Blue Jays Should Be After Justin Upton & Trevor Bauer

As per MLB trade rumours:

The Diamondbacks are already involved in “active discussions” about Justin Upton, and now ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the team will also listen to trade offers for Trevor Bauer (Twitter links). The right-hander has fallen out of favor with some in the organization.

Bauer, 21, was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. He made his MLB debut this season and surrendered 13 runs in 16 1/3 innings across four starts while also battling a groin problem. Bauer pitched to a 2.42 ERA in 130 1/3 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A this year as well. Between Upton and Bauer, GM Kevin Towers may be in possession of this offseason’s two biggest trade chips.

I know, I know. 

Whenever a top player is rumoured to be available fans from every team say “my team should get him” and I agree it’s annoying.  But hear me out.  The Blue Jays have been linked to Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton in the past, have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and could do worse than adding a 5-tool youngster to their core.

Upton, 25, hit .280/.355/.430 with 17 homers this season while battling hand issues. He hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 homers just a year ago, earning him a fourth place finish in the MVP voting. Upton is signed through 2015 for a total of $38.5MM. Rosenthal says his limited no-trade clause included the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and Cubs this year, though the list has since changed.

I had actually been thinking that Trevor Bauer could possibly become available.  I have read prior that some in the D’Backs organization are frustrated with Bauer’s “self coaching” method and reluctance to take the advice of the “experienced” coaches at his disposal within the system.

Bauer is into advanced “wind tunneling” pitching mechanics as well as extreme long tossing and has been quoted as saying he pitches up in the zone purposely to “get fly balls”.  Not exactly what most pitching coaches dream of when they sleep at night.  While he is a talented guy, not all scouts see a future number one starter with some saying outside of the hype and funky delivery his stuff plays better as a #3 starter.

I am a big fan of both Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer, though I think the latter is far from a sure thing and is probably a tad overrated.  What would it cost the Blue Jays to acquire one, or both?  Whom would you prefer?  Am I crazy?


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  4. 4 @ALEastbound November 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    It is almost disconcerting to think a team would move such a young arm. Do they know something we don’t? He might be a bust at the major league level or has some sort of chip on his shoulder. All speculation of course.

    I doubt the Jays make a drastic move for J.Up – it would cost them an arm and a leg in terms of top prospects.

  5. 5 Wes Kepstro November 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    It’s one thing for Bauer to pitch up in the zone in Chavez, AT&T, and PetCo, but it’s a career killer in the AL East.

    If the Jays can get either of them, I’ll be surprised. It’s a little surprising that Towers, et al, are making Bauer available at the tender age of 21, though…

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