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MLB: Bauer reacts to trade to Cleveland

Arizona's top prospect part of three-team deal

Posted: December 11, 2012 6:52 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:52 p.m.

Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer was traded from Arizona to Cleveland on Tuesday night.

 

For the second time in three days, a Hart High graduate has been traded from one Major League team to another.

Pitcher Trevor Bauer, considered one of baseball’s brightest prospects and curiosities was dealt by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in a three-team deal to the Cleveland Indians.

The specifics of the deal, reported by the teams, have Cleveland receiving Bauer and pitchers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from Arizona and outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati, Arizona getting shortstop Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati, pitcher Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson from Cleveland. Cincinnati will receive outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, infielder/outfielder Jason Donald and about $3.5 million from Cleveland.

“I’m excited about the opportunity the Indians are giving me and thankful for everything the Diamondbacks have done for me,” Bauer told The Signal on Tuesday.

Bauer, a 2008 Hart High graduate, joins 2000 Hart grad James Shields and 2008 Hart grad Mike Montgomery (who were part of a trade for each other Sunday with Shields going from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a package including Montgomery), as former Hart Indians who have been traded this week.

Bauer is just 21 years old, was the No. 3 overall pick by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and was the 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner at UCLA — the award that goes to the top amateur player in the country.

The right-hander was the Diamondbacks’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2012 and made his Major League debut on June 28.

He started four games and went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts before being sent back down to Triple-A Reno.

It appeared that the Diamondbacks soured on him quickly, as reports stated that the organization was unhappy with him, reportedly wanting him to alter his intense pregame throwing program.

“I will say this: He is the employee, and in an employer/employee situation it’s incumbent on the employee to make adjustments to satisfy the needs of his employer,” said Arizona owner Ken Kendrick to Arizona Sports 620 after the season on Bauer. “And I hope and trust that that will occur.”

Bauer is still considered an intriguing talent with a very high ceiling.

The major name in the deal is Choo.

The 30-year-old South Korean batted .283 with 16 home runs and 67 RBIs last year for Cleveland.

For the Diamondbacks, Gregorius — a 22-year-old shortstop, is the major piece.

He was rated by MLB.com as the Reds’ No. 5 prospect.

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