February 26, 2024

The Indians stirred the pot on Thursday afternoon when they traded away fan-favorite Yandy Diaz for first baseman/outfielder, Jake Bauers. This was one of a few questionable trade moves done by Cleveland so far during the winter meetings this week.

Cleveland had moved power hitter Edwin Encarnacion only moments earlier in the same trade and the details that Cleveland would be sending Yandy Diaz were one of the final tidbits released to the public.

While the move might be questionable, Cleveland did receive Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay in exchange for Yandy Diaz. Bauers is only 23 years old and he’s still trying to find his footing in the MLB.

To give a little background of Bauers, he was drafted back in 2013 in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres and in December of 2014, was traded to Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal that included all-stars, Trea Turner and Wil Myers.

Bauers appeared in 96 games during the 2018 campaign, while starting in 89 of those games. Bauers was ranked as the fifth-best prospect in the Rays farm system before being called up on June 7, 2018. Bauers played in all but six of the remaining games after June 7.

In 323 at-bats, Bauers struggled immensely at the plate hitting only .201 and hitting 11 home runs while striking out 104 times. Bauers slashed .201/.322/.404 in 2018 and he seems already to be down a downgrade from Yandy Diaz who had seemed to be turning the corner in terms of hitting at the professional level.

One of the positives for Bauers is that he’s only 23 years old and won’t be 24 until the end of next season. He still has time to turn it around at the offensive side of the plate and he seems serviceable to put at first base or in the outfield, a position that the Indians are so visibly weak at.

Only time will tell if the Indians found a catch by trading for Bauers.

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