The Indians have optioned first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers and outfielder to Greg Allen, the club announced. The moves create 25-man roster space for Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, the Tribe’s two new outfield acquisitions from their blockbuster three-team trade Tuesday with the Padres and Reds.
It’s been a tough first season in Cleveland for Bauers, as the left-handed bat has managed just a .233/.308/.379 slash line over 383 plate appearances for the Tribe. Acquired along with Carlos Santana in another big three-team swap (with the Mariners and Rays last December), Bauers had top-100 prospect buzz surrounding him in Tampa Bay, and the Tribe were hopeful of a breakout. While Bauers is still only 23 and could certainly still emerge in the future, his lack of production this year was undoubtedly a factor in the pennant-hungry Indians’ need to acquire such notable hitting upgrades in Puig and Reyes.
With Bauers and Allen in the minors, Puig will slide into everyday work in right field while Reyes will likely spend much of his time at DH. The Tribe have Jordan Luplow and utilityman Mike Freeman as backup outfield options on the bench, making Allen expendable.
Good call… get some AB’s down there.
Reyes either hits a homer or strikes out
Sounds like a poor man’s Adam Dunn.
So he’s kind of like Nellie Cruz then, thanks for that observation.
Yup, he’s a 17% above average run creator, which is a mark one point lower than Bryce Harper. I’d say you’re undervaluing his offensive abilities.
82 hits, 27 HR, 9 2B this year. So no, you’re wrong.
Puig traded twice this year. Showboat, hothead, selfish, or is everybody wrong?
For a short term rental? No not at all, what makes guys like him tick will benefit the Tribe while they have him.
All I know is that he is better than we had. Will Naquin switch over to left field?
Yes. Starting there tonight.
Seriously? You’re going to punish him for bringt traded as a rental by a team out of the race?
@johnk. All of the above!
No….you pretty much covered. You’ll probably put up with him if he’s on your side though.
Rays use Indians as a 40 man cut team and it’s funny.
And the Indians are laughing all the way to the playoffs.
And MLB uses the Florida State League (Miami & TB) as AAAA teams.
The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla
Tito Francona is weeping softly that he can’t plug Bauers into the cleanup spot anymore. Now, it will just have to be his other “grinder”, Kipnis.
Maybe Michael Martinez is available on a short-term deal?
That funny, but Bauers never hit leadoff, took 1 AB batting 9th and oh took 2 ABs in the cleanup spot. That’s 2 ABs all season.
The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla
Interesting. My eyes must have played tricks on me then all season. For a random example, I pulled up the May 22nd box score which shows Bauers with 5 ABs in the cleanup spot that day. hmmm
What are the odds of that? You’re sick of a guy supposedly batting cleanup so you pick that one random date from over two months ago to support what you thought he did all season long but only 4x.
I merely clicked on his profile above that showed his stats and clicked on splits which detailed all stats by all situations including lineup order.
And now I stand corrected, it shows 13ABs in the cleanup spot.
The 2ABs were his 2018 split, this season it’s 13ABs.
Might be Kipnis hitting 4th and there’s nothing wrong with that. Since June 16, he’s put up an .884 OPS.
Tribe is finally getting some value out of him at the tail end of that abominable contract. Even if he puts up MVP type numbers in the 2nd half there’s no way on God’s green earth the FO should entertain for even one second picking up his 2020 option.
Puig is batting fourth.
Kipnis and Luplow have basically been platooning cleanup…Bauers hasn’t been cleanup in months
surprised to see the right handed Luplow stay, thought Bauers would because he can cover first and is left handed to give Puig/Reyes days off or fill in for a 3 game sus
I would have kept Allen over Luplow. He provides more overall value.
Luplow annihilates LHPs. No way he was going anywhere.
Allen has speed to be pinch runner, can play all 3 OF positions, and is a switch hitter who’s been hitting better as of late. Like I said — value.
I thought the idea was that we traded for Puig and Reyes to mash lefties?
that trade for bauers is looking more moronic as each day passes. i just remember him jumping on carlos gomez? in a scissoring like action going for a foul ball in tampa. right then and there i knew tampa was embarrassed at who they called a top prospect, dumped him immediately somehow. did nobody else see this hilarious play by a rookie who was way out of his league just on a popup foul ball
Sure thing genius and he esteemed Astros once employed a guy that looked like a buffoon in a basebrawl.
and this has what to do with a grown man jumping into another grown man’s lap and scissoring him during a major league baseball game. it was easily the funniest thing in baseball in the last four years. geeeneyus, buffoon in a basebrawl. nothing like live action scissoring during a mlb game, what do you have against the lgbtq community. so rude
Great contribution troll…
troll? you are comparing a basebrawl to a one in a million random chance jump by two guys at the same time landing in a lap lock. learn to laugh. maybe youve never seen two women scissor? its not the same. the immediate reaction by two men is as horrifying as you could imagine. jumping and having another guy land in your crotch is not something you can script troll
You dont like a guy that hustles and gives up his body to make an out? Btw he did catch it…never seen someone so upset about a guy catching a flyball. Pathetic man.
Jake Bauers is 23 years old. He will have many good days in MLB. You, astro, I doubt have had many good days based on your moronic comments.
Wonder if it was because they traded his brother?