The Cincinnati Reds have acquired starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in a three-team trade with the Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. Outfielders Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, along with left-handed pitchers Logan Allen, Scott Moss and third baseman Victor Nova will be going to Cleveland as part of the deal. Outfield prospect Taylor Trammell is headed to San Diego.
More players may be involved in the trade, but this is all that is known at this time.
This is a seemingly confusing trade for the Reds, as they give up one of their hottest bats for a pitcher that is only signed throughout the rest of the year. Bauer is arbitration-eligible after the season though, so the Reds still will have club control over him through 2020. He has a 3.79 ERA this season with a 9-8 record so far. His time ran thin in Cleveland after Bauer was pulled from his most recent start and threw the ball over the centerfield wall.
Cleveland gets a much-needed outfield bat to add to their lineup in Puig. He started the season slow, but has brought his average up to .252 and also has 22 home runs on the season. The Indians will hope he can help them make a playoff push, as they have been hot lately and trail the Twins in the AL Central by 2.5 games. Reyes will also help give the Indians some pop on their team, as he has 27 home runs this season for the Padres. Allen has a 6.75 ERA in eight games this season for the Padres this season as a 22-year-old. Moss and Nova are still prospects, but give the Indians a good haul for Bauer.
The Padres will look to develop Taylor Trammell, who was one of Cincinnati’s top prospects. Trammell has struggled this season though, as he is only hitting .236 in AA this season. If they can get him back to form, he could be a key part of a team that is still centered around Manny Machado.