Cliff had an off year but he should see an uptick going from AL to NL as well as from the Colosseum to Chase field, also he has a pretty solid glove. So I can see him hit in the .270 range with solid defense. Finally they gave up a pretty solid/good player to get him along with Bell.
I don't think he's selling Bauer short as everything he's said is being said by multiple scouting sources. The main thing though is that he's been stubborn in listening to the Diamonback's brass by refusing to tweak his approach and its suddenly made him expendable when they have more than enough people that can anchor a rotation without him. Could be better than all of them? Yes, but he hasn't worked well with the organization to get him to that point.
Bradley also has a very mean curveball as well and a more consistent delivery. He may not be ahead on the big prospect rankings yet, but he's getting there.
Archie Bradley has a FB that touches 100 and a devastating curveball. His biggest problem has been his command, which is Bauer's issue as well, only difference is Bradley is significantly younger than Bauer and will develop.
Bradley's stuff trumps Bauer's.
Bauer just wants to K people, no matter what the cost is. He's a 5 inning pitcher right now, he needs to learn to pitch to contact and attack hitters. Not throw 4 straight curveballs in the dirt with an 0-2 count.
Really I don't care what the return is. Loria sold plans for the stadium on a whole re-branding of the franchise. Changed the name, uniforms, spent some money and it lasted a whole half-season. I could justify the Hanley and Anibal trades because there was talent that came back and while talent may have come back in this deal its clearly not the intention of the franchise to put a winning product out.
They've traded their starting C, 2B, SS, 3B, CF, and starters #1-3 since the trade deadline.