The Arizona Diamondbacks have already been busy with moves this offseason and reports have them now entertaining more. After trading outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics last month, signs points to the D-backs once again trying to trade right fielder Justin Upton.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Upton’s name did appear in trade talks throughout the 2012 season. But what may come as a shock is according to ESPN MLB writer Jerry Crasnick, the D-backs are also looking to move top prospect Trevor Bauer.
Bauer, the third overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, made his Major League debut in June but struggled in his four starts with the D-backs, allowing 11 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings while striking out 17 and walking 13. He was sent back down to Triple-A where he remained for the rest of the season. But now, according to Crasnick, the young pitching phenom has fallen out of favor with the team that drafted him.
Former Diamondbacks manager and now color commentator Bob Brenly spoke with Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf and gave his take on Bauer’s name being on the market.
“You’re always surprised when young pitching comes up because that’s something every team is looking to add and every team is looking to stockpile as many good young arms as you can,” said Brenly.
Brenly went on to say he believes Bauer’s unique warm up routine is one of the reasons the rift between the D-backs and the pitcher once believed to be the future of the franchise has manifested.