This time last year, it seemed just about impossible that the Diamondbacks would even consider trading pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. After struggling during his brief stint in the Major Leagues this past summer, Bauer drew the ire of some in the organization for his stubborn ways. And now some scouts are starting to wonder if his elevated pitches will translate to the big leagues down the road.
In a recent article from ESPN, Bauer was listed as the club's top trade candidate for the Winter Meetings.
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.
Jim Bowden, who wrote the article, listed the Indians, Rangers and Nationals as possible trade partners. It's believed that the Diamondbacks are looking for both a shortstop and a veteran starting pitcher this offseason, and all three of those teams could be fits.
Bauer's value is down a bit right now given his struggles in Arizona last season, but he's still widely regarded as one of the game's more promising young pitchers. He could be the centerpiece in a big deal for Kevin Towers should he find the right fit.