The Diamondbacks considered acquiring Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg and trading Chad Tracy to the Pirates for left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez. But, like virtually every other team interested in Gonzalez, they wanted the Pirates to include a second player in the deal.
AROUND THE HORN
The Pirates not only are refusing to trade any of their young starting pitchers, but they also are unwilling to part with center fielder Chris Duffy, who enhanced his standing by playing well at the end of last season. Duffy is a strong defender and energetic player, and the Pirates lack an internal replacement. The Braves wanted Duffy along with Gonzalez for first baseman Adam LaRoche.
...it's a shame that everyone wants more along with Gonzalez. If so, they are missing out on one fine reliever. On the second part, the unwillingness to trade Duffy baffles me. I don't think he is accountable for that many wins to this team and he's still yet to prove himself. If McCutchen is the future at that position, I believe McLouth would do a good enough job to hold it down for the time being.