The Indians introduced this morning that they’ve traded first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers to the Mariners in alternate for a participant to be named later. Cleveland designated Bauers for task over the weekend, clearing an avenue for Bobby Bradley to get a possibility at first base. The Mariners designated infielder Jack Mayfield for task with the intention to open a roster spot for Bauers, based on a press launch of their very own.
Bauers, 25, has spent elements of three seasons on the MLB degree however has but to provide a lot within the large leagues. He was ranked as one of many recreation’s high 75 or so prospects previous to each the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Baseball America, FanGraphs and MLB.com, however the above-average uncooked energy and hit software that contributed to these rankings has but to essentially manifest. He’s logged 924 plate appearances between the Indians and the Rays however managed solely a tepid .211/.309/.365 slash. Bauers does stroll at a hearty 12 % clip and will be deployed at any of first base, left discipline or proper discipline.
It in all probability feels to many like Bauers needs to be older than 25, given the truth that his MLB debut got here on the age of twenty-two. However he’s nonetheless a comparatively youthful possibility for the Mariners to attempt to catch some lightning in a bottle. He’s out of minor league choices, so he’ll want to stay on the Main League roster or else be as soon as once more designated for task. Nonetheless, with the mounting accidents the Mariners are dealing with at first base and within the outfield, it’s not a shock to see them usher in another choice.
The Mariners are with out middle fielder Kyle Lewis indefinitely after the 2020 Rookie of the Yr sustained one other knee damage late final month. First baseman Evan White struggled once more to start the season and has now spent almost a month on the IL with a strained hip flexor. Infield/outfield choices Sam Haggerty (shoulder irritation) and Dylan Moore (calf pressure) are each on the shelf for the time being as nicely, with Haggerty specifically out of the image after being shifted to the 60-day IL. In the meantime, uber-prospect Jarred Kelenic fell right into a nightmarish droop after cracking a few early homers to start his MLB profession. Seattle optioned him again to Triple-A Tacoma this week.
That is the third commerce and fourth group for Bauers, a 2013 seventh-round choose who has the excellence of getting been concerned in a pair of notable three-team swaps. He went from the Padres to the Rays within the 2014 Wil Myers/Trea Turner deal. After debuting within the Majors with the Rays in 2018, he was flipped to Cleveland within the commerce in a commerce that, coincidentally sufficient, additionally concerned the Mariners. That deal despatched Edwin Encarnacion and a Aggressive Stability draft choose from Cleveland to Seattle, with the Indians netting Carlos Santana and buying and selling Yandy Diaz and Cole Sulser to Tampa Bay.
As for the 30-year-old Mayfield, he’s now been designated for task by a trio of AL West groups previously 12 months. The Astros, who signed Mayfield as an undrafted free agent in 2013, positioned him on waivers final November, and he’s since bounced to the Braves, then the Angels after which the Mariners.
Mayfield is the quintessential light-hitting utility infielder. He’s a more-than-capable defender at any of shortstop, second base or third base however has struggled significantly to deal with large league pitching. He’s had 150 turns on the plate previously three seasons mixed however put collectively a dismal .168/.195/.259 output in that point. Mayfield does carry a way more spectacular .269/.325/.475 batting line in elements of 5 Triple-A seasons, nonetheless, and he will be optioned each this 12 months and subsequent. The Mariners could have every week to commerce him or try to go him by way of outright waivers.