Cincinnati Reds: Trevor Bauer Acquired in Three-Team Deal

The MLB Trade Deadline has been full of shockers so far. On Sunday, not a lot of expected the New York Mets to acquire starting pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays for two pitching prospects. On Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds acquired starting pitcher Trevor Bauer from the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade.

The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Yasiel Puig from Cincinnati. Cleveland also acquired outfielder Franmil Reyes and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen from the San Diego Padres. San Diego acquired prospect outfielder Taylor Trammell from the Reds.

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In ways, I thought this was a very good trade for all three teams, but Cincinnati could flip Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline is over at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

He is 28 years old and will be a free agent at the end of the season. His record so far this season is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA. In 156.2 innings pitched, Bauer has given up 127 hits and 76 runs. He has also walked 63 batters and has struck out 185, in 24 games.

Trevor Bauer also threw a ball over the centerfield fence in Kansas City when the Indians lost 9-6 to the Royals and Manager Terry Francona removed him from the game after that incident. Bauer isn’t getting suspended, but he is getting fined for his actions.

The Indians seemed to have no issue with trading Bauer because they have a plethora of pitchers in the organization. Cleveland would also be in the postseason if the season ended today. They would be the first wild card in the American League with a 62-44 record and the Cleveland Indians would play the Oakland Athletics (61-47).

Cleveland is currently three games back of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central.

Yasiel Puig is 28 years old and he will also be a free agent at the end of the season. Puig didn’t even last a full season with the Cincinnati Reds after he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the offseason. In 100 games played so far this season, his batting average is .262 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI’s, along with 14 stolen bases.

Yasiel Puig’s on-base percentage is .302.

He was involved in a brawl in the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday night when Cincinnati lost the game 11-4.

Outfielder Franmil Reyes is 24 years old and he is under contract after 2024. In 99 games with San Diego so far this season, his batting average is .255 with 27 home runs and 46 RBI’s. Reyes’s on-base percentage is .314.

This is the first time in MLB history that a team acquired at least two players with at least 20 or more home runs in the same trade. The Cleveland Indians also added some power to the line-up. They needed that in the worst way. Especially because Cleveland needs to compete with teams like the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, and the Houston Astros in the American League because all of those teams have high octane offenses.

Left-handed pitcher Logan Allen has pitched in Triple-A with the El Paso Chihuahuas and in the majors so far this season.

It will be interesting to see if Allen reports to Triple-A with the Columbus Clippers or if he will be with the Cleveland Indians right away. Logan Allen has pitched in eight games in the majors so far this season. His record is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA. In 25.1 innings pitched he has given up 32 hits and 20 runs. Allen has walked 13 batters and has struck out 14.

In 13 games in the minors so far this season, his record is 4-3 with a 5.15 ERA. In 57.2 innings pitched, he has given up 61 hits and 39 runs. Logan Allen has also walked 22 batters and has struck out 63.

He is also 22 years old.

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It is interesting that Cincinnati decides to trade away one of their top prospects in Trammell. He played in the futures game during the MLB All-Star Break.

Taylor Trammell is 21 years old and he was currently playing in Double-A with the Chattanooga Outlooks. Trammell will most likely report to the Amarillo Sod Poodles. The San Diego Padres already have one of the best farm systems in baseball and it might have just gotten even better.

They probably acquired him just in case San Diego trades away some prospects at the trade deadline.

In 94 games played so far this season, his batting average is .236. He also has six home runs and 33 RBI’s, along with 17 stolen bases. Taylor Trammell’s on-base percentage is .349.

He will most likely be an everyday player when Trammell reaches the majors. In fact, he will probably be a leadoff hitter.

Cincinnati also has their potential ace for the now and the future if they don’t trade Trevor Bauer. I don’t think the Reds would have made this trade if they didn’t expect to re-sign Bauer when the season ends. Expect more crazy trades on trade deadline day.

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