The Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and San Diego Padres completed a trade that would send RHP Trevor Bauer to the Reds, OF Yasiel Puig, OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen, LHP Scott Moss, 3B Victor Nova to the Indians, and OF Taylor Trammell to the Padres.
But first what a way to go out in style for Bauer and Puig. Bauer went out after a terrible outing against the Kansas City Royals and we all know what happened when he was about to get pulled by manager Terry Francona.
Puig left the Reds-Pirates game on another level. In the Reds 11-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates there were some fireworks with a benches-clearing brawl. Reds reliever, Amir Garrett, was being taken out of the game, but charged the Pirates dugout and threw punches. Both teams came onto the field and swarmed the Pirates dugout. It seemed like things were starting to calm down but Puig reignited things by going after the Pirates relief pitchers. Puig was just traded minutes before the brawl even happened.
Puig is now going to be called upon to help the Indians make a playoff push as they are three games back of the Minnesota Twins and hold the top spot in the AL Wildcard race. Puig is batting .252 with 22 HRs and 61 RBIs. Puig’s defense will be key for the Indians, but first, he will have to serve some sort of suspension after what happened. Reyes will look to do the same with his bat as he’s batting .255 with 27 HRs and 46 RBIs. Allen is currently ranked 98th in the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects.
Bauer, 28, hasn’t been his 2018 self but will serve as a key starter for the Reds for a possible playoff run next year. Although this year the Reds are currently 6.5 games out of the NL Wildcard, so there’s a chance, but the odds aren’t looking good. Bauer is currently 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA and 185 strikeouts.
It was very odd to see the Padres involved in this trade, especially since they gave up a top pitcher in their farm system where they need all the pitching they could get. Now, the Padres could like what they have in their young pitchers since their farm system is so deep, or they could be poised to make a big offseason move. Trammell is a good piece to get as he is ranked 30th in the MLB.com Top-100 Prospects List.
Trammell might be having a rough season in the minors, but his speed and defense can always be counted on. Even though he is batting .236 in the minors, he has some upside, especially for a kid that won the 2018 Futures Game MVP. I believe the Padres are set on their future center fielder, they just have to be patient.