Trevor Bauer is back to pitching after briefly being shut down following a demotion to the minors, but the Diamondbacks plan to keep him at Triple-A until the Pacific Coast League season is over.
That means he won’t be recalled when rosters expand on September 1 and could remain in the minors until September 16, which is when the PCL playoffs are done.
Of course, if Reno gets eliminated before then Bauer will likely be on the first flight to Arizona and general manager Kevin Towers told Tyler Emerick of MLB.com that “I’d imagine he’ll at least get a start or two” down the stretch.
Bauer is one of the elite pitching prospects in baseball, but the former No. 3 overall pick struggled to consistently throw strikes during his first taste of the big leagues and allowed 13 runs in 16 innings.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.