As the MLB regular season came to an end in early October, Arizona Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick made several comments in a radio interview (KTAR) that suggested the team’s top prospect, right-hander Trevor Bauer, might be on the trading block this offseason.
On Wednesday, amidst rumors that the team was listening to offers for Justin Upton, the Diamondbacks-Bauer situation took a new turn when ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted the following:
Hearing that Bauer has fallen out of favor with some people in #dbacks organization.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 7, 2012
Now, it’s no secret that the Diamondbacks' primary objective this winter is to add either a third baseman, shortstop or frontline starter—if not all of the above.
And although they could potential package both Bauer and Upton together in a blockbuster trade, I thought that I’d explore a few possible returns for a Bauer-only trade.
As part of their ongoing rebuilding process, the Chicago Cubs are looking to add younger talent across the board.
Since they already have assembled significant positional depth in their steadily improving farm system, it’s conceivable that they’ll be in the market for high-upside, cost-controlled young pitching.
Considering that they were rumored to be in on a Matt Garza for Zach Lee (Dodgers) deal around the trade deadline, they may be able to offer one of the better packages in the Bauer sweepstakes.
With Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus both under contract through the 2013 season, and baseball’s top prospect Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, the Rangers have the enviable position of having too much infield depth.
As a result, they are expected to move either Andrus or one of their highly regarded infield prospects.
In both third baseman Mike Olt and shortstop Leury Garcia, the Diamondbacks acquire a pair of flourishing infield prospects on the cusp of becoming everyday players at the major league level.
Here’s one that I think would be both interesting and mutually beneficial for both parties.
Asdrubal Cabrera, who’s under contract (three years, $21.05 million) with the Tribe through the 2014 season, would fill the Diamondbacks’ void at shortstop and, like second baseman Aaron Hill, be a legitimate extension candidate.
In Vinnie Pestano, the Diamondbacks add yet another elite right-handed reliever (2.50, 11.0 K/9 in 137 MLB innings) who’s under team control through the 2017 season. Whether they ultimately stick with him or not, he’s a great short-term bullpen arm and figures to appreciate in value over the upcoming seasons.