Well, it’s that time of the year again, the 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone. However, this year the Cleveland Indians and their front office minds of Mike Chernoff and Chris Antonetti made perhaps the biggest splash at the deadline.
On Tuesday night the Indians traded Trevor Bauer as part of a mega three-team trade and in return received veteran outfielder Yasiel Puig as well as second-year man Franmil Reyes from the San Diego Padres.
The Tribe also received young arms Scott Moss and Logan Allen in the deal that sent Bauer to Cincinnati. In what was an otherwise quiet MLB trade deadline, this was one of the few big trades.
This has been somewhat of an anomaly for the Cleveland Indians in recent years. Take last season for example. The Tribe badly needed bullpen help heading into the home stretch of the season, and yet all they managed to acquire at the deadline was Leonys Martin (and an unproven Oscar Mercado).
Not to say that the Indians’ front office has not made huge acquisitions at the waiver trade deadline, which was previously at the end of August. This is where the Indians have previously gotten players like Jay Bruce and Josh Donaldson who helped with the postseason push.
With this being the first year that the waiver deadline does not exist, the Indians went out and made the big acquisition at the regular trade deadline this time and also got better for the future.