The epic hoarding problem in baseball continues. Multiple contending teams with starting pitching needs sat on their ass and watched Trevor Bauer get traded… to the Reds. Cincinnati, a team that really has already been eliminated from the race. This is the 2nd type of trade to happen this week with Marcus Stroman getting sent to the Mets just days prior. It was Cincinnati that struck a deal for Trevor Bauer. It happened to be a
- Cincinnati acquires Trevor Bauer via Indians
- Cleveland acquires Yasiel Puig and Scott Moss via Reds and Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, and Victor Nova via Padres
- San Diego acquires Taylor Trammell via Reds
Indians: Trading Trevor Bauer was just a reality. He was set to earn around $20 million in his final run through the arbitration process next year. Bauer is also on record for wanting to sign one-year contracts for the rest of his career to boost his earning potential. Smart stuff. Cleveland had to do this in order to keep a bright future. Just a reality for a small market team. Trading Bauer stings but you have to like what they did. Franmil Reyes has big boy power. Reyes, 23, has 27 bombs on the season and is controllable through 2024. To acquire that kind of power for a player that they had to trade is
Cleveland also picks up Yasiel Puig which fortifies their outfield. Puig is a guy that shines brightest in big spots. While he may be a rental, Puig has a lot to
From a pitching perspective, Cleveland actually is set up well to handle a Bauer loss. Take out Carlos Carrasco for a second. It’s so brutal that he’s deal with Leukemia and I wish him the best possible recovery. Corey Kluber should be back at some point this year. Shane Bieber has emerged as an ace. Mike Clevinger is a excellent number 3 in any staff. Young gun Zach Plesac looks like a potential All-Star thus far. Danny Salazar has a proven major league track record and was just activated from the IL. Now Cleveland also adds Logan Allen who was a top 100 prospect coming into the year. Maybe he’s a 5th starter. Who Cares? There are not many pitching staffs I’d rather have.
Cleveland also landed two lesser name prospects Scott Moss and another
Reds: What are the Reds doing? Look, I can’t knock them for being aggressive. Maybe they win 75 games now. That’s the issue. Giving up a top 20 prospect in the sport for
Padres: Speaking of Taylor Trammell. The team I actually have the biggest issue with here is the Padres. This is another classic example of a National team getting screwed for the sole fact that they are in the National League. It doesn’t seem fair. The Padres felt like they had to trade Franmil Reyes because he’s a liability in the outfield. Can’t move him to first base either with Eric Hosmer on the books for a long time. They also might have an exact or close version of him already on the roster with Josh Naylor. Still handing over a cost controlled player like Reyes who has 27 big flys on the season is BRUTAL! San Diego better hope Trammell turns out as good or better than Reyes.
Trammell, 21, is currently in AA. So far this season, he is hitting just .236. Not a great sign for a player that only has 6 homers on the season. It’s possible that the Reds saw another Lewis Brinson type of player coming. Brinson, of course, was the player the Marlins really wanted for Christian Yellich. The problem was Brinson couldn’t hit. Right now, Trammell isn’t hitting. The speed and defense is there. They better hope the bat comes. If it doesn’t this could be disastrous for the Padres who were building serious moment. Losing on a trade like this is something that will alienate Fernando Tatis Jr. Not something that will make him want to stick around. Incredible risk here. The Padres has a proven young major league piece with elite power. They gave him up for an unproven one with the hope that they upgraded. AJ Preller doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. He hasn’t won a single thing with the Padres since taking over in 2014. NOT A SINGLE THING.