Indians Trade Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds for 5 Players in Three-Team Blockbuster

The Indians finally began to clear up their organizational logjam at starting pitcher by trading superstar Trevor Bauer while his value is at its peak. They accomplished this while exponentially improving their outfield and adding another bullpen arm. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it seems like Trevor Bauer will go to Cincinnati, OFs Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, along with LHP Logan Allen and prospects Scott Moss and Victor Nova will go to Cleveland and OF Taylor Trammell is on the way to San Diego.

Indians get: Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, and Victor Nova

This is a pretty good haul for Cleveland as they capitalized on Trevor Bauer’s value by tremendously upgrading their outfield right away. They get Yasiel Puig for the rest of the season who will bring some power, a cannon from right field, and an abundance of energy in the clubhouse.

Franmil Reyes will also bring a ton of power to the plate and he’s under team control for a while as he doesn’t hit arbitration until 2022 and free agency until 2025. Between the two of them, they have had 49 HRs so far this season. The Indians also added 22 year-old LHP Logan Allen who could help out the bullpen immediately and for the foreseeable future. Lastly, Cleveland added two prospects as well with Scott Moss, a AA LHP from the Reds, and Victor Nova, a promising 19 year-old utility player from the Padres.

Reds get: Trevor Bauer

The Reds got their man.

They now have another ace to pair with Luis Castillo to make a run at the division title in the second half of the season. Bauer is one of the best starters in baseball and he was arguably the best starter on the market this trade deadline. Bauer is under control for the rest of this season and next season as well, so the Reds will have plenty of opportunity to deal him if things don’t work out.

Padres get: Taylor Trammell 

Taylor Trammell is the 30th ranked prospect and baseball and he is well worth the hefty price San Diego paid for him. The super-athletic, speedy, left handed hitting outfielder was last year’s Futures Game MVP and he was originally committed to Georgia Tech to play baseball and football as a 4.0 student. Trammell can be a top of the order hitter for years to come while playing above average defense in the outfield. He probably won’t be ready to help out for at least another year because he’s taken a bit of a step back, but his advanced approach, tremendous zone recognition, and elite speed give him a high floor, so there’s plenty to love about acquiring a player like Taylor Trammell.

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