The Diamondbacks have acquired their long-coveted shortstop.
In a deal that materialized late Tuesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal that also included the Cleveland Indians.
Diamondbacks get: SS Didi Gregorius, LHP Tony Sipp, 1B Lars Anderson
Indians get: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Brian Shaw, RHP Matt Albers, CF Drew Stubbs
Reds get: RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jason Donald
Gregorius figures to compete for the starting shortstop position, but the team may also decide to start him in Triple-A Reno to help further his development. Sipp is a left-handed specialist who had much success at the major league level. Anderson is a first baseman who was a former high prospect with the Boston Red Sox.
Trevor Bauer is the key player leaving Arizona. He was the Dbacks first round pick (third overall) in 2011. He was the top prospect in the organization entering the 2012 season, but fell out of favor with the team after a short stint in the majors during which he reportedly had clashes with veteran catcher Miguel Montero. Shaw and Albers are both right-handed relief pitchers.
The Diamondbacks managed to acquire a major league ready shortstop without having to surrender right fielder Justin Upton, who will presumably not be traded. The team no longer has any pressing needs for which they would have to trade their young star.