Indians add Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes in deal that sends Trevor Bauer to Reds

The Indians found a trade partner — in a way, two — for right-hander Trevor Bauer. In the process of dealing the enigmatic right-hander Tuesday night, Cleveland addressed its lack of right-handed power in the lineup.

The Indians agreed to send Bauer to the Reds in a three-team trade that also involves the Padres. In return, the Indians will add outfielder Yasiel Puig from the Reds and outfielder Franmil Reyes and left-hander Logan Allen from the Padres. Reds outfield prospect Taylor Trammell is headed to San Diego in the deal, which also involves other minor-leaguers.

Puig, who is eligible for free agency this winter, is batting .255 with 22 home runs. Reyes is hitting .253 with 27 homers, and Allen has a 6.75 ERA in 25 ⅓ innings.

Puig, however, could be facing a suspension after he was involved in a brawl with the Pirates just as the trade was coming together Tuesday.

Likewise, Bauer is moving on immediately after an unpleasant onfield incident.

In his last start for the Indians on Sunday, Bauer threw a ball in frustration from the mound over the center-field wall as manager Terry Francona was coming out to make a pitching change. The action led to terse words from Francona to Bauer both on the field and in the clubhouse afterward.

Following Cleveland’s 2-0 loss to the Astros on Tuesday, Bauer talked and exchanged hugs with several teammates before departing. He declined to speak with reporters.

Trammell, 21, was the Reds’ first-round draft pick in 2016. He was hitting .236 with six homers at Double-A Chattanooga.

• The Cubs acquired right-handed reliever David Phelps from the Blue Jays for minor-league right-hander Thomas Hatch. Phelps, who had Tommy John surgery in March 2017 and missed the 2018 season, has a 3.63 ERA in 17 games since returning on June 17.

“There was a time when he was kind of a reverse guy when he first began, would be really good against lefties, cut the ball in, elevated fastball,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s become more of a conventional pitcher the last couple years, but he still has that ability to get out a lefty too, a very aggressive sort, a very, very physical, aggressive, let’s-go kind of guy.”

• The Braves acquired right-handed reliever Chris Martin, who had a 3.08 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 38 innings, from the Rangers for minor-league left-hander Kolby Allard.

Injury report: Blue Jays closer Ken Giles got a cortisone shot in his right elbow to treat what the club called mild inflammation. Team trainer Nikki Huffman said an MRI exam showed no structural problems, and that the shot would provide Giles with “a long-lasting effect.” … The White Sox activated shortstop Tim Anderson from the injured list. … Players landing on the IL included Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (neck) and Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith (calf).

Briefly: The Phillies signed reliever Blake Parker, who had a 4.21 ERA and 10 saves in 37 games with the Twins before being designated for assignment last week. He became a free agent Monday when he declined a minor-league assignment. … The Orioles claimed infielder Jose Rondon on waivers from the White Sox. … The Cardinals claimed left-handed reliever Adalberto Mejia, a former Giants minor-leaguer, off waivers from the Angels.

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