Report: Padres "serious suitor" for Trevor Bauer

The Indians want a proven bat in a trade package for the right-hander

James Rapien
July 19, 2019 - 9:43 am
Jul 18, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) delivers against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The San Diego Padres have emerged as serious suitors for Trevor Bauer according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

The report indicates that the Indians are open to dealing Bauer, but only if they receive Major League ready talent that can contribute right away. That part makes sense, considering Cleveland has won 16 of its' last 19 games and are just four games behind the Twins in the American League Central Division. 

The Indians would host the American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field if the season ended with last night's win over Detroit. 

Morosi mentions three young position players that the Indians could target in a Bauer trade: Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe and Luis Urías. Reyes has the power the Indians need, with 26 home runs and 44 RBI this season. He's a right-handed hitter, which is also something President Chris Antonetti will look for prior to the deadline. 

Renfroe has a lot in common with Reyes. They're both right-handed power hitters, whose average is right around .250 (.249 currently). He has 27 home runs and 49 RBI this season. 

As for Urías, there's no way he would be the Major League ready player in a deal for Bauer. He's a promising young infielder, who can play shortstop, second and third base, but he has 72 career at-bats (24 in 2019).

A package involving one of the power hitters – Renfroe and Reyes, plus Urías, would likely get the Indians' attention.

Renfroe is under team control for the next three seasons. He's arbitration eligible in 2020. Reyes won't reach arbitration until 2021 and isn't scheduled to hit free agency until 2024. 

Bauer has one more year of arbitration before he hits free agency in 2021. The Indians will likely trade him this winter if they don't get what they're looking for at the deadline.

The Indians' front office is going to be busy over the next 12 days. The July 31 trade deadline is quickly approaching, which means they'll have to make some tough decisions involving Bauer and other players on their roster.