Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, Jake Bauers was brought in as a rather hot prospect. He wasn’t expected to win any awards, but he was hoped to be the Indians next left fielder and maybe play a bit at first base.
Well, that hasn’t exactly happened and Bauers has been stuck in the minor leagues. The 2021 season could go one of two ways for Bauers in Cleveland. If the Indians part ways with Carlos Santana, then Bauers could step into first base or compete for time in the outfield. The other option is he continues in the minors the way he has in the past, stuck behind other players.
The recent news that the Indians will be trying Nolan Jones at first base and outfield during fall ball should be an indication of Bauers’ future with the Indians. If that isn’t enough, then trading for Josh Naylor this past season, who plays the exact same positions as Bauers, should provide clarification.
The Indians missed on Bauers. They are trying to find players to fill the role that was cut out for him. Now, they can try and receive something in return for him if there’s a team that thinks they can right the ship and get Bauers back on track.