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Arizona Diamondbacks had talks with other teams about Trevor Bauer

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Arizona Diamondbacks spoke with other teams about trading top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, dating all the way back to last season's trade deadline. Bauer was eventually sent to Cleveland as a part of a three-team deal.

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The recent three-team, nine-player deal was reportedly not the first time that the Arizona Diamondbacks had discussed trading pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

In his recent column, Olney writers that, "The Diamondbacks actually had talked to other teams about trading Trevor Bauer even before the trade deadline."

While Olney doesn't specify who Arizona spoke with about other potential trades, Bauer was eventually sent to the Cleveland Indians in last week's deal.

Coming out of UCLA, Bauer was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft and moved through Arizona's system quickly.

Bauer made his MLB debut this past season on June 28 and stayed with the Diamondbacks for four starts, making his last big league appearance of the season on July 17. The rookie struggled in his short time at the major league level, going 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in 16.1 innings.

According to Olney's report, Bauer's rocky first stint in the majors was enough for the Diamondbacks to have trade discussions about him just weeks after he was sent back down, ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Despite the rough four starts with the Diamondbacks, Bauer was named Arizona's minor league Pitcher of the Year after dominating at the AA and AAA levels for the majority of 2012.