PITTSBURGH -- The return on the trade that sent outfielder Adam Dunn from the Reds to the Diamondbacks may soon become clearer. There were indications on Tuesday, according to Major League sources, that Arizona pitcher Micah Owings will likely be one of the two players to be named later in exchange for Dunn. Cincinnati has already acquired Class A pitcher Dallas Buck in the deal. The name of the third player is not known. The teams had already decided on the two players to be sent to the Reds, but withheld the names because of the waiver process. All players on 40-man rosters must clear waivers after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
What remains unclear is whether Owings has been put on waivers yet. If a team with a worse record than the Reds were to block the club with their own claim, Arizona would have to rescind the waivers and the Reds would have to wait until after the season to complete the trade. By rule, teams are not allowed to discuss waivers or players on other clubs. The Reds and Diamondbacks had no comment about the situation. Following his 2007 rookie season, Owings has been inconsistent this season. He was sent to Triple-A Tucson on July 29 after going 6-9 with a 5.93 ERA, including 0-6 over his last seven starts. Owings is known for being one of baseball's best hitting pitchers, with a .313 career average over 69 games. Also in question is Owings' health situation. A stiff right shoulder has forced Tucson to scratch his scheduled start on Wednesday as a precaution.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.