9/11/2013 10:16 P.M. ET
Young D-backs still have plenty to play for
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- With 18 games left, including Wednesday night's game with the Dodgers, the D-backs' chances of making the postseason are all but gone, but that does not mean the games are meaningless.
Players like Tuffy Gosewisch, Wil Nieves, Matt Davidson, Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius are among those players who have a chance to strengthen their chances of making the roster next season.
Nieves and Gosewisch are both candidates to back up catcher Miguel Montero next year, while Owings and Gregorius are still jockeying to be considered the team's shortstop of the future.
Davidson, too, has the chance to show GM Kevin Towers that he could be the power bat the team would like to add in the offseason.
"We start to evaluate more how we're going to move forward," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "So I want to make sure and give all these guys opportunity."
D-backs likely to add power this offseason
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs' offense has hit a rough stretch of late, and GM Kevin Towers said Wednesday that the injuries the team has suffered this year could make it difficult to determine what, if any, changes need to be made to the lineup for 2014.
"I still believe in guys like [catcher Miguel] Montero and [second baseman Aaron] Hill and [third baseman] Martin Prado. I think [outfielder Adam] Eaton will be better next year. [Outfielder Gerardo] Parra is Parra, kind of a normal year for him."
There does seem to be one thing that Towers has already targeted heading into the offseason.
"I think we need to be conscious of maybe another power bat," Towers said. "I'm not expecting Aaron to go out and hit 30 home runs every year, but I think if Aaron can stay healthy for a full year, I think he's a 20 home run guy. I would like to think at some point Montero is a 20 home run guy. We probably could use another big bat somewhere in our lineup."
Towers said the two most likely positions to add a power bat to would be a corner-outfield spot or third base.
A lot could depend on how outfielder Cody Ross progresses this offseason as he tries to return from a dislocated and fractured right hip.
"I would say it's probably less likely a free agent," Towers said of the power bat. "It might be you could move one of your center fielders for a corner outfielder. There's a couple of free agents out there.
"More than likely it's going to come via trade. That's if we decide to move one of our guys, we think our center fielders, for a corner outfielder."
Towers hasn't heard any player complaints
LOS ANGELES -- D-backs GM Kevin Towers was taken aback by a recent report by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that said that some D-backs players were unhappy with Arizona manager Kirk Gibson's lineup changes and related better to third-base coach Matt Williams.
Towers said he was surprised when Rosenthal called him for a comment.
"That's news to me," Towers said. "I haven't had any players come to me and I haven't heard that."
Towers has maintained his support for Gibson and said the responsibility for the club not fulfilling expectations falls on everyone's shoulders.
"Everyone wants to start pointing blame," Towers said. "When people say that they should speak up and put their name next to it. If that was the case and players are unhappy they should approach me or approach Gibby. They don't need to be running to [the media]."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.