"We have to add another catcher. We've looked at some possibilities out there and we're trying to find the best way to get that done. Whether that's trade or whether it's free agency."
"He's expressed to us that he's willing to put in as much work as he needs to be our Major League catcher in the near future versus down the road," Stewart said. "And so we're not going to press him. And like we're doing with our young pitchers, we're not going to press them to do things that they're not capable of doing. But if they put in the work and things turn out really well, then O'Brien will be ready to catch. We're expecting him at some point during the course of next year's season to show up for us. It's what we're hoping."
Dave Stewart of Peter O'Brien
"It'll be a better market next year," Stewart said. "I'd like to see where we're going to end up. Let's see where we are once we get out of spring training. I think we're going to be a better team."
The Miguel Montero era came to an end on Tuesday, as the veteran catcher of nine seasons was shipped to the Chicago Cubs for salary relief and a pair of single-A pitchers; Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.
With the trade of Miguel Montero, the Diamondbacks are now confronted with the problem caused by having no depth at the position.
With the current market not favorable to the Diamondbacks' needs, Arizona GM, Dave Stewart intimated the team may be done making any big moves until the season is underway.
The first of the "Big Three" has been claimed. John Lester is headed to join Miguel Montero in the Windy City, having signed a 6-year, $155 million dollar contract with a $15 million seventh year vesting option.
The Cubs aren't the only team in Chicago making waves. The South Siders have bolstered their pitching as well, signing Dave Robertson to a 4-year, $46 million contract to be their closer, and trading for Jeff Samardzija