In a shocking, blockbuster deal, the Cleveland Indians sent ace right-hander Trevor Bauer across the state to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal involving the San Diego Padres. Cleveland received a package of Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, and Victor Nova while the Padres acquired Taylor Trammell from the Reds.
Bauer was one of the best arms on the market approaching the 2019 MLB trade deadline. He leads the entire league with over 155 innings pitched this season, registering a 3.79 ERA and 10.6 K/9. He finished sixth in AL Cy Young voting in 2018 with a stellar 2.21 ERA and 11.3 K/9. He is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2021.
He will make up an elite one-two combo with NL Cy Young candidate Luis Castillo in Cincinnati, followed by other arms such as Tanner Roark and Sonny Gray. The often-hot-headed 28-year-old Bauer will take Puig’s place as the spark plug for the Reds.
Puig fills a massive need in Cleveland of a quality outfielder to lock down the right-field position. One of the best outfielders on the market, the 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He’s launched 22 homers with 60 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and an OPS just shy of .800. However, he may even be the best outfielder that Cleveland acquired.
Reyes, a second-year slugger from the Padres, usually plays right field, though Cleveland may try him in left or as the designated hitter. He’s clubbed 27 homers with a .847 OPS and is under team control through the 2024 campaign. He’s incredibly valuable at 24 years old and gives the team a much-needed offensive boost.
Allen is a left-handed rookie pitcher that has seen mixed results at the MLB level in 2019. The 98th-overall prospect in baseball, the 22-year-old allowed just two runs in his first two starts combined but gave up 14 over his next three. He has since worked out of the bullpen with slightly better results but still sports a 6.75 ERA over 25.1 MLB innings. Meanwhile, Moss, the Reds’ 12th-ranked prospect, owns a 6-5 record and 3.44 ERA with Double-A Chattanooga.
Nova could be an intriguing prospect down the road for Cleveland. At just 19 years old, the Dominican infielder/outfielder slashed .330/.421/.451 with 17 RBI in 26 games of rookie ball this season.
On the surface, San Diego’s inclusion in this deal seems odd. However, while Reyes is a highly promising slugger, the team is stacked with corner outfielders and desperately needed help in center. Enter Taylor Trammell. San Diego takes a risk on the 30th-overall prospect in baseball who’s currently struggling with Double-A Chattanooga this season. He’s slashed .236/.350/.338 with just 17 extra-base hits and 17 stolen bases in 93 games. While he’s currently primarily playing left field, scouts anticipate his speed could translate well to center as he continues to develop.