Owings, a right-hander, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2005 draft. Owings started 45 games for the Diamondbacks in 2007 and 2008, going 14-17 with a 4.97 ERA, before being traded to Cincinnati as part of the deal that sent Adam Dunn to Arizona.
In two seasons in Cincinnati, Owings was 10-14 with a 5.35 ERA in 19 starts and 48 total appearances. The Reds designated Owings for assignment in August and was granted free agency after the season.
Many feel Owings is a better fit as a full-time hitter. In 198 career plate appearances, Owings hit .293/.323/.538 with nine home runs -- good for a 117 career OPS+. Owings was a great hitter in college at Georgia Tech and Tulane, and could be a designated hitter, first baseman or corner outfielder.
UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweets that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Owings will work at first base during spring training in addition to working out of the bullpen.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans