Originally Posted by Steve4192
Arizona didn't HAVE to do anything.
Their GM inexplicably fell in love with one guy and was willing to move Heaven and Earth to get him. I think most pundits agree that Towers grossly overpaid in order to acquire Gregorius. He could have gone after a different SS prospect and worked out a more equitable deal, but he HAD to have Gregorius and everyone knew it. Kudos to Cleveland's GM for taking advantage of his man-love for Didi.
Agree that they overpayed for DiDi but disagree that it was a one-off fluke.
They were willing to trade Justin Upton to get a young SS. Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, and Andrelton Simmons were all guys they were reportedly targeting. Bauer-for-Gregorius was certainly an overpay IMO, but the price was high for a SS across the board.