Trevor Bauer and Yasiel Puig might have set a brand new normal for ultimate impressions.
As he was lifted from his final begin for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Bauer hurled a baseball over the middle discipline fence in frustration. And in his final night time in uniform for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Puig brawled with the Pittsburgh Pirates, an act that would earn him a suspension.
Bauer and Puig have been key items of a commerce on Tuesday night time, although it was hardly a one-for-one swap. The Reds obtained Bauer solely, however the Indians received Puig and 4 others: outfielder Franmil Reyes, pitcher Logan Allen and the infield/outfield prospect Victor Nova from the San Diego Padres and the Class AA left-hander Scott Moss from Cincinnati.
The Padres obtained Taylor Trammell, a Class AA outfielder thought of one in all baseball’s greatest prospects, from the Reds.
The groups didn’t announce the extensively reported deal Tuesday, however Puig addressed it after the Reds’ recreation, an 11-Four Pirates win.
“I’m leaving a lot of love,” Puig stated, in keeping with MLB.com. “Now it’s time to move forward and go to my new team and help my team get to the playoffs.”
The buying and selling deadline is Wednesday at Four p.m., and baseball has eradicated the August waiver deadline, theoretically making the July deadline much more vital. Yet the primary two elite starters to vary groups have gone to golf equipment with shedding information: Marcus Stroman to the Mets (from Toronto) on Sunday and now Bauer to the Reds, who are 49-56. Both players are under club control through 2020.
Trading Bauer, who was 9-8 with a 3.79 earned run average while leading the majors in innings pitched, would seem like a curious move for the Indians, who lead the American League wild-card race as they seek their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. But the Indians were dealing from a strength to address a weakness.
Through Monday, Cleveland’s 3.75 staff E.R.A. ranked third-best in the majors, trailing only the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. But the Indians were averaging only 4.66 runs per game — less than the major league average — and in Puig and Reyes, they added instant thump to their lineup: Puig has 22 home runs, and Reyes has 27.
The Indians also have rotation reinforcements on the way. Corey Kluber, the Indians’ two-time Cy Young Award winner, is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game this weekend as he recovers from a broken forearm. Another right-hander, Danny Salazar, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, is scheduled to return this week.
In giving up Trammell, 21, the Reds may have paid a steep price for a year-plus of Bauer, who has said he intends to sign only one-year deals after he reaches free agency. Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com both ranked Trammell among the game’s top 20 prospects before this season. While he has hit only .236 at Class AA Chattanooga, Trammell had a solid on-base percentage (.350) with 17 stolen bases.
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