The Reds have pulled a Mets, but it’s apparently more complicated than that. First the shocking news.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds, sources familiar with the deal tells ESPN. He will move as part of a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres, according to sources.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
The Reds are seemingly out of it this year, both in the Central and in the Wild Card race, so Bauer feels more like a 2020 piece … but he’s going to be extremely expensive next year. And the value he provides in 2019 is going to be wasted.
UPDATE: This makes sense. Reds upgrade outfield and offense immediately, but also pick up long-term pieces:
Indians get: Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, Yasiel Puig, Victor Nova, Scott Moss.
Reds get: Trevor Bauer.
Padres get: Taylor Trammell.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019