Cleveland Indians: 5 ways Bauer trade helps Tribe get back to World Series

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The Cleveland Indians traded Trevor Bauer and landed Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, creating a lineup positioned to return to the World Series.

No rumor here. The Cleveland Indians traded Trevor Bauer as part of a three-team trade involving the Padres and Reds, and will receive Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen.

Here’s how it all works out:

The Indians get Yasiel Puig (CIN), Franmil Reyes (SD) and Logan Allen (SD)

Cincinnati gets Bauer (CLE)

Padres get outfield prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds).

The Trade rumors were reportedly starting to impact Bauer leading up to the deadline, which coincides with his brain freeze in Kansas City Sunday, in which he launched a ball 350 feet over the center field wall from the pitcher’s mound.

The act embarrassed manager Terry Francona and the rumors indicating Bauer would be dealt hit a fever pitch in the aftermath.

Trading Bauer has a lot to do with his financials. He’s going to arbitration next season and some think he can earn around $20 million.

The fact that the Indians have nice depth in the rotation makes it easier, along with the news that Danny Salazar will be starting again soon and Corey Kluber is close to returning.

The Bauer chapter ends, but will it land the Tribe back in the Fall Classic? Here’s five impacts the trade has on the Indians.