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Updated Apr 24, 2013 - 4:57 pm

One month in...

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, top, throws to first base after forcing out San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford (35) at second base on a fielder's choice hit by Giants' Madison Bumgarner during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Let's be clear: In evaluating the off-season trade between the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks, it's about the bottom of the first. There's still a long road before we'll know who won the deal. However, since everyone wants to keep score in the Justin Upton deal, why aren't analysts keeping score in the Trevor Bauer trade?

So, let's look at how the Didi Gregorius/Trevor Bauer/Shin-Soo Choo trade is going.

Bauer has made one start. He walked more batters than innings pitched (7 to 5). His ERA is 5.40. He (supposedly) pitches to avoid contact and strike batters out, but has two K's against 23 batters.

Choo leads MLB in hits and on-base percentage. His slash: .387/.535/.613. His defense has been bad to average, but for a team that had the worst leadoff OBP last year and now is in first with the boppers behind Choo (and that ballpark to hit in), they'll take it.

Gregorius has played five games. Yes, that's it. His defense has been stellar. The rookie's slash line .400/.429/.800. He homered on the first pitch he saw as a D-back...AT YANKEE STADIUM! In back-to-back games, Gregorius has doubled against Giants outfielder Angel Pagan. He didn't double off the pitcher. The "rookie" out-smarted and out-hustled a man considered a gamer.

The rules of the comparison are simple. If you're going to blast Towers for the Upton trade, then give the same praise for the Bauer trade. If you're going to say it's too early to evaluate the Bauer trade, then the same is true for Upton.

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School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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