The club remains open to discussing Bauer with other teams, but Cleveland’s recent hot streak adds an important qualifier: Out of respect to the players who have pushed the Indians to the precipice of a fourth straight playoff appearance, the Tribe must receive immediate Major League talent — likely an impact hitter — in order to move Bauer.
One source said late Thursday that the Padres have emerged as the most serious suitor for Bauer, with less than two weeks before the July 31 Trade Deadline. San Diego is interested in acquiring Bauer as the veteran anchor to its rotation — he’s under control for 2020, as well — and could move one of three young position players to Cleveland: Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe or Luis Urías.
The Padres are in need of top level starting pitching. Bauer would provide that, but he isn’t going to make them contenders.
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