PHOENIX The Diamondbacks made a bold move involving two top prospects Tuesday when they acquired their shortstop of the future, Didi Gregorius, while severing ties with top 2011 draft pick Trevor Bauer in a three-team trade.
The D-backs acquired Gregorius in atwo-step deal that first saw Cleveland trade outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati for outfielder Drew Stubbs and Gregorius. The D-backs then acquired Gregorius, left-hander Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson for Bauer and right-handers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to complete the eight-player deal.
Gregorius, 22, is considered to be one of the top shortstop prospects in baseball, although it is unclear if he would be ready for the major leagues in 2013 after splitting time between Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville last season. He hit .300 in 20 at-bats with the Reds after being recalled last September.
A native of Curacao, Gregorius impressed scouts in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, where he hit .284.333.392...