The Arizona Diamondbacks decision to trade talented pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for shortstop Didi Gregorius has received mixed reviews from Diamondbacks fans, to say the least. Fans in Arizona may not be convinced, but fans in Cleveland seem to be taking the news quite well. Bud Shaw at the Cleveland Plains Dealer is among those Clevelanders, rating the trade highly.
Shaw has questions about why Arizona gave up on Bauer, but overall he says the Indians "did better than expected" and Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti will "get good good grades this offseason."
Arizona fans have been decidedly less pleased. Earlier at SB Nation Arizona the trade was compared to the Phoenix Suns trading away Shaquille O'Neal, a legacy-defining disaster for then-GM Steve Kerr. Despite that comparison, it was noted that any trade involving such young players has to be given time to develop, and it could easily turn into a great decision by Diamondbacks management.