CLEVELAND — The Indians have reportedly found a trade partner — in a way, two — for Trevor Bauer, and they’ve also discovered the right-handed hitters the lineup has largely missed this season ahead of today’s trade deadline.
Following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros, reports hit that the Indians had dealt Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal that also involves the San Diego Padres. In return, the Indians are reportedly acquiring outfielder Yasiel Puig from the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Franmil Reyes and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen from the Padres. Reds outfielder prospect Taylor Trammel is also reportedly headed to San Diego in the deal. Further details of the trade are still emerging.
Puig is the biggest name in the deal, but Reyes is the major asset. Reyes, who recently turned 24, becomes a significant long-term piece in the Indians’ lineup. He was a rookie last season and in 185 games in the majors has posted an .843 OPS. This season, he’s hit .253 with 27 home runs, eight doubles and 46 RBI. He’s also under club control through the 2024 season.
Puig, 28, is eligible for free agency this winter. This season, he’s hit .255 with a .785 OPS, 22 home runs, 15 doubles and 60 RBIs in 99 games. He’s also been one of baseball’s most entertaining players since breaking into the league in 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a flair for the game and some interesting tendencies, namely the habit of licking his bat. He also has one of the game’s stronger arms from the outfield.
Allen, 22, adds some pitching depth as a lefty. This season, he’s posted a 6.75 ERA in 25 1/3 innings with the Padres. At Triple-A, he has a 5.15 ERA this year.
Bauer takes a record of 9-8 and a 3.79 ERA to the Reds.