The Trevor Bauer saga in Cleveland has officially come to a close. The Cleveland Indians traded the hard-throwing right hander at the deadline for a multitude of pieces.
In the deal, Cleveland received a pair of power hitting outfielders from Cincinnati and San Diego in Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes. The San Diego Padres, who were able to bring in outfield prospect Taylor Trammel from the Reds to make the deal work, also sent the Indians a couple of pieces. Lefty relievers Scott Moss and Logan Allen will find a new home in northeast Ohio, as will infield prospect Victor Nova.
So, breaking this down from an Indians’ perspective, how did the Tribe do at the deadline?
To start, the Indians knew they had a decision to make with Bauer. Tom Withers, an Indians reporter with the Associated Press, reported post-trade that manager Terry Francona feared the ball-chucking incident from Bauer in Kansas City would do to the team in. After seeing that, it made all the sense in the world why Cleveland would move on.
The combination of locker room toxicity and non-team friendly deals for the future were clearly enough for general manager Mike Chernoff to pull the trigger on a move. Fortunately for Cleveland, they get exactly what they need in the return haul. Puig and Reyes were already in the lineup on Thursday, and both made impacts. Puig was 1-3 with 2 walks while Reyes went 1-4 at the dish. Both, however, were thrown out at home on separate occasions, a reminder that these outfielders are known for power and not speed.
The former Friars leave more of a “to be determined” vibe around them, especially Nova. Allen is the only one of the three to taste major league action. It wasn’t great in San Diego, though, as Logan posted a 6.75 ERA in eight appearances. Moss has been in Double-A Chattanooga all season, logging a 6-5 record and 3.44 ERA in 20 starts. He’s also third in the Southern League in strikeouts. Nova remains very unproven, however, he has raked his way to a .330 batting average in Rookie League play.
As with any almost trade in any sport, time will tell who the “winner” and “loser” of this deal was. However, I think the Indians are satisfied with their return on the charismatic Trevor Bauer, at least talent wise.
With the acquisition of Puig, a notorious “hothead” in the locker room remains present. I have many friends that insist that the “hothead” take is mistaken for passion. While I agree to an extent, that passion sure leads to some boneheaded mistakes. All the “feel good” stories surrounding both Bauer and Puig emerged across social media once the trade occurred. It will be interesting to see how each guy responds to a new environment.
The beginning of the end of Trevor Bauer’s tenure in Cleveland was sensed last Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. If there is one thing you absolutely cannot say about Bauer’s Indians career, it is this: boring.
For Indians fans still searching for how to feel on Bauer’s time in Cleveland, I offer this video from the righty’s Twitter page.
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