The Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees made a trade on Friday evening. Cincinnati is sending infielder/outfielder Jake Bauers to New York for cash considerations.
Cincinnati signed Jake Bauers on a minor league contract in late December this past offseason. He spent the 2021 campaign playing in 115 games between the Seattle and Cleveland. He hit .209/.290/.277 in that span. With the Reds he didn’t make the club out of spring training and was sent to Triple-A Louisville. Things almost couldn’t have gone worse for Bauers. In 29 games played he’s hit just .135/.276/.271 for the Bats. Since the beginning of May it’s been even worse – he’s hit .099/.229/.211 in 21 games played.
How much money is coming back in the deal is almost never public information. But the fact that Nick Krall was able to convince anyone to give them any amount of money for a player hitting .135 in Triple-A is flat out incredible. Bauers had been drawing walks in his time with Louisville – he had 19 of them in 116 plate appearances – but that’s six more walks than he had hits all season. The 26-year-old has a better track record than what he’s shown this season for Louisville, but in nearly 1000 big league plate appearances he’s a .213 hitter with a .307 on-base percentage and a .348 slugging percentage. Even in his time in the minors in the past he’d never posted an OPS better than .790 at any level in any given season.