Trevor Bauer is heading to Cincinnatti after rumors that he was a potential target to fill the New York Yankees’ need for a starter.
The starting pitching market continues to thin out as the New York Yankees lie in weight. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Cleveland Indians are sending Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal.
Bauer is currently 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA, but he is an absolute innings eater. As of July 30, Bauer leads the majors with 156.2 innings pitched. He has big-game experience and he has one more year of team control after this season.
The intense right-hander would have made for an interesting fit in New York. He already took the bait from WFAN’s Mike Francesa and sort of proved the radio host’s point that Bauer would not be able to handle the New York market.
There’s no denying that he can pitch, but it was a fair question to raise about the righty hurler.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2019
Only a few days before he was traded, Bauer launched a ball into the outfield after Indians manager Terry Francona came out to relieve him. That sort of thing doesn’t seem like it would fly in the Bronx.
The San Diego Padres are also involved in the deal. The details are still emerging but, Yasiel Puig is on his way to Cleveland. as well.
What we know about monster Indians-Reds-Padres three-way trade, per sources:
Cincinnati gets: RHP Trevor Bauer
Cleveland gets: OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen, OF Yasiel Puig, 3B Victor Nova (per @AJCassavell)
San Diego gets: OF Taylor Trammell
LHP Scott Moss also involved.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
This massive trade came out of left field—pun intended. The second Wild Card slot and the hard July 31 trade deadline has made for a wild deadline thus far.
The Reds and Mets are swooping in and snagging the best pitchers on the market. It’s total chaos out here.