Wow, that came out of leftfield!
Trevor Bauer reportedly is bidding Cleveland farewell, but he isn't heading were most Major League Baseball fans were expecting. Let's take a look at this trade from the Reds perspective and break the whole thing down.
Meanwhile, multiple teams are actively discussing deals with the Indians as the deadline approaches.
Meanwhile, San Diego is sending outfielder Franmil Reyes, left-hander Logan Allen, and 19-year-old prospect Victor Nova to the Indians.
Nova, 19, is hitting.330 with a.871 OPS in 26 games for the Padres' Arizona Rookie League team in Peoria.
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In his last season with the Indians, Bauer has recorded a 3.79 ERA over 24 starts with 185 strikeouts and 63 walks. They get someone who will help improve an already great starting rotation. Bauer is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, but it might be worth holding on to him for now in order to make a push for the playoffs. They've spent big to keep some players (Joey Votto, Homer Bailey), and probably can't afford to do it again with Bauer.
If it happens, it will hurt, but there's no doubt the Indians talked to the Yankees and made the trade with Cincy and San Diego knowing full well what their other options were.
It will be the third team in little more than seven months for Puig, who was traded to the Reds after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Puig, who had 22 home runs and 60 RBIs in 99 games for the Reds, remained in Cincinnati's game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday and ended up being involved in a benches-clearing brawl in the ninth inning.
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