Indians, Reds, Padres agree on three-team trade involving Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Indians, Reds, and Padres have agreed on a three-team trade. The Indians will receive Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, and Victor Nova. The Reds will get Trevor Bauer, and the Padres will get Taylor Trammell.

Bauer, 28, hasn’t lived up to the lofty standards he set when he finished with a 2.21 ERA last year. He currently owns a 3.79 ERA with 185 strikeouts and a major league-high 63 walks in 156 2/3 innings. The right-hander, earning $13 million this season, will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility going into 2020.

Puig, 28, has had a down year offensively, batting .255/.305/.480 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 400 plate appearances entering Tuesday’s action. He’s owed the remainder of his $8.7 million salary before heading into free agency after the season.

Reyes, 24, has burst onto the scene, belting 43 home runs since making his major league debut in mid-May 2018. This year, he’s gone deep 27 times and knocked in 46 runs while batting .253/.312/.535 in 349 trips to the plate. Reyes hasn’t yet reached a year of service time, so he will be under the Indians’ control for quite some time.

Allen, 22, is the Padres’ No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He made his big league debut on June 18. Since then, he has allowed 20 runs (19 earned) on 32 hits and 13 walks with 14 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings. Prior to 2019, however, his stats in the minors were quite good and there is obviously some potential there.

Trammell, 21, was selected by the Reds in the first round (35th overall) in the 2016 draft. He’s the Reds’ No. 1 prospect and No. 30 across baseball, per MLB Pipeline. With Double-A Chattanooga this year, Trammell has hit .236/.350/.338 with 17 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, 47 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 377 PA.

Nova, 19, has spent his season in rookie ball. He’s spent time at third base, center field, left field, and second base while batting .330/.421/.451 in 109 PA.

Moss, 24, is rated No. 12 in the Reds’ system. With Chattanooga this year, he owns a 3.44 ERA with 123 strikeouts and 57 walks in 102 innings of work.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jacob deGrom is headed to the free-spending Texas Rangers, who believe the health risk is worth the potential reward in trying to end a six-year run of losing.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday, leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened substantially by injuries.

“We acknowledge the risk, but we also acknowledge that in order to get great players, there is a risk and a cost associated with that,” Rangers general manager Chris Young said. “And one we feel like is worth taking with a player of Jacob’s caliber.”

Texas announced the signing after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

The Rangers were also big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).

The team said deGrom will be introduced in a news conference at Globe Life Field next week following the winter meetings in San Diego.

“It fits in so many ways in terms of what we need,” Young said. “He’s a tremendous person. I have a number of close friends and teammates who played with Jacob and love him. I think he’s going to be just a perfect fit for our clubhouse and our fans.”

Texas had modest expectations after adding Seager, Semien and starter Jon Gray ($56 million, four years) last offseason but still fell short of them.

The Rangers went 68-94, firing manager Chris Woodward during the season, and then hired Bruce Bochy, a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco. Texas’ six straight losing seasons are its worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

Rangers owner Ray Davis said the club wouldn’t hesitate to keep adding payroll. Including the $19.65 million qualifying offer accepted by Martin Perez, the team’s best pitcher last season, the Rangers have spent nearly $761 million in free agency over the past year.

“I hate losing, but I think there’s one person in our organization who hates losing worse than me, and I think it’s Ray Davis,” Young said. “He’s tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. Our organization is tired of losing.”

After making his first start in early August last season, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then passed up a $30.5 million salary for 2023 and opted out of his contract to become a free agent for the first time.

That ended his deal with the Mets at $107 million over four years, and deGrom rejected their $19.65 million qualifying offer in November. New York will receive draft-pick compensation for losing him.

The fan favorite becomes the latest in a long line of ace pitchers to leave the Mets for one reason or another, including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone.

The Rangers visit Citi Field from Aug. 28-30.

When healthy, deGrom is perhaps baseball’s most dominant pitcher. His 2.52 career ERA ranks third in the expansion era (since 1961) behind Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (2.48) and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (2.19) among those with at least 200 starts.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five career postseason starts, including a win over San Diego in the wild-card round this year that extended the Mets’ season. New York was eliminated the next night.

A four-time All-Star and the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom was a ninth-round draft pick by the Mets in 2010 out of Stetson, where he played shortstop before moving to the mound. He was slowed by Tommy John surgery early in his career and didn’t reach the majors until age 26.

Once he arrived, though, he blossomed. He helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series and earn a 2016 playoff berth before winning consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019.

But injuries to his elbow, forearm and shoulder blade have limited him to 26 starts over the past two seasons. He compiled a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021, but did not pitch after July 7 that year because of arm trouble.

DeGrom is 82-57 with 1,607 strikeouts in 1,326 innings over nine big league seasons. He gets $30 million next year, $40 million in 2024 and 2025, $38 million in 2026 and $37 million in 2027. The deal includes a conditional option for 2028 with no guaranteed money.

The addition of deGrom gives the Rangers three proven starters along with Gray and Perez, who went 12-8 with a career-best 2.89 ERA in his return to the team that signed him as a teenager out of Venezuela. Young didn’t rule out the addition of another starter.

With several holes on their starting staff, the Mets have shown interest in free agents Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodon to pair with 38-year-old Max Scherzer atop the rotation.

Now, with deGrom gone, signing one of those two could become a much bigger priority.