In a three-team trade tonight, the Twins biggest rival, Cleveland dealt from their major league rotation depth, to address their biggest achilles heel this season.
Trevor Bauer, also known as Max Kepler’s large adult son, has been sent across the state of Ohio to play for the Cincinnati Redlegs. The Reds are giving up outfielder Yasiel Puig and left-handed pitching prospect Scott Moss, who both will be headed north to Cleveland.
The third team involved is the San Diego Padres, who are receiving outfield prospect Taylor Trammell from Cincinnati. The Padres are also sending right fielder Franmil Reyes and marginal swingman Logan Allen to Cleveland in this deal.
The outfield has been a weakness of Cleveland’s this season, as both Jake Bauers in left field and Leonys Martin in center have accumulated negative WAR. Tyler Naquin, their brightest spot in right field, has been worth 1.4 WAR this season. Their entire outfield has been essentially replacement level overall, so adding the 24-year old sophomore Reyes will provide some stability in the future, and the impending free agent, Puig, adds as much value as their three incumbents combined. That said, Cleveland now finds themselves with three right fielders as their best outfielders, so guys may be learning on the fly a bit.
So now, I’ll leave it for you to discuss: does this trade make it easier or harder for the Twins?
The Bauer-Puig trade makes winning the Al Central
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