D-backs expect to be busy after pre-Meetings moves

New Arizona brass has already acquired Hellickson, Ray for rotation, Tomas for lineup

D-backs expect to be busy after pre-Meetings moves

SAN DIEGO -- You can count on the rumors to be flying around downtown San Diego this week as baseball's annual Winter Meetings get underway here Monday.

Will there be many actual deals or signings? Will the D-backs be able to further make moves to strengthen their team for a bounceback in 2015?

Stay tuned to dbacks.com for all the latest D-backs information, and you can follow me on twitter @stevegilbertmlb for even more up-to-the-minute information.

This should be an interesting few days for Dave Stewart, who will get his first taste of the Meetings as a general manager.

So far this offseason, Stewart has been aggressive, trading for Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson and then catching most of the baseball world off guard by agreeing with Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas on a six-year, $68.5 million deal. Arizona also acquired left-hander Robbie Ray and Minor League infielder Domingo Leyba in exchange for shortstop Didi Gregorius in a three-team trade with the Tigers and Yankees.

Still on the wish list is a power-hitting left-handed bat, though, that would likely require some other movement to free up money, as the D-backs are already looking at being around the $100 million mark for payroll.

"I think we'll be busy," team president/CEO Derrick Hall said. "I don't know if we'll get anything done. We'll see. We'll certainly be busy at the Winter Meetings."

The D-backs will likely officially announce the Tomas signing -- possibly as early as Monday -- and first-year manager Chip Hale will meet with the media Monday afternoon, so you'll want to check out what he has to say about how he sees his lineup shaping up at this point.

Stewart will also brief the media each day during the Meetings, and that will be included in a daily wrap-up story, so check back with dbacks.com regularly for updates.

Fans are encouraged to take part by filling the comments section at dbacks.com this week with their own suggestions for getting the club turned around. What would you like to see Stewart add during these Meetings? Should the team deal catcher Miguel Montero and the $40 million he's owed over the next three years?

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.