The Indians had given Bauers all the time they could to settle into their formation. He struggled in 2019 after being swapped out from Tampa Bay and remained in the alternate training venue for the entire 2020 season. But as he was short on options this year, the team wanted to make sure he gave him a proper look before cut the ties.
“Sometimes when you get traded by your first team, it’s a bit difficult because you feel like family,” Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday. “I think Jake felt that a little bit when he came here. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you wanted them to. That doesn’t mean they won’t. As I said before, I just didn’t know it was going to happen with us, not with the calendar we were looking for. “
Bauers was hitting 190 with two home runs and six RBI in 43 games for the Indians this season. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter is a career .211 hitter with 25 homers and 97 RBI in 256 games in three big league seasons with the Rays and Indians. On Saturday, Cleveland made the decision to try Bobby Bradley at first, thus designating Bauers for the post.
Bauers will dress for the Mariners in Detroit on Thursday, but it won’t be long before he returns to Cleveland. Seattle’s next stop is a three-game set at Progressive Field Friday through Sunday.