SAN DIEGO -- It's a good thing Jerry Dipoto has unlimited minutes on his cell phone plan, because the D-backs' interim GM has spent plenty of time with it attached to his ear this month in advance of the July 31 Trade Deadline.
"It's been a canvassing, finding out where other teams are at," he said. "Obviously, we've exchanged a lot of rhetoric. I don't think anybody is really in a deal-making mode yet. We've been very open in discussing with teams what we'd be interested in doing."
Other than the deal that sent Cliff Lee from Seattle to Texas, there have not been any other major moves.
"I guarantee you it will change," Dipoto said. "You'll see action as it gets down to [the Deadline]. Cliff Lee was the first domino. Now where the market goes from here I'm not sure. There are a lot of really good players that are available that are right now and availability is a relative term. They are available, if, and there's always an if."
Dipoto took over after GM Josh Byrnes was dismissed on July 1.
"I was aware of where he left off with most teams, and since the switch, we've been in contact with each of the clubs and they understand what our position is and they understand us," Dipoto said.
While they will listen to offers on virtually any player on their roster, the D-backs do not appear to believe they need to make wholesale changes, preferring to tinker around the edges. Even ace Dan Haren is available, though the D-backs would need to get an awful lot in return so a deal involving him seems unlikely.
"We'll keep on carving through it," Dipoto said. "But we have nothing imminent right now."
Gibson trying to get Drew going
SAN DIEGO -- Interim D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had a brief meeting with shortstop Stephen Drew in his office Sunday morning.
The message: Keep pushing.
Drew was 0-for-7 in the first two games of the second half.
"Stephen is so hard on himself," Gibson said. "I would have to say that Stephen probably, of all the guys I've been around, is the most unlucky hitter I've ever seen. He's had some tough luck."
Drew started off the year on a tear but slumped in June, hitting just .231 during the month.
Still, Gibson knows the ability is there for Drew to become one of the National League's best hitting shortstops.
"He's a pure hitter," Gibson said. "You look at our matchup sheets against the real good backend bullpen guys, Stephen probably over anybody has the most consistency. He's got the swing and the ability to pretty much hit anybody."
Ryal gets learning experience
SAN DIEGO -- For D-backs left fielder Rusty Ryal it was a learning experience on a number of fronts.
Ryal made an ill-advised diving attempt to catch Tony Gwynn's fly ball in the sixth inning on Saturday night. When Ryal missed, it led to an inside-the-park home run.
The ball skipped past Ryal and rolled all the way to the wall as Gwynn circled the bases. Following the game, a still visibly upset Ryal refused to speak with reporters and added an expletive for good measure.
Sunday morning, he apologized to the media for his actions and said he now realizes that dealing with the press is a big part of his job.
As for the play itself, Ryal, who has primarily played infield throughout his pro career, chalked it up to the all-out way he plays the game.
"I'm so used to playing in the infield and going to get every ball that's hit," he said. "You're not thinking about there's no one behind you. I think the lesson learned there is it's not a lack of effort, it's not a lack of knowing what I'm doing, it's that I'm always trying to make a play and sometimes I'm going to miss it."
One observation that outfield coach Bo Porter made to Ryal was that when he ran after the ball, he kept looking over his shoulder to see where Gwynn was rather than just run hard after the ball.
"I've got to learn what Gibby is trying to teach me, what Bo is trying to teach me about how to play the game," said Ryal, referring to interim manager Kirk Gibson. "So if that mistake does happen, at least I can try to minimize it."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.