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Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop.

The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with Chris Owings, Ketel Marte and prospect Ildemaro Vargas all options, and Owings has had a red-hot spring, hitting .395 with two homers to give him an apparent leg up on the starting job.

The Padres could use help at the position, and they have a manager in Andy Green who is known to be a fan of Ahmed’s. Green was Ahmed’s manager at Double-A and was the Diamondbacks’ third base coach in 2015. The Padres had a heavy scouting presence at Tuesday’s Diamondbacks game, in which Ahmed started at short.

The Rays lack a plus defender at the position on their major league roster, and starter Matt Duffy is expected to open the season on the disabled list. The Yankees have Didi Gregorius, but he’s expected to miss six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Scouts have been curious about the state of Ahmed’s hip, on which he had major surgery last year.

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Sources say the Diamondbacks are also listening to offers on reliever Enrique Burgos, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday.

Burgos, 26, has a big arm, with a fastball that sits in the mid-90s, but has not been able to translate that into consistent results at the big league level. In parts of two seasons, he has logged a 5.27 ERA in 68 1/3 innings with a lot of strikeouts (82) but too many walks (38).

It’s unclear what the Diamondbacks are seeking in return, but the club likely is looking to clear 40-man spots, given that several players on minor league deals are likely to make the Opening Day roster and will need to be added.

Outfielder Socrates Brito (finger) likely could be placed on the 60-day DL, which would free up a spot. But, as it stands, outfielder Gregor Blanco and reliever Tom Wilhelmsen appear to be in good position to win jobs – and several other relievers have thrown well enough to warrant consideration.

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Stryker released

The Diamondbacks released former prospect Stryker Trahan last week, cutting ties with the former first-round pick five years after he was taken with the No. 26 overall pick.

After showing promise at the plate during his first two seasons as a pro, Trahan stalled out, hitting .203 in 1,093 at-bats in the lower minors the past three years.

“It was really difficult to release him,” Diamondbacks farm director Mike Bell said. “I think sometimes it’s just time to move on. I think he did everything he could and we certainly did everything we could. It just didn’t work out.”

Trahan, who never advanced beyond High-A, began his career as a catcher, shifted to the outfield then eventually returned behind the plate.

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Short hops

Center fielder A.J. Pollock, who played in a camp game on Monday, had three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday. He went hitless and wasn’t pleased with the quality of his at-bats, but he said his groin, which has help him out since March 12, felt good. He’s hoping to get back in a Cactus League game by the end of the week.

*With the major league club off on Wednesday, right-handers Shelby Miller and Archie Bradley will pitch in minor league games against the San Francisco Giants.

*Right-hander Evan Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Reno. He had been a candidate for a bullpen spot.

Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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