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Here is a trade that was suggested two weeks ago by David Schoenfield of ESPN.com.
Arizona Diamondbacks Trade: RF Justin Upton and RHP Trevor Bauer and receive SS Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Vinnie Pestano and OF Michael Saunders
Cleveland Indians Trade: SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Shin-Soo Choo and RHP Vinnie Pestano and receive RHP Trevor Bauer, LHP Danny Hultzen and RHP Hector Noesi
Seattle Mariners Trade: LHP Danny Hultzen, OF Michael Saunders and RHP Hector Noesi and receive RF Justin Upton and OF Shin-Soo Choo
Schoenfield supplies his reasoning for the deal as well:
OK, we couldn’t avoid Upton and there’s nothing more creative than a good three-way deal. This trade works for all three teams. The D-backs get the shortstop they need and also part ways with Bauer, whom ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier "has fallen out of favor" with some in the organization. Saunders gives them a starting outfielder to hedge against the production of Gerardo Parra and prospect Adam Eaton and Pestano provides a killer right-hander for the bullpen alongside J.J. Putz and David Hernandez.
The Indians are desperate for starting pitching, and with this deal they pick up the second and third overall picks of the 2011 draft. Choo has one year left until free agency and is unlikely to re-sign with Cleveland.
The Mariners need offense, and although it wouldn’t be easy parting ways with Hultzen and Saunders, they get a desperately needed power bat for right field and at least one year of Choo.
The Indians are giving up a lot in this deal. Yes, they're receiving two phenomenal prospects who have the chance to be special. But they're also looking for major league-ready pitching. Neither Hultzen or Bauer are at that point right now. Sacrificing Pestano is a big blow to one of the strengths of the Indians as well.
It's just an okay deal for the Diamondbacks. Yes, they get a shortstop, but one who's a defensive liability. If prospect A.J. Pollock shines in the spring, Saunders may actually be a fifth outfielder in Arizona.
The Mariners get screwed on this one. They get Upton on a down year and who is owed $38.5 million over the next three seasons. If Upton can't bounce back and put up numbers similar to 2011, that's an expensive buy.
Choo would fill in nicely in right field and might be worth an extended look beyond next season if he can build on last year's production. However, he'll be 31 at the end of next season, so it's possible he's already peaked.