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Cleveland trades Trevor Bauer to Reds, per report

Yasiel Puig will head to Cleveland as part of a three-team trade.

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Well, this is a surprise. Trevor Bauer is headed to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team trade, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal also includes outfielder Yasiel Puig, who will head north from Cincinnati to Cleveland, and top prospect Taylor Trammell, who goes from Cincinnati to the San Diego Padres. Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen are also involved, moving from San Diego to Cleveland.

The trade itself is still unfolding as of Tuesday evening, but odds are the above pieces are the biggest fish involved in this deal. Cleveland’s insistence on dealing Bauer has been a mystery all month, and it remains to be seen how much Bauer’s temper tantrum on the mound on Sunday had to do with his quick dismissal. Cleveland has rocketed up the standings since these rumors started, however, and now hold a 2 12 game lead for the first AL Wild Card spot. They are also just 2 12 games out of first in the AL Central, having gained 5 12 games in the standings in July alone.

The deal makes more sense for the other clubs involved. Cincinnati gives up one of its best prospects for a bonafide ace, albeit one with a tendency to burn bridges at every stop. The Reds are currently 6 12 games out of both the NL Central and NL Wild Card races, but Bauer is also under club control for the 2020 season. He will join righthander Luis Castillo at the top of the Reds’ rotation, giving them one of the best one-two punches in the National League.

The Padres, meanwhile, are the big winners at first glance. Franmil Reyes has blossomed into an above-average hitter over the past two years, but his defense limits his overall ceiling. Allen is a solid prospect who is on the cusp of the major leagues, but is an expendable piece from one of the deepest farm systems in baseball. In Trammell, they gain a true top-end prospect with five-tool potential. He is the No. 30 prospect in all of baseball on both MLB Pipeline’s and Baseball Prospectus’ current rankings.

There’s also this guy.

I don’t know anything about him, but Cleveland’s track record with developing players in the lower minors is rather strong.

And this guy!

This is a sizable haul for Cleveland. Does it mean good things for Matthew Boyd’s trade market? We’ll see.