Indians trade Jake Bauers to Mariners after DFA

Bauers was part of the 2018 trade that included the M's, Rays
Mar 10, 2021; Goodyear, Arizona, USA; Cleveland Indians infielder Jake Bauers against the Los Angeles Angels during a Spring Training game at Goodyear Ballpark. Photo credit © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland Indians have traded Jake Bauers to the Seattle Mariners, five days after the Tribe designated the first baseman for assignment.

Bauers, who will be in Seattle's starting lineup for their Thursday game against the Detroit Tigers, was dealt for a player to be named later or cash.

Bauers was part of the three-team trade back in 2018 that involved both the Tribe and Mariners (along with the Tampa Bay Rays) that sent Yandy Díaz and Cole Sulser to Tampa Bay and Edwin Encarnación to Seattle - and also returned Carlos Santana to Cleveland. At the time, Bauers was coming off a 2018 in which he hit 11 home runs and 48 runs batted in over 96 games with the Rays, who acquired the then-prospect from the San Diego Padres in a 2014 deal that included the Washington Nationals.

In two seasons with the Indians (three if including Bauers' 2020 campaign at Cleveland's alternate training site), the 25-year-old compiled a .218/.308/.352 slash line with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs over 536 plate appearances.

Bauers got another shot at the pros this past spring when he won the position battle against current-Indians infielder Bobby Bradley. Despite Bradley having better numbers during spring training, Bauers made the Opening Day roster because he was out of minor league options. In 43 games this year for the Tribe, Bauers was batting .190 with two homers and six RBIs, along with an OPS of .557 and 27 strikeouts.

Bauers will now suit up for Seattle, who has been beset by injuries at both first base and in the outfield - positions at which Bauers has had experience.

To make room for the incoming Bauers, the Mariners DFA'd infielder Jack Mayfield.