Jake Bauers Needs to Prove the Indians Were Right to Bet on Him

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For the most part, the Cleveland Indians excelled with trades in 2019.

They added significant power to their offense when they moved Trevor Bauer midseason. Their swap of Edwin Encarnacion for Carlos Santana was followed by the latter having the best season of his career.

“For the most part” was said for a reason, though.

Cleveland didn’t see the same success when dealing infielder Yandy Diaz to Tampa for outfielder and first baseman Jake Bauers. During his first year with the Tribe, Bauers disappointed both on the field and off it.

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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