The Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, and Cincinnati Reds have agreed on a 3-team trade this evening, that includes sending Trevor Bauer to the Reds, Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes, and pitching prospect Logan Allen to the Indians, and top Reds prospect Taylor Trammell down to San Diego, according to Jeff Passan.
The Indians were in desperate need of some offense in their lineup, as they try to catch the Minnesota Twins at the top of the AL Central. Yasiel Puig has had a good year with Cincinnati, as he is currently batting .255 with 22 HR & 60 RBI. Franmil Reyes, only 24 years of age, also has some pop in his bat as well, as he’s at .255 with 27 HR & 46 RBI for San Diego this season. This move helps boost their outfield production tremendously – as well as either or could be alternated at DH. Cleveland also acquires Logan Allen (22 years of age) from the Padres, currently ranked #98 out of the top 100 prospects in MLB for 2019, #7 in the Padres farm system. Allen has made his debut this season for the Padres, and is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA through 8 appearances, and has made 4 starts.
Cincinnati adds another great arm to their rotation in Trevor Bauer. After a solid 2018 campaign, Bauer has shown some inconsistencies this season for the Tribe, as he has seen his ERA jump to 3.79 over 24 starts. His last appearance was on Sunday in Kansas City, where he chucked a baseball beyond the outfield after a poor outing on his way to being pulled out of the game. A change of scenery may help, as Bauer gets to work with pitching coach Derek Johnson and the Reds. He could be a good piece to the Reds rotation for the rest of this season and maybe next year, as the Reds rotation feature arms such Luis Castillo & Sonny Gray. The Reds may be a year or so from contending, but a veteran like Bauer is a good boost to thinking about 2020 and beyond.
The Padres continue to build on their farm system by acquiring Taylor Trammell. Listed as an outfielder in the Reds farm system, he was drafted in the 1st round (35th overall) back in 2016, and is currently ranked at #30 in the list of the top 100 prospects in baseball for 2019, #1 in the Reds organization. His offensive numbers don’t seem all that appealing at the moment at AA Chattanooga, but his 17 steals show he is a good threat to frustrate defenses on the basepads. San Diego may have Manny Machado in a huge contract, but a stocked farm system should make the Padres a fun team to watch in the upcoming years, with highly ranked prospects up and down their system.
My take: Evaluating this trade so far this evening, it appears that Cleveland may have gotten the pieces they needed to try and make a run. Honestly, I love this trade for Cleveland on all sorts of levels. Puig fits the vibe of the city of Cleveland and will work hard and play hard to try and get this team the division crown. Keep in mind, the Indians were 11 games back in early June but have closed the deficit down to a couple games behind Minnesota. Couple these new pieces with an already solid starting rotation for Cleveland, it will be a fun and exciting race in the AL Central – and should cause concern for the Twinkies atop the division.
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