Indians Trade Bauer To Reds For Puig

Bleacher Report's Scott Miller breaks down the three-team trade involving the Reds, Padres and Indians

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 31, 2019 - 8:17 am
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The Cleveland Indians traded Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds for Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes as part of a three-team deal involving the San Diego Padres. The Indians also received lefty Logan Allen and minor league infielder Victor Nova from the Padres and minor league pitcher Scott Moss from the Reds.

Why did the Indians (62-44) trade Bauer – who was 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA – when they’re only three games back of the Twins (65-41) in the AL Central?

“The Indians have been strong on pitching but light on offense,” Bleacher Report MLB columnist Scott Miller explained on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Bauer is a very eccentric guy who wears out his welcome. He’s under team control through 2020, but he said he’s not going to sign a long-term deal. He’s going to go year-by-year. And arbitration this upcoming winter, based on comps, he’s expected to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million in salary for next year. That, for the Indians, is a problem. Their owner, Larry Dolan, is not going to lay that kind of money out.”

Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar are also nearing returns for the Indians, while Puig, who hit .252 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs for the Reds, provides some pop in the lineup.

“They think their pitching is going to be enough, and this is a way to really boost their offense,” Miller said. “So we’ll see if it works.”

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