In a shocking twist of events, the Reds surprise everyone and turn into buyers tonight. Jeff Passan reports that right-fielder Yasiel Puig and top-prospect Taylor Trammell will be traded for Cleveland Indians’ righty, Trevor Bauer. A third team, the San Diego Padres, are also involved, making this a three-team trade.
The Padres will receive Trammell, while they send left-handed pitcher Logan Allen and right-fielder Franmil Reyes to the Indians. The Reds’ lefty prospect Scott Moss is also being sent to the Land.
This move comes as a surprise considering the Reds sit 6.5 games back from both the National League Central and NL Wild Card race. I wrote over the weekend how the Reds should be sellers, but they apparently have other plans and believe they still have a shot this year.
Bauer will make an excellent addition to an already surprisingly-good rotation. He sports a 9-8 record with a 3.79 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 156.2 innings-pitched. He is also under team-control through next season.
This trade continues the “win now” mentality that the front office attempted to develop last season by bringing Puig and Alex Wood in to begin with. It may be seen as a risky move to give away their top prospect, but I believe it’s a move they had to make to continue the climb up the division that is still up for grabs.