by Steve Mancuso

Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig, Taylor Trammell trade rumors/analysis

Here are the new trade reports / rumors. The new blockbuster being that the Reds are talking to Cleveland about SP Trevor Bauer and Taylor Trammell is being mentioned as part of it.

Bauer becomes a free agent at the end of 2020. So the Reds would be trading for 1 year and 2 months of his pitching. Bauer had a huge year in 2018 (3.14 xFIP, 5.8 fWAR). But he’s struggling by comparison in 2019. Bauer’s 4.29 xFIP is the same as Anthony DeSclafani and considerably worse than Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle. Taylor Trammell’s star has dimmed a bit for now. The Reds shouldn’t overpay for Bauer and Trammell might be that.

Or the trade with Cleveland might be a larger one, given this report from Jon Heyman.

This is the first I’ve seen Tampa Bay mentioned as interested in Puig. It sure seems like the market for the Reds right fielder is strengthening. The Rays have an outstanding system of young players.

Steve Mancuso is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up during the Big Red Machine era. He’s been writing about the Reds for more than ten years. Steve’s fondest memories about the Reds include attending a couple 1975 World Series games, being at Homer Bailey’s second no-hitter and going nuts for Jay Bruce at Clinchmas. Steve was also at all three games of the 2012 NLDS, but it’s too soon to talk about that.