Reports are circling, though none of the teams have confirmed it, that the Cincinnati Reds are set to acquire Trevor Bauer from the Cleveland Indians.
ESPN baseball writer, Jeff Passan, was first with the report.
Hang on to your hats for this one, because there are a lot of moving parts. The Reds will send Yasiel Puig and LHP Scott Moss to the Indians. Taylor Trammell is heading to the Padres. The Padres will then send Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen to the Indians.
In Bauer, the Reds solidify the top three parts of their starting rotation for 2020. In 2019, Bauer is worth 2.0 bWAR with a 3.79 ERA and 1.213 WHIP. He’s struck out 185 batters while walking 63 (a stat he leads all of the major leagues in). His 4.17 FIP does say that he’s getting slightly lucky, and with his walks, and 14 hit-batsmen, on the year, it appears that his style is “effectively wild.”
He just turned 28 at the end of June, so he has some years left on his arm. He is signed up until 2021, and then the Reds can reassess his contract. Reports are that he is only going to sign one-year deals, after the expiration of this current one, but that remains to be seen. He’s had some issues, off the field, but I will let you judge that, for yourself.
Contract wise, Trevor Bauer is making $13M this year. That puts the Reds on the hook for about $4.3M the rest of the season. He’s under team control through the 2020 season. The salary for Bauer will be determined in arbitration, but should be up from the $13M that he received this season.
Puig left his mark on Cincinnati, in his short stay. Some will point to his numbers, that they were lackluster and not nearly the explosive offensive numbers that were expected, but he has been a real presence in the clubhouse and a great teammate. Personally, I will miss seeing 66 in right field.
Taylor Trammell, by the numbers, hasn’t been amazing, in 2019. Doug goes in-depth on Trammell and Scott Moss here at RedsMinorLeagues.com.
As more information, and as it becomes finalized, Redleg Nation will keep you up to date. For now, it appears the Reds rotation will be strong in 2020.