AZ D’Backs to Deal Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer?

By Thomas Lynch

That didn’t take too long, did it?

The General Managers’ meeting is less than a day old and already rumors are starting to swirl about the Arizona Diamondbacks.  According to an article  by Steve Gilbert at, the D’Backs are “engaged in active discussions” according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal about a deal for star right fielder Justin Upton.  Rosenthal quotes a source that states that it is “80-20” that Upton will be somewhere other than Phoenix in 2013.  I have been covering the D’Backs for less than a year and this must be the third or fourth time I have heard an “Upton will be dealt” rumor.  However, it sounds as though a trade might actually go through.

Justin Upton could be sliding home for a different team in 2013. Image: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Also rumored to be on the block in the Gilbert article, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft.  The young righthander ruffled some feathers, particularly those of Miguel Montero during his brief call- up in 2012.  In October, D’Back Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick made some interesting comments regarding Bauer possibly needing  an attitude adjustment.  Given general manager Kevin Towers’s comments about listening to offers for anyone, one shouldn’t be surprised that Bauer’s name has come up in trade discussions.

Personally, if the team made a deal, I would rather they trade Bauer than Upton.  The wealth of young pitching talent at both the Major League and Minor League level would compensate for the loss of Bauer both short term and long term.  Upton’s club friendly-contract (he is signed through 2015) is immensely attractive to prospective teams but his bat is desperately needed in Arizona for a team with playoff aspirations.  Let’s hope the trade winds once again leave Upton in the desert.

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