Dbacks Rumors: Tuffy Gosewisch emerges as likely Opening Day starting catcher

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart may have put trade rumblings to rest for just a moment, asserting that Tuffy Gosewisch is the team's projected starting pitcher heading into Spring Training.

"We sat back and thought about it and talked to our guys internally, our coaching staff, and we're not going do to anything," Stewart said, via Michael Hurcomb of CBS Sports. "Tuffy Gosewisch has never had the opportunity to be a front-line guy, but we do know he's capable of handling the [pitching] staff. If we get some offense from him, it would be great."

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Many speculated that the team would look to the trade market for reinforcements after trading Miguel Montero to the Cubs earlier this offseason. However, Gosewisch is the #1 now, with Rule 5 selection Oscar Hernandez coming in as the backup and minor league backstop Pete O'Brien this close to being a fixture on the big league club.

"The kid Hernandez we know, through our scouting reports, is a good catch-and-throw guy. And we're not expecting any offense from him. So if we get it, that would be great. But even more importantly, we think that Peter O'Brien is going to be ready. Our coaching staff says he has a chance to break with us from spring training. And if not spring training, we expect to see him by May or June."

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