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Cleveland Indians: An In-Depth Look at a Game-Changing Trade

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Final Trade Take

The Indians have said all along that to move Trevor Bauer they’d need a mammoth haul and boy they sure weren’t kidding. While some may be upset that the best prospect in the deal (Taylor Trammell) isn’t coming to Cleveland, the Tribe added more than enough talent to make up for that. The Tribe had multiple needs and they filled many of them with this deal. Puig fills the need in the outfield while Reyes fills the need at designated hitter. Either could bat cleanup and both provide right-handed thump.

Logan Allen may not be Trevor Bauer by any means, but he could be an inning eater in short order and give the Tribe something they haven’t had in years: a reliable left-handed starting pitcher. Throw in a couple of intriguing prospects as well? Hard to ask for much more than that for a guy that may not have been a top three starting pitcher in the Tribe’s rotation. The one issue with the deal is it does leave the Tribe’s rotation thin at the moment. Danny Salazar will need to really step up and the Tribe needs Corey Kluber to get back before the end of August now. But both of those things seem doable and who knows, maybe the Indians aren’t done yet!

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So what do you think? Like the deal? Think it wasn’t enough? Let us know in the comments below.

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