The trade of Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Yasiel Puig was finalized Wednesday.
Those were the headline names in a three-team trade in which the Indians also received left-handed pitcher Scott Moss from the Reds, and outfielder Franmil Reyes, left-handed pitcher Logan Allen and infielder Victor Nova from the San Diego Padres.
The Reds sent outfield prospect Taylor Trammell to the Padres.
Bauer was 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA and 185 strikeouts for the Indians this season. Not a free agent until after the 2020 season, the 28-year-old is making $13 million and is due an arbitration bump after this season. Since starting his major league career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, Bauer is 68-55 with 1,111 strikeouts and a 3.92 ERA in 1,060 2/3 innings.
Bauer is expected to join the Reds this weekend in Atlanta. The Reds reinstated right-handed pitcher David Hernandez from the 10-day injured list to take Puig’s roster spot.
The Indians received two potential middle-of-the-order bats.
Puig, 28, was hitting .252 with 22 home runs in his first season with the Reds after being traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he spent the first six years of his career. He is a career .275 hitter with 130 home runs in 812 games.
Reyes, 24, was hitting .255 with 27 home runs for the Padres in his second big-league season.
Allen, 22, made his major league debut on June 18. In eight games (four starts) Allen is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA. He has 14 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings, but also has walked 13 batters.
Nova, 19, has been playing in the rookie-level Arizona League.
Moss, 24, was 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 20 starts at Double-A Chattanooga.
Trammell, 21, is the 28th-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, but has struggled this season in Double-A with a .236 average and .686 OPS.
The Indians, who began Wednesday three games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central and leading the wild-card race, figure to offset Bauer’s loss in the rotation as two sidelined starters — Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco — are close to returning.
Also, 2016 All-Star Danny Salazar is scheduled to pitch Thursday as a “modified opener,” his first major league appearance since 2017 after shoulder problems. He could get stretched out and be a key part of the rotation for the playoff push.
–Field Level Media