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Young Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer may be on the block at the Winter Meetings.
The Arizona Diamondbacks may be looking to trade 21-year-old right-hander Trevor Bauer, according to ESPN Insider. Bauer has been with the organization since 2011, when he was drafted with the third pick out of UCLA. He has since spent most of his time in the minors with a brief stint in the majors in 2012.
ESPN notes that the Diamondbacks may be growing tired of Bauer's personality and high walk totals:
There are some uniformed personnel in Arizona who don't believe that Bauer will ever have the command and control in the zone to live up to his potential, while others are frustrated by his stubborn nature. If the D-backs have an opportunity to trade him for a long-term solution at shortstop or third base, they're sure to listen.
Teams that may be interested in Bauer include the Indians, Rangers and Nationals. Those clubs recognize that Bauer does have the pitches to become a top-level starter, as his strikeout numbers at all levels have been impressive. In 14 starts with Triple-A Reno, he averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, then fanned 9.4 per nine innings in four appearances with the Diamondbacks.
Unfortunately, he also walked 7.2 batters per nine innings with Arizona. He has hovered around four walks for every nine innings in the minors, and it appears the Diamondbacks are done with trying to fix his control issues.