TODAY: The deal is announced today, Jon Heyman of MLB Network is tweeting .
YESTERDAY: The dust has settled on a stunning trade with three teams, but not before a cloud of dust in the Reds-Pirates game last night threatened to destroy the arrangement. While the Reds, Indians and Padres conducted the medical tests of the players involved, one of them – Cincinnati Outfielder Yasiel Puig – played a central role in a brawl on the field. This show underscores the fact that the market has developed remarkably slowly in terms of the trading period.
Criticism began when reports surfaced that the Reds had signed a deal for star-right-handers. Trevor Bauer who was himself the central figure in a memorable account of recent frustration. In exchange for Bauer, the Indians will pick up Puig and Lefty Pitching Prospect Scott Moss from Cincinnati. You will also add a trio of players from the Padres: Outfielder Franmil Reyes Young Left-Hander Logan Allen and Beginner Infielder Victor Nova . At the end of the exchange in San Diego, the brothers have received the much-vaunted outlook on outfield Taylor Trammell from the Reds
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The 28-year-old farmer is a good, albeit somewhat frustrating, starter since joining the pro ranks in 2011 as the third overall winner of the Diamondbacks. He entered the team of Indians in a team of three in 2012 (which included the Reds) and has since reached a value of 3.89 ERA / 3.95 FIP in 1,044 1/3 innings and 180 appearances (170 starts) , Bauer was at his best last year, earning Cy Young the strength of an outstanding 2.21 ERA / 2.44 FIP over 175 1/3 frames.
Although Bauer was not that effective this season, he still has it done. A solid ERA / 4.17 FIP of 3.79 with 10.63 K / 9 vs. 3.62 BB / 9 by one in the League leading result of 156 2/3 innings. This was an exceedingly valuable production for a Cleveland team that did not have Corey Kluber Carlos Carrasco and Mike Clevinger for significant parts of the season, but nevertheless the tribe had been deemed expendable by Bauer considered. In his final role as an Indian, Bauer fired a ball from the pitcher's mound across the midfield wall on Sunday after a frustrating outing in Kansas City.
Bauer had no negative influence on his tantrums on the field this past weekend, his trade value. The Indians bring back a big move to Bauer, who now earns $ 13 million. He will receive an arbitration tribunal in the next season, and he has announced that he will then go out year after year. As the 62-44 team, which occupies the best spot in the American League wildcard, and leaves the AL Central-leading twins by 2 1/2 games, the Indians just wanted to swap pawns if it helped, this season to stay in the competition. It seems that this deal will enable them to achieve this. It will also save some of the content of Indians' books for 2020 while giving them several potential long-term pieces.
Puig is under control only this season, earning $ 9.7 million in salary, but will team with Reyes to give the Indians the right-handed outfield / DH strike they were looking for in the trading market. With the acquisitions of Puig and Reyes, the Indians are the first team to land two hitter with 20 home games in a mid-season, points out Joel Sherman of the New York Post .
The one-year Puig had come to the Reds last winter at a former blockbuster with the Dodgers. Although Puig has made a terrible start to the season, his production has started in recent weeks. Puig now has a .252 / .302 / .475 slash with 22 homers and 14 stolen bases (19 attempts) over 404 record appearances. Puig has long been a capable defender in the right field and has done well in this area too this year.
One of the key elements of this deal for Puig is that it completely eradicates the possibility of receiving a qualification after the season. Puig just looked like a border candidate for quality assurance, but now that he's not with the Reds, he's on schedule to reach the free agency unhindered throughout the winter.
Just as Bauer's Indian Stint ended in a bizarre way, so did Puig's time with the reds. He was involved in a brawl during the Reds Pirates game on Tuesday, as the news of the deal became known. As a result, Puig may have to take a break at the beginning of his tribal affiliation.
There are no such concerns regarding Reyes, who has proven to be one of the game's leading powerhouses since his debut a year ago. Although Reyes struggled to bottom out this season, his first full season with the majors, the 24-year-old's 27 home runs in 354 still battled .255 / .314 / .536 (117 wRC + ) PA. Reyes could eventually make considerable sums of money through arbitration, given his hugely successful homerun results, but the Indians will not have to worry about that in the foreseeable future. Reyes is on track to reach arbitration only after the 2021 season, and is unlikely to become a free agent until the 2024 campaign finishes.
Not to forget, the Indians are also winning three less-established players for this deal in Allen, Nova and Moss. The 22-year-old Allen started as the top 100 fighters in the season. Since then, he has been battling in a sample of the 25 1/3 inning major league and in 57 2/3 frames with Triple-A El Paso the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Allen was still considered one of the many high-end customers in a crowded Padres system. Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs ranked Allen as the eighth-best Padres farm laborer in May, writing that he "comfortably projects as a # 4 starter."
The 19-year-old Nova was not affiliated with the Padres. Premier Farmhands, but Longenhagen tweets that the infielder is "an interesting flyer with the first thug". The native Dominican has asserted himself this year in the rookie ball, where he fought against .330 /. 421 / .451 (136 wRC +) with seven steals in 109 PA.
The now 24-year-old Moss blushed when he was picked up in the fourth round in 2016 with a pick. The former Tommy John patient has since received encouraging results from minors, again this year. In his first experience with double-A balls, Moss hit 102 innings and scored 3.44 ERA / 3.52 FIP at 10.85 K / 9, despite running just over five goals per nine. Moss was ranked the 12th overall on Reds by MLB.com, indicating that he has a "slightly limited" cap, but could turn into a back-end starter or swingman at the MLB level.
Commerce is Trammell, which Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN (subscriptions required) have set in their latest updates to the top of the sport. BA rates Trammell 41st, while Law is more bullish (# 14). For the 21-year-old Trammell, who fought six homers and 17 steals in 377 PA against .236 / .350 / .338 (108 wRC +), this was not a particularly effective season action. However, youth and injuries have contributed to Trammell's unspectacular work, says Law, who claims the boy has the means to become "a good regular or a star" in the left field.
The Padres, of course, spent a considerable amount on the amount to acquire the unproven Trammell. However, trading with Reyes will allow the club to mitigate the current external blockade. With Reyes out of the mix, the Padres in Hunter Renfroe (19459004) and the vicious, expensive Wil Myers (19459004) still have two corner outfield options from the starting caliber. They also have rookie Josh Naylor Travis Jankowski and Franchy Cordero as 40-man options that are either in the minors or currently injured.
Weighing It is all the more surprising that the Blue Jays did not achieve a higher return for righty Marcus Stroman last weekend. Stroman is 7.4 million dollars cheaper than Bauer, in the same period in control and was probably the better of the two this season. Despite this, the Jays were able to gain only two non-elite prospects for Stroman in trading the Mets – Pitcher Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson . After that there was a lot of talk that the teams stuck to their prospects and did not want to do without really great young talent, but this three-way deal shows that this is not the case.
Jeff Passan of ESPN brought the news of the deal. Other participating players were mediated by MLB Network's Jon Heyman Ken Rosenthal's The Athletic Dennis Lin's The Athletic AJ Cassavell by MLB. com and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com .
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