The move to Cincinnati certainly hasn’t helped Bauer’s numbers. After posting a 3.79 ERA in 24 starts with the Indians, The 28-year-old has a 7.62 ERA in five starts with the Reds. Bauer certainly seemed wistful about departing Cleveland, but maybe he’s just found himself really comfortable in his new home. It has not shown on the mound.
If the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to get newly-acquired pitcher Trevor Bauer to commit to the organization long-term, it sounds like they’re going to be disappointed.
Bauer reaffirmed his desire to sign only one-year contracts for the rest of his career, saying Monday that he wanted to do so to ensure he could pitch for a contender on an annual basis.
Trevor Bauer was asked if he's thought about a longer-term stay with the #Reds past his current contract. He says he plans to sign 1-year deals the rest of his career to maintain the flexibility of pitching for teams who are ready to contend.
Bauer is serious about maximizing his ability to win a championship, even if the decision will cost him long-term security. There’s no denying that it’s a risky approach, but he’s almost certainly considered those risks.
Bauer later entered the media dining room to hold an impromptu press conference and answer some questions for reporters.
This is one of the more unusual things I've ever seen. Trevor Bauer, who was traded by the Indians last night, held an impromptu press conference tonight in the press box dining room during tonight's game. He spoke about what he thinks his legacy in Cleveland will be @wkycpic.twitter.com/gvNDRH1cQC
Bauer is a polarizing figure, but he gained a lot of fans during his time in Cleveland. He pitched for them from 2013 to this season, going 67-53 with a 3.89 ERA in over 1,000 innings. They made the postseason three years in a row, including the World Series in 2016.
Information spreads so quickly in the social media era that players often find out they were traded or released before their teams have a chance to speak with them, which usually is not a good thing. However, it did make for a cool moment after the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds agreed to their blockbuster trade on Tuesday night.
The Indians and Reds swapped Trevor Bauer and Yasiel Puig in a three-team deal that also sent Taylor Trammel to the San Diego Padres. Cincinnati outfielder Jesse Winker had not yet heard the news during Tuesday night’s game when a fan sitting in the bleachers relayed it to him.
Trevor Bauer’s last act as a member of the Cleveland Indians was his “childish” heave into center field.
Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal that also involves the San Diego Padres.
The Reds are sending outfielder Yasiel Puig and Double-A pitcher Scott Moss to the Indians, and Taylor Trammell to the Padres as part of the deal. Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova are being sent to the Indians from the Padres.
Here is what each team is getting in the trade:
Reds: Trevor Bauer
Indians: Yasiel Puig and Scott Moss via Cincinnati; Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova via San Diego
Padres: Taylor Trammell
Bauer, 28, is making $13 million this season and is under team control for one more season, so Cincinnati will get him for 2020. Puig will be a free agent after the season, so he is a rental for an Indians offense that could use some extra power. Puig has 22 home runs in 99 games this season.
Bauer is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA. He is set for a pay raise next year that the team maybe felt they couldn’t afford. He is also outspoken and his latest antics may have also made it easier to deal him.
Trammell is a 21-year-old former first-round pick who is batting .236 in Double-A this year. He has batted .273 with a .775 OPS during his minor league career.
Reyes has 27 home runs this season and a .253 batting average. He had 16 homers in 87 games for the Padres last season. Allen, 22, pitched 25 innings for the Padres this season with a 6.75 ERA. He has a 3.08 ERA in his minor league career.
The trade comes a day after another top starting pitcher on the market, Marcus Stroman, was also moved. What’s surprising and equally noteworthy about both deals is that the pitchers ended up going to below .500 teams that were in fourth place in their respective divisions.
The Houston Astros are looking to add a starting pitcher at the trade deadline and are looking at Trevor Bauer, according to a few reports.
MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported on Tuesday that the Astros and Cleveland Indians have been in trade talks about Bauer.
Sources: #Indians, #Astros have had recent communication about possible Trevor Bauer trade. The extent of progress in talks is unclear. Houston is pursuing multiple starting pitchers, with hopes of landing one. @MLB@MLBNetwork
Cleveland is in an odd spot. They’re in the midst of a surge that has seen them climb to within two games of the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins, and they occupy the first AL wild card spot. The somewhat modest return the Toronto Blue Jays got for Marcus Stroman could also impact the team’s thinking. That said, they are also facing the reality of paying Bauer a hefty salary in 2020 before losing him to free agency, which has motivated them to seek trades now. It may also be that some of his antics are grating on the organization.
Mike Francesa and Trevor Bauer had a back-and-forth exchange that began with talk over the pitcher’s potential fit in New York.
Francesa, a legendary radio host on WFAN in New York, said on his program during the week that he didn’t endorse the Yankees trading for Bauer. Francesa views Bauer as a “nutcase and a fool” who wouldn’t fit in well in the major media market.
A Twitter account unaffiliated with Francesa that tweets funny clips from the radio host tweeted the clip to Bauer. The Cleveland Indians pitcher didn’t seem to realize it was an unaffiliated account that tagged him on Twitter and responded.
Lol nice…tag me in this looking to start drama and I’m the headcase and nutjob and whatever else is said in this video? That’s hilarious! Traditional media for you…this is why it’s dying. I do love the logo in the background tho! If only he looked like that in real life! https://t.co/ZIBUgqI1pN
Trevor Bauer’s name remains active on the market, and those in the know believe the Cleveland Indians right-hander will be on the move.
According to Andy Martino of SNY, rival executives believe that the Indians will move Bauer before the July 31 trade deadline. Potential destinations are unknown, though the New York Yankees have at least spoken to Cleveland about him.
Rivals expect Bauer to get traded. Of course thats informed speculation. Yankees in it but not heavy at the moment.
“I owe a sincere apology to all my teammates, my coaching staff, the organization, and all of our fans for how I conducted myself today,” Bauer said. “It was unbecoming, childish and unprofessional. There’s no place for it in the game. I’m happy it didn’t result in any physical injury for anybody else.”
Bauer also said he wanted to make it clear that his frustration was with himself, not any of his teammates or Francona. The Indians manager was visibly upset, and Bauer appeared to apologize to him immediately following the stunt.
Considering he had surrendered seven runs against a team he has dominated in the past, it’s easy to believe Bauer was angry with himself. Still, the way he acted was embarrassing and showed Francona up — whether intentional or not.