Arizona Diamondbacks fans were skeptical to flat-out frustrated when the team traded pitching prospect Trevor Bauer in return for a minor-league shortstop in Didi Gregorius on Wednesday. With a day to reflect and analyze the deal that involved the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, perspective made it apparent that the team had enough with the third overall pick from the 2011 draft.
AZSnakePit.com's Jim McLennan compiled reaction from across the web, and there's one unifying factor in why the Diamondbacks traded away a player who many view as a future ace.
Matthew Pouliot of CBS Sports, Anthony Witrado of The Sporting News and Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona all agree that Bauer's value in Arizona decreased. Whether it was friction between the former minor league pitcher of the year or the reported disagreement on his pitching program, the Diamondbacks had other options.
Jay Jaffe of SI.com points out that even though Bauer's upside is higher than fellow pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs, losing a young pitcher wasn't the worse thing. The shoring up of the team's shortstop depth with Gregorius, who general manager Kevin Towers appears to have a high impression of, helps that position but also means Arizona might be more apt to keep Justin Upton around.
Of course, all that opinion depends on Gregorius' value. While his potential is there, he's yet to prove himself worthy of being the main return piece for a high-potential outgoing pitcher in Bauer.