Trevor Bauer was traded by a team in the middle of a pennant race and landed with an organization that won’t be playing in October. Apparently, he’s happy with that all the same.
Bauer told Fox Sports Ohio that he’s “a lot happier” since being traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds, adding that he “[doesn’t] really miss a whole lot about Cleveland.”
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) August 25, 2019
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.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) August 5, 2019
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.
There’s another reason Bauer’s sticking to one-year deals, too. Then again, maybe that one’s more of an incentive.
Trevor Bauer was in no rush to leave Cleveland after being traded by the Indians to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal on Tuesday night.
The 2018 All-Star took in Wednesday night’s Indians-Houston Astros game at Progressive Field. He even hung out among the fans in right field:
He’s crazy but I love it! Who else does this? Trevor Bauer at the Tribe game just being an ordinary fan. pic.twitter.com/0XWrRn6ZTV
— GV Art + Apparel (@GVartwork) August 1, 2019
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 @wkyc pic.twitter.com/gvNDRH1cQC
— David Kinder II (@davidkinderii) August 1, 2019
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.
— Keegan Nickoson (@Knickoson42) July 31, 2019
A fan breaking trade news to a player about his own team in the middle of a game would have been unfathomable 10 or so years ago, but that was a pretty cool moment.
Again, we’ve seen plenty of situations where it would have been nice if teams got to players before the news spread on social media, but the fan who got to break the news about the Bauer-Puig trade to a Reds player is probably thankful for Twitter.
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
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2019
The Astros have also explored a Madison Bumgarner trade and reportedly have talked with the New York Mets about Zach Wheeler.
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman says the Astros’ target list includes those three pitchers.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2019
Bauer, 28, got lit up by the Kansas City Royals in his latest start and had a mini-meltdown when pulled from the game. He has a 3.79 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 156.2 innings this season. He would give a pretty terrific Astros rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole a nice boost, although things could be uncomfortable at first.
The big issue here is that the playoff-contending Indians may not want to trade Bauer despite exploring talks.
Indians are increasingly unlikely to trade Trevor Bauer. Word is, ownership is reluctant to part with a big star with team in position to make playoffs and possibly even win division again.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019
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The MLB trade deadline is just over two days away, but the Cleveland Indians have yet to decide what they’ll do with their biggest trade chip.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Indians are still evaluating possible Bauer trades, and had not made a firm decision whether to buy or sell as of Monday morning.
The Indians continue to evaluate possible trade scenarios involving Trevor Bauer. Haven’t made a hard buy/sell decision either way.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2019
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.
For what it’s worth, rival teams believe they know what the Indians will ultimately do with Bauer. It seems the team itself hasn’t quite committed either way.