The Cleveland Indians have traded 1B/OF Jake Bauers to the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the team announced Thursday morning.
Bauers, while likely the team’s best defensive first baseman, struggled mightily at the plate, hitting only .190 with just two home runs and six RBI’s in 43 games. He had been the Indians’ primary first baseman through the first months of the 2021 season, sharing time at the position with Josh Naylor and Yu Chang.
Bauers, in his fourth major league season, was out of minor league options, resulting in him making the opening day roster over 1B Bobby Bradley despite his underperformance in spring training. This proved to be Bauers’ last chance with the club, as he was designated for assignment following Bradley’s promotion from AAA-Columbus last week.
In his first three games with the team, Bradley has collected four hits in his first 10 at-bats with a home run. Bradley spent some time with the club during the 2019 season but did not see any action during the shortened 2020 season. It is hoped that the young first baseman can cement himself as an everyday player for the Indians and add solid power and consistency to their lineup, which has been less than extraordinary through the first third of the 2021 season.
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(Stats via baseball-reference.com)