With Bauer becoming a free agent after the 2020 season, you figured the Reds would buy the next 1.5 seasons to convince him to stay in Cincy. But after Bauer's most recent comments, this trade now seems completely pointless for the Reds unless they plan on winning the World Series next year.
One-year deals for the rest of your career. Talk about a gamble for an athlete.
It may not work out for Bauer, as he'll be betting on himself for the rest of his career to stay healthy and produce. It's also not a good thing to hear if you're the Reds, who are going to pay him big money next year for a season in which they probably won't be a top contender.
In the grand scheme of things, the Reds didn't give up a lot. Yasiel Puig was going to be a free agent at season's end, and they obviously weren't as big on outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, who has taken a step back this year.
Give the Reds credit for trying to win by loading up their starting rotation, which could shock everyone next year, but acquiring a pitcher like Bauer who intends on going year-to-year is certainly risky.