Why the three-way trade helps the San Diego Padres, and why it hurts

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PEORIA, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 22: Executive V.P./General Manager A.J. Preller talks to the media at Peoria Stadium on February 22, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 22: Executive V.P./General Manager A.J. Preller talks to the media at Peoria Stadium on February 22, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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PEORIA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 22: Executive V.P./General Manager A.J. Preller talks to the media at Peoria Stadium on February 22, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

The San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a three-way trade on Tuesday. Here’s why it helps the Friars, and why it might sting.

The San Diego Padres lost a good one in Franmil Reyes on Tuesday night, as the outfielder is headed to Cleveland to play in the American League.

Let’s pay our respects to the Franimal:

https://twitter.com/padres/status/1133503229772173312?lang=en

Yes, we will always love you, Franmil. Thanks for the bombs and good times.

Anyway, the San Diego Padres took part in a three-way trade with the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. To no one’s surprise, Trevor Bauer was the main trade piece — he was touted as one of the best pitchers on the market this year.

Perhaps what’s surprising is that the Padres were involved in a deal with Cleveland and didn’t receive Bauer. Instead, they got Taylor Trammell, a top 30 MLB prospect and the Reds number one prospect overall.

Here’s the details of the three-way trade:

Upon first glance, it looks like the Padres got fleeced and the Indians made like bandits. San Diego gave up their darling right fielder in Reyes as well as a top 100 prospect in Logan Allen.

Things are still fresh and emotions high, however. There are definitely some reasons why this could end up being a good trade for the Padres, even though Bauer won’t be suiting up in San Diego. It might sting at first, but it might work out better in the long run, which should be the team’s focus anyway.

Let’s take a look.

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