AP source: Indians who treat Bauer with the Reds, who treat Puig
CLEVELAND (AP) - The final act of Trevor Bauer for the Indians was to throw a ball over the central garden wall.
Yasiel Puig finished his season with Cincinnati in another fight.
Cleveland accepted Commerce Bauer, the talented but demanding right-handed man, addressed the Reds on Tuesday night for Puig in a three-team deal that also involves the San Diego Padres, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The Indians, who are trying to catch the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, also get left-hander Scott Moss from Cincinnati and slugging outfielder Franmil Reyes, lefty Logan Allen and infielder Victor Nova from the Padres, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Commerce had not been announced.
San Diego receives minor league outfielder Taylor Trammell de los Rojos, the person said.
In his last opening for the Indians on Sunday, Bauer, who is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season, threw a frustrated ball from the mound in Kansas City over the central garden wall. The moment seemed to push the Indians to the limit with the enigmatic 28-year-old, who has one of baseball's best arms but can be difficult.
Bauer was fined by Major League Baseball for his amazing effort, a person familiar with the discipline told the AP. The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the discipline was not announced.
Bauer spoke and exchanged hugs with several teammates at the club after Cleveland's 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros before leaving around 10:45 p.m. He refused to talk to journalists.
The Reds did not confirm the Commerce , but Puig said he's bound for Cleveland, where the club's front office was being celebrated for not only getting rid of Bauer but for adding young, quality players who can impact the playoff race.
I'm going to miss all my teammates here, Puig said after the Reds lost 11-4 to Pittsburgh. This part of the year is amazing for me, being on this team and in the city. Now is the time to move on and go to my new team and help my team reach the playoffs ... I want to thank the whole city, Cincinnati. We stay next, we go to Cleveland.
A former All-Star, Puig is hitting .252 with 22 homers, 61 RBIs and 14 steals in 100 games with the Reds, who acquired him in December in a seven-player exchange with the Dodgers.
The gardener born in Cuba has a career average of .275 with 130 homers and 391 RBIs in 812 games. He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.
Bauer is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 24 starts this season, but he hasn't been as consistent as the Indians needed while he waited for the two-time Cy Young Corey Kluber Award winner (broken arm) and Carlos Carrasco ( leukemia) to return to its rotation. Bauer had angered the Indians during the offseason for the comments he made after winning his arbitration case and promised that he would only sign one-year agreements in the future.
Cleveland has been looking to add power to its lineup and Puig and Reyes will help.
However, Puig is facing a possible suspension after he was involved in another brawl with the Pirates just as the Commerce was coming together.
In the ninth inning, the reliever of the Reds, Amir Garrett, rushed into the Pirates' shelter and threw punches, starting a prolonged fight over Puig. When he left the field for the last time, Puig received a warm ovation from the Reds fans. He was also at the center of a close combat between the teams in April, when Puig seemed to face the entire Pirates team near the plate.
Reyes, 24, hit .255 with 27 homers and 46 RBIs in 99 games with the Padres this season. In his last 29 games, the right hitter is hitting .290 with eight homers and 13 RBIs.
AP sports writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.
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