Indians trade for Yasiel Puig, send Trevor Bauer to Reds

    By Amber Lee
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    Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds. He’s part of a deal that sends Yasiel Puig in the opposite direction, and both teams confirmed the news on Wednesday.

     

    Trevor Bauer angered Indians manager Terry Francona on Sunday after hurling a baseball over center field in frustration. As a result, he joins the Reds after six years in Cleveland.

     

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    The 28-year-old right-hander’s deal comes as Major League Baseball’s mid-season trade window prepares to slam shut later Wednesday.

    Under the three-team move, the Reds’ Cuban outfielder Puig and minor league pitcher Scott Moss will also move to Cleveland.

    Bauer and Puig’s moves come after recent controversy involving both players. Bauer irked Francona on Sunday after hurling a pitch into center field in disgust.

    Puig’s last act for the Reds, meanwhile, saw him pile into a mass brawl on Tuesday in a clash with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    “We appreciate Trevor’s contributions to the organization in his time with us, and while it’s never easy to part with a player of his caliber, we feel we’ve traded from an area of depth to help bolster our Major League club for this year and the foreseeable future,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said in a statement.

     

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    Bauer, an All-Star in 2018, was part of the Cleveland team which reached the World Series in 2016, losing in seven games to the Chicago Cubs. As a result, Bauer lost both of his starts on the mound in that series.