn ligament — a Grade 2 sprain — was discovered in an MRI last month, and Gonzalez will try to play through it by building the muscles in his forearm and wrist.
Last weekend's celebrity roast of D-Backs and Suns managing general partner Jerry Colangelo raised $725,000 for Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks Charities.