Jake Bauers Sep 21, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Jake Bauers (61) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

News broke on Friday afternoon that the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers agreed on a three-player trade, with a notable outfielder and a couple of prospects being a focal point of the deal.

The notable outfielder heading to the Cream City is Jake Bauers, who played a key role for the Bronx Bombers in 2023. He performed well for a significant stretch of the season, as he was a fill-in for a ballclub that lost several of its players to injury through a tumultuous 2023 campaign. Bauers cooled off in the second half of the season, as he posted just a .495 OPS in 30 games in August and September.

Now, it’s time to see if a change of scenery can help the 28-year-old Bauers revitalize his career, as potentially an everyday contributor for the National League Central club.

It was reported on Friday afternoon that Bauers was being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange, the Yankees will be receiving a pair of minor-league outfielders, Jace Avina and Brian Sánchez.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the deal, which was later confirmed by both the Yankees and Brewers.

The trade caught the attention of MLB fans.

Joel Sherman of The New York Post noted that neither Avina nor Sánchez needs to be on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. As for Bauers, he was among a quartet of players that New York was most likely to trade or not tender a contract by Friday’s 7 p.m. deadline.

In 272 plate appearances last season, Bauers hit .202/.279/.413 with 12 home runs. His numbers are nearly identical to that of Rowdy Tellez, who is likely to be non-tendered by the Brewers on Friday, as Bauers will be a fraction of the cost for a similar level of production.

[Jeff Passan, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers]

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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.